Anantnag, Mar 7: On the directions of Choudhary Lal Singh, minister for forests, environment and ecology, a mega plantation drive was launched by Syed Waseem Gul Divisional Forest Officer Social forestry Anantnag in Mehand Khirm where large number of Deodar, Kail and fruit plants were planted in the forest areas besides Chinar trees at vital locations.
All the field staff of entire Anantnag range, other areas took part in the day-long mega plantation drive which will continue during winter season in other areas of Anantnag range. Plantation drive was started from Khirm Mehand where DFO kick-started the mega plantation drive by planting a Deodar sapling. The plantation was carried at two locations in Khirm area in the closures created by the Social Forestry Division Anantnag. All the field staff of social forestry took part in the plantation drive.
Addressing a largely attended gathering near Mehand Khirm Range Officer Social forestry Anantnag Ishtiyaq Ahmad Makhdoomi said that Social forest department has taken a pledge to rejuvenate the degraded forest area of Kashmir.
The range officer also urged the people especially students to carry forward the mission of plantation at their own level planting saplings at schools and their homes at any time of the year.