Green campaign: Haryana government to plant 25 lakh saplings

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New Delhi:

In an effort to expand green cover in Haryana, the state government is planning to launch a green campaign for plantation of 25 lakh saplings in the state, Forest Minister Rao Narbir Singh said on Friday.

To boost public participation, students of government schools would be given Rs 50 every six months for three years for plantation and care of the plants, the minister said at a workshop in Gurgoan.

The workshop was organised by a Germany-based organisation GIZ, in collaboration with the Ministry of Forests, Environment and Climate Change, Government of India, at Bhondsi Nature Camp in Gurgaon.

Several NGOs and forest officials of the state took part in the workshop and discussed plans for environmental conservation and climate change, according to an official statement.

The state government has introduced several new schemes, including ‘Har Ghar Hariyali’ and ‘Har Ghar Paidon Ki Chhaaon’, to increase green cover in Haryana, Singh said.

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