On the occasion of Environment Day, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal said on that as many as 3 crore trees will be planted in a year in Haryana in a bid to get natural oxygen.
In Haryana, plantation would be done on 10 percent of the 8 lakh acres of panchayat land, which will be named as Oxy Forest. Not only this, all the trees planted in a year will also be named Oxy Forests.
Manohar Lal said that for maintenance of tree above 75 years a pension amount of Rs 2500 would be given per year in the name of Pran Vayu Devta and this pension would also increase every year similar to the old age samman pension.
In a bid to promote the process of getting natural oxygen from trees, plantation will be done in the name of Panchavati in every village of Haryana. Besides this, agro forestry will also be promoted on vacant land so that Panchayat income in rural areas can also increase.
The Chief Minister today also launched Oxy Forest on Forest Department land in Mughal Canal near Sector 4, Karnal.
Forest and Education Minister, Kanwar Pal, MP Sanjay Bhatia, MLA Gharaunda, Harvinder Kalyan, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest Department, G. Anupama also accompanied the Chief Minister and planted Panchavati saplings. In this Panchavati, trees of Bel, Banyan, Amla, Peepal and Ashoka were planted.
Besides this, the Chief Minister also inaugurated and laid foundation stones of three other projects at the same programme, these include laying foundation stone of Nagar Van Panchkula, starting Panchavati plantation at 134 places of Kurukshetra pilgrimage and Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme.
The Chief Minister said that oxygen shortage was one of the biggest problem which everyone faced during this Pandemic There is no substitute for Prana Vayu, that is why this forest has been named Oxy Forest, said Manohar Lal.
He said that whatever oxygen was used during the COVID-19 period was artificial and an arrangement of 300 MT oxygen supply was made in Haryana.