In a bid to increase the green cover in Goa, CM Pramod Sawant on Monday, urged all MLAs to take up tree plantation drives during the upcoming forest festival in the State.
'Vanmahotsav' will be held in the State from July to September. "As we are welcoming rains this monsoon season, I would invite you to join hands with me to improve the green cover of Goa by taking up tree plantation activities in all possible areas with the involvement of every member of the society," Sawant said in a letter to the legislators.
He said the forest department has been asked to work out a detailed programme for the 'Vanmahotsav' to cover all the cities and villages along with local communities. He has also urged the MLAs to guide the forest department in selecting suitable sites for tree plantation and motivate people to participate in the campaign. “The forest department will provide saplings as per people's choice and site-specific criteria and also distribute plants free to individuals and institutions”, he said.