Assam Launches ‘Amrit Brikshya Andolan’: Planting 1 Crore Saplings in a Day to Combat Climate Change

Assam Launches 'Amrit Brikshya Andolan': Planting 1 Crore Saplings in a Day to Combat Climate Change
Assam Launches 'Amrit Brikshya Andolan': Planting 1 Crore Saplings in a Day to Combat Climate Change

A momentous stride towards bolstering environmental resilience and tackling climate change has been unveiled by the Assam government through its ambitious venture, ‘Amrit Brikshya Andolan’. This far-reaching endeavor is poised to orchestrate the plantation of an astounding 1 crore saplings in a single day during September, marking a monumental leap in Assam’s drive to foster a thriving green economy and proactively counter the challenges of global warming.

At the heart of this grand-scale undertaking lies a core objective: to significantly expand Assam’s forest cover and galvanize a collective response to the pressing issue of climate change. The initiative envisions the active involvement of diverse segments of society, underscoring the spirit of shared responsibility in nurturing the environment.

On September 17, the narrative will be shaped by the participation of approximately 40 lakh members from women’s self-help groups across the state. Their role will be pivotal as they individually plant two commercially-viable saplings, aggregating to an impressive count of 80 lakhs saplings. Concurrently, the onus of planting the remaining 20 lakhs or more saplings will rest upon a diverse spectrum of contributors, spanning anganwadi workers, tea garden laborers, government officials, police and forest units, as well as the general populace of the state.

To invigorate participation and ensure seamless execution, the state government is establishing distribution hubs for the convenient dispersion of saplings. A novel twist of incentives awaits those who engage fervently – individuals who register on the ‘Amrit Brikshya Andolan’ app or portal and substantiate their contribution with geo-tagged photographs will find a reward of Rs 100 deposited into their bank accounts. This incentive-driven approach is anticipated to kindle heightened engagement and widespread involvement in the mass plantation endeavor.

While the immediate horizon of the ‘Amrit Brikshya Andolan’ encompasses the monumental goal of planting 1 crore saplings within a single day, the Assam government harbors even loftier aspirations. By the year 2025, the state aims to facilitate the planting of an astonishing 5 crore saplings, further underscoring its steadfast commitment to ecological preservation and the pursuit of sustainable growth.

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change: Shri Bhupender Yadav