Van Mahotsav is an annual tree-planting festival in India which was started in 1950s. It is celebrated in the first week of July, every year, and aims at spreading awareness amongst people about the harm caused by cutting down of trees or deforestation. Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has taken up several initiatives to ensure the sustainability of the environment all around the year. From making a Guinness World Record by planting 10 lakh trees in 24 hours to organizing various bird festival in the state, the Green CM has tried to maintain and improve the green quotient of the state. So for Van Mahotsav, of course Uttar Pradesh saw a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.
The dwindling monsoons in the state and the constant rise in population has lead the Akhilesh Government to organize many novel promotions for Van Mahotsav. The event started on 1st of July and saw the plantation of 1100 saplings in Lucknow. At the occasion people were present in huge numbers and the Chief Guest was Forest Minister, Durga Prasad Yadav. He said, “This event has been organized by the state government to make the state greener and pollution-free. It is an important link in afforestation and inculcating love in the citizens for trees and plants”, apart from educating people about the benefits of this act.
In 2015, during Van Mahotsav almost 5 crore plants were planted in the entire state. This will lead to an immense Carbon bank for the future generation in about 20 years. This year the Forest Department is hoping to double this number by the end of the month.
Social Samajwadi requests the citizens of Uttar Pradesh to come together and help Akhilesh Government in achieving their goals.
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