JAMMU, AUGUST 13, 2020: Tree plantation drive was today carried out as a part of weeklong behavioral change sanitation campaign “Gandagi Mukht Bharat” across J&K.

The day-5 of the week long GMB campaign witnessed active participation of community at districts, blocks and village level in the plantation drive. The plantation drive was carried out in Panchayat Ghars, schools, hospitals, along the roads and other public places. Saplings of different kinds of plants were planted which includes flowers, medicinal plants, ornamental plants, fruit trees, deodars and kail.

The public representatives of PRIs and ULBs hailed the initiative as a major relief to the environment. District Panchayat Officer Udhampur informed that all female Sarpanchs participated in the plantation drive with great enthusiasm.

In some districts, the plantation drive was carried out in collaboration with J&K Social Forestry Department. During the drive, the participants were given a message that just planting a tree will not suffice the purpose, watering and maintenance is also equally important.

At the Block level, the activities were carried out by Block Development Officers led by the District Panchayat Officers under the supervision of concerned Deputy Commissioners.

The campaign at UT level is being led by Director, Rural Sanitation, J&K under the overall supervision and guidance of Secretary RDD & PR J&K.