That global warming is a reality cannot be debated any longer. Various states are now trying to figure out ways in which rapid changes in climatic conditions can be curtailed.
Punjab has unfortunately earned the title of being among the ten most polluted states in the country. In an attempt to better the situation, the state government has been undertaking various measures; from imposing a ban on stubble burning to utilising paddy straw for bio-gas, to endorsing harvest machines for effective paddy straw management.
One of its latest measures is the introduction of an app called the ‘Ghar Ghar Hariyali’ (Green Cover Everywhere) campaign. Under this campaign, the government will provide free plant saplings through a mobile application ‘i-Hariyali’.
The campaign aims to provide clean and fresh air to the people of Punjab as well as to contribute towards improving the green cover in the state.
An official of the Department of Forests and Wildlife Preservation, Punjab told NDTV, “This year, the government is planning to deliver around 20-25 lakh saplings, which would help provide green cover to around 4-5 lakh households in the state.”
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How to participate in this campaign?
The ‘i-Hariyali’ app is available on Android Play Store for free. Once you download the app, you can book a plant sapling (Sheesham, Neem, Arjun, Harad, Behra, Anwla and Jamun, to name a few).
Once the booking is made, the contact number of an employee from a nearby government nursery or forest guard will be displayed on the mobile phone of the person. The user can then contact the nursery or forest guard to collect the sapling.
The app is currently unavailable for iOS devices.
What’s commendable is that while the government is encouraging people to plant the saplings, they are also urging them to look after and nurture them. While the saplings are being provided free of cost, the state government has imposed a condition to ensure their proper upkeep and care.
If you are a resident of Punjab or know anyone who is, do urge them to make use of this remarkable scheme.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)