The 86 lakh farmers of Uttar Pradesh, whose loans are being waived, should be asked to plant ten saplings each so that there are more trees, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Monday.
Even those who seek permission to cut a tree should also be asked to plant ten, the chief minister said while speaking at an event to mark International Environment Day.
"While distributing letters of loan waiver to 86 lakh farmers, all of them should be given ten saplings each. They should be asked not only to plant them but also to keep them safe," he said.
The Adityanath government had recently announced waiver of crop loans of up to Rs one lakh, owed by small and marginal farmers.
It is necessary to give individuals the responsibility of keeping plants safe for increasing the forest cover of the state from the present nine percent to 15 percent, the chief minister said.
He said that India does not need to follow any other country as far as ways and means for preserving the environment are concerned. It is possible through the traditional methods prevalent in the country, he said.
Adityanath said that there was a need to turn environment conservation into a people's movement as the efforts of government alone won't be sufficient.
Referring to the issue of global warming, he said that there was a need to strike a balance with nature.
Updated Date: Jun 05, 2017 18:53 PM