Divisional Commissioner Patiala launches ‘Tree for Gun’ scheme in Barnala
Barnala, September 7, 2020: In order to keep depleting groundwater under check by planting the saplings, Patiala Divisional Commissioner Chander Gaind on Monday launched ‘Tree for Gun’ scheme which will not only enhance the green cover but will ensure the upkeep of the saplings. With the launching of this scheme, Barnala has become the fifth district after Ferozepur, Patiala, Sangrur, and Ludhiana to launch this unique nature-friendly initiative.
PLANT 10 TREES FOR A NEW GUN LICENSE AND 5 FOR RENEWAL- DIVISIONAL COMMISSIONER CHANDER GAIND
INITIATIVE AIM TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE TO PLANT MORE SAPLINGS, THOUSANDS OF SAPLINGS ARE EXPECTED TO BE PLANTED ANNUALLY
Launching the scheme in the local district administrative complex, Divisional Commissioner Chander Gaind accompanied by Barnala DC TejPartap Singh Foolka and other officials, said that the motive was to encourage the people to plant more and more saplings besides increasing green cover of the district with expected annual plantation of thousands of saplings.
Gaind said that anyone who wants the new arms license or a renewal of an existing would have to plant ten and five saplings respectively. He said that one would have to submit a selfie with each planted sapling at the time of filing of an application adding he said that after a period of one month, before moving the application for police clearance and Dope Test, the applicant needs to furnish the fresh status of the planted trees by submitting new selfies with the grown-up trees. The scheme was started in Ferozepur district which witnesses immense success, thereafter it was launched in Patiala and Sangrur districts recently and Barnala has become the fifth district in the state to become part of this unique initiative, Gaind added.
Disclosing more information, the divisional commissioner said that in Barnala, the district administration has issued 9500 arms licenses adding the district receives 200 applications of arms licences and thousands applicant approaches administration for license renewal annually.
The divisional commissioner further added that keeping in view this figure; thousands of saplings could be planted in the district per annum. Adding more information, he said that if the scheme is taken to state level, then around 2.64 lakh saplings would be planted by applicants. He said that the Country has 732 districts and if each district gets 200 such applications and around one crore saplings would be planted in the country which would add sizeable area under green cover.
Gaind told that if the applicant does not find the space for planting the sapling, he can plant the sapling in public places, educational institutes, and religious shrines and along the roadside but he has to ensure proper upkeep. He also appealed to plant only those saplings that have low absorption of water to contribute towards Jal Shakti Abhiyan, and suggested that these varieties may be of Amla, Neem, Babool, Sheesham etc but certainly not of eucalyptus-type species.
DC Barnala Tej Partap Singh Foolka assured Divisional Commission to make the program a huge success in Barnala district with proper execution and monitoring of the planted trees besides random checking by the concerned employees to ensure compulsory plantation.
It is worthwhile to mention that Divisional Commissioner Gaind, during his stint as Deputy Commissioner Ferozepur, had introduced the same concept there, which was appreciated by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on his Twitter account. The ‘Trees-for Gun’ scheme had also caught an overwhelming interest of the world media and put the border district of Ferozepur on the global map in its combat against desertification.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Chander Gaind Reviewed preparedness to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the district besides other pro-people development schemes including Jal-Shakti Abhiyan, and agricultural schemes.
On the occasion, IAS Varjeet Walia, ADC Aditya Dechalwal, GA Ashoke Kumar, and others were present.