The students of class XII in Haryana will get extra marks and a certificate for nurturing saplings for four years with the Manohar Lal Khattar Government finalizing a scheme in this regard to engage the teenagers actively in planting and nurturing the saplings.
The Chief Minister Manohar Lal had in the month of June announced to introduce such a scheme following which a detailed plan has now been prepared jointly by the Education Department and Forest Department.
VS Tanwar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Haryana while talking to The Pioneer said a scheme has been chalked out by the Departments under which the students passing out of class XII will get extra marks and an appreciation certificate for planting a sapling and taking care of it.
Giving details, Tanwar said after passing out from class VII, each student will be given a sapling from the Forest Department. The students will have to plant these saplings and nurture them. After four years, these students will be given at least 10 extra marks and an appreciation certificate in final assessment of class XII on the basis of survival and growth of saplings, which will be assessed by the Forest Department, he said.
The provision of giving extra marks to the students is made under the Board of School Education, Haryana.
The PCCF further said that the objective of the scheme is to make students conscious of the environment and to instill a feeling of accomplishment and nurturing spirit in them.
Earlier, the government had launched Paudhgiri Abhiyan to encourage the students to plant saplings and take care of them, he added.
Under Paudhgiri Abhiyan of the State Government, the students from class VI to XII in both government and private schools get Rs 50 every 6 months for a duration of three years for a sapling they plant. The students, who are associated with the campaign, are asked to send photos by geo tagging their planted saplings to ensure its survival. If the students again send a photo with the same plant after six months, the government sends Rs 50 each to their bank accounts and the cycle continues for three years.
More than 13.46 lakh saplings have been geo-tagged under this initiative, as per the Department’s data.
The State Government has set a target of planting about three crore saplings in Haryana in the current financial year. Under the Paudhagiri scheme, a target has been set to provide 20 lakh saplings to the students of classes VI to XII across all the state schools this year.
At present, a total of 7.1 percent area of Haryana is under tree cover and the government has set a target to increase this to 20 percent in next five years. For this, various new schemes have also been launched by the Haryana Government including Oxyvan, Pranavayu Devta pension scheme, oxygen farming, Panchavati among others.
Notably, the recorded forest area (RFA) in Haryana is 1,559 sq km of which 249 sq km is reserved forests, 1,158 sq km is protected forests and 152 sq km is unclassed forests, as per the India State of Forest Report 2019.