Punjab launches Green School drive
Chandigarh, Jul 18 : The Punjab Education Department has launched a massive "Green School" drive in all the state schools where students of more than 17,000 schools would plant approximately five lakh saplings during this drive.
Stating this here today, Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka said this drive had already been launched in the State schools, in order to imbibe the spirit of conservation of plants into the students so that they could be awaked about the depletion of forests cover, to safeguard our environment and to maintain ecological balance.
This drive would also make them responsible to their collective duties and contribution to the society in preserving nature's balance, he added.
The Minister said the state forest department had conceded that the District Forest Officers (DFOs) would provide the saplings of available 45 varities free of cost to the state schools and the Forest Rangers as well as Forest Guards would guide and render help to the school heads for tree plantation.
He said the school heads have also been instructed to plant atleast ten saplings in their school premises and to honour those students who keep the plantations in healthy state.