Saturday, October 1, 2022

Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme – Haryana

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What is the Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme (PVDPS)?

Haryana state government has taken an initiative to honour all those trees which are of the age of 75 years and above. The Government wished to honor trees that have served humanity throughout their life by producing oxygen, reducing pollution, providing shade and so on. Such trees will be identified throughout the state and these will be looked after by involving local people in this scheme.

Important points

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For this, Oxy Forests will be planted on land ranging from 5 acres to 100 acres in the cities of Haryana.”

For maintenance of trees older than 75 years, a pension amount of Rs. 2,500 would be given per year in the name of PVDPS. This ‘tree pension’ shall continue to increase every year, similar to the Old Age Samman Pension Scheme in the state.

The pension shall be given by the Urban Local Bodies department for the upkeep of the trees, installing plates, grilles etc.

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According to state government officials, at least 2,500 such trees have been identified so far. Village panchayats will be paid Rs 2,500 as ‘pension’ per tree for their maintenance.

What is an Oxy Van (Oxygen Forest)?

Oxy Van are identified pieces of land, on which 3 crore trees would be planted.

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The Oxy Vans will occupy 10 per cent of the 8 lakh hectares of land across Haryana.

Types of Vans

Chit Van will contain ornamental and flowering plants like the Orchid Tree (Kachnar), Indian Laburnum (Amaltas), Pride of India, Red silk cotton tree (Semal), Indian Coral, Sita Ashok, Java Cassia, Red Gulmohar, Golden Shower, Passion Flower, etc.

Pakhi Van will have plants like Peepal, Banyan, Pilkhan, Neem etc.

Antriksh Van will have “luck-boosting” plants like Flame of the Forest (Palash/Dhak), Jackfruit, Cluster Fig (Gullar), Amla, Krishan Neel, Champa, Khair, Bilwa, etc.

Arogya Van will have medicinal plants like Tulsi, Ashwagandha, Neem, Aloe Vera, Chebulic Myrobalan (Harad), Baheda, and Amla, etc.

Sugandh Vatika will contain fragrant plants like Sugadhraj, Chameli, Night Queen, Day King, Night-blooming Jasmine (Parijaat), Champa, Rose, Honeysuckle, Passiflora etc.

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