Radhika Anand, a 52-year-old resident of Delhi has planted over 1,10,000 fruit trees in the past 12 months. These include mango, tamarind, blackberry, and jackfruit trees that have been planted in and around Army Formations across North India, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. She used her own resources and savings for the plantation drives, with contributions from some of her friends.
Radhika is the daughter of a former Air Force officer. She has been passionate about working for the environment since childhood.
And over 20 years ago, she started a self-funded organisation named Plantology to take up greening initiatives across the country. Over the years, she has worked in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Delhi Government and many corporate organizations to conduct workshops and talk to the Indian youth about the importance of environment conservation and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. She has organised over 500 workshops with the Delhi Government since 2006.
The environment-enthusiast is now planting fruit trees as a part of Mission Falvan started by Plantology. According to her website, “it is a movement towards creating more green cover and oxygen for our future generations and food for all species on planet Earth.”
She partnered with the Indian Army for this mission and Army will help her in the maintaining the plants as well. Whatever money she has obtained from her workshops have also been used for the plantation project.
Radhika plans to plant over 200,000 trees by early next year. A large number of these plants will be planted in commemoration of martyred Indian soldiers under the ‘India Remembers’ programme initiated by the Center for Armed Forces Historical Research (CAFHR).