09 August 2016 Current Affairs: Himachal Pradesh government has set a target of planting over one crore saplings this year to increase the depleting green cover in the state.
The state has set a target of planting one crore saplings on 15,000 hectares of forest land by spending Rs 150 crore.
Supplementing the efforts of the government, the schools would participate in plantation drive across the state on the eve of International Youth Day on August 12.
Besides, all the government institutions, NGOs and public have been urged to participate in the plantation drive during current rainy season.
The state government has chalked out a new policy for this year which envisaged plantation of one lakh saplings of shahtoot (mulberry), jamun (Jambolan), saru (Cypress), sheesham, spheda (Ceruse), piple, deodar and neem had been planted through MGNREGS.
The maintenance period in plantation areas has been enhanced from three to five yearsto ensure survival percentage of plants.