Raipur: Chhattisgarh will be planted along the banks of rivers, 10 million saplings: Dr. Raman Singh: The signing of MOU between the state government and the Isha Foundation for the promotion and conservation of rivers and water resources.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has said that intensive plantation will be done in a one kilometer radius on both sides of rivers in Chhattisgarh. For this, the target of planting 10 million saplings has been fixed. Chhattisgarh also has active participation in the campaign to save the rivers. Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh today organized a function organized to mark the mutual consent letter (MOU) between the Water Resources Department of the State Government and the Isha Foundation for the promotion and conservation of rivers and water resources in Chhattisgarh in the Ministry (Mahanadi Bhavan) here today. Were addressing. The founder of Isha Foundation, Sadguru Shri Jaggi Vasudev was also present on this occasion. According to this agreement, tree plantation will be done on large scale along rivers and water sources and activities of agro forestry and horticulture will be encouraged. Water is available in rivers and water sources throughout the year. Technical guidance will be given by Isha Foundation in this work. On behalf of the State Government, the MoU was signed by Mr. Sonamani Bora, Secretary, Water Resources and on behalf of Isha Foundation, Ms. Mamita Sen Sarma, her representative.

    Chief Minister Dr. Singh welcomed Sadguru Shri Jaggi Vasudev in Chhattisgarh and said that spiritual guru Shri Vasudev is running a grand campaign to save rivers and nature in the country and the world. Chhattisgarh got the opportunity to join this campaign. Chhattisgarh will also be an active participant in saving the rivers of Mahabhaion. He said that it is very important to maintain the balance of nature today. Chhattisgarh has set a target to plant 10 million saplings. Plantation is being done on the water storage areas of the Mahanadi, Shivnath, Arpa and Parri and the major rivers of the state. Under the guidance of Isha Foundation this work will go on fast. He said that a one kilometer radius big tree plantation campaign will be run on available land along the rivers. He said that in this work the cooperation of Forest Department, Agriculture and Horticulture, Revenue, Environment and Panchayat and Rural Development Department will be taken. The Chief Minister also invited Sadguru Shri Jaggi Vasudev to join the form of state guest in Bastar Dussehra.

    Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Shri Brij Mohan Agarwal, Forest Minister, Mr. Mahesh Gagda, Chief Secretary Mr. Vivek Dhand, Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture Mr. Ajai Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Aman Kumar Singh, Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Subodh Kumar Singh, Secretary, Water Resources Department Shri Senior officials of concerned departments including Sonamani Bora, were present on the occasion. Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Shri Brij Mohan Agarwal said on this occasion that Chhattisgarh has a tradition of worshiping rivers, rivers are considered as mothers. Our culture has flourished on the banks of rivers. Chhattisgarh will also take active part in this campaign to save the rivers. On this occasion, Sadguru Shri Jaggi Vasudev said that in the task of conservation and promotion of rivers and water resources, Chhattisgarh can become a model state for the country. In order to save the rivers, they have to make a proper tree plantation in one kilometer on their edges. He said that it is our good fortune that there is the highest biodiversity in India, which we have to be saved. We have to ensure that there are perennial rivers and green environment available to future generations. Chief Secretary Shri Vivek Dhand gave welcome speech. He gave information about plantation campaigns and water conservation and protection work in Chhattisgarh. The program was conducted by Mr. Sonamani Bora, Secretary, Department of Water Resources. He informed that according to the MoU, the awareness of the villagers settled near the rivers and water structures of the state will be ensured and their participation in this work will be ensured. Villagers will be encouraged to keep rivers and water bodies clean. A comprehensive awareness program will also be organized in collaboration with the farmers and youth. The Department of Water Resources has been made the nodal department for this.