Rotary District 3131 Governor Prashant Deshmukh plans an Ambitious Mega Tree Plantation Project in Association with Government of Maharashtra (Forest Department) on the First Day of New Rotary Year that is 1st July 2016 !!
Chief Conservator of Forest, Pune Mr. Jeet Singh has guided Rotarians and towards execution of the ambitious project.
Pune – Rotary District 3131 with the enthusiasm of Rtn Pienaal Waankhaday , Rtn. Devavrat Shahane, Rtn. Sudhanshu Gore! Rtn. Anand Khairnar, Rtn. Makarand Tilloo, Rtn. Ajay Wagh decided to participate in an Ambitious Mega Tree Plantation Project with the forest department of Maharashtra Government on 1st July 2016, said the Governor of Rotary District 3131, Prashant Deshmukh on Thursday.
According to the Rotary District officials, the district comprises of 124 Rotary clubs from Raigad and Pune districts. For many years all of them conducted ‘tree plantation’ as a project either individually or at times jointly with other clubs according to convenience of each club. As the result, by the end of monsoon, a few thousand trees were planted every year, scattered over two districts. This year however, all the clubs are planning to make it a mega event by performing plantation on a single day, simultaneously all over the district. They contacted the Forest Department for supply of saplings and the department invited the Rotarians to join the Maharashtra government’s ambitious plan of plantation on 1st July all over Maharashtra, the Rotarian’s said in a statement.
After due deliberations both the parties agreed upon a formula to materialize the dream of our Chief Minister. Accordingly, at every site, the Forest Department is going to make all necessary arrangements for plantation.
The pits, saplings of minimum 3 feet height, enriched soil and watering, all these will be taken care of by staff of Forest Department. The Rotary clubs are registering volunteers for this event. It is online registration through club presidents of the year 2016 – 17. The villagers near the plantation sites are also going to join the campaign. They may participate plantation activity or may act as support to volunteers by making food for them, supplying drinking water etc. Thus, people are involved at various levels.
The government, an NGO and citizen shall be working hand in hand for a greater cause. Meetings of all three parties together are under way to discuss details.
All the 124 clubs will be engaged in tree plantation on 1st July 2016, on the sites suggested by the Forest Department. Every club will register minimum 100 volunteers. The registered volunteers shall go to plantation sites by own vehicles or transport arranged by clubs. Once on the spot, they will start plantation work in groups as guided by forest departmental staff. It is expected that every volunteer will plant 25 to 40 plants depending upon individual vigor, terrain and climatic conditions on the spot. After completion of work, volunteers will be served a working lunch by local people.
The Rotarian’s further said, according to our thinking, this is not simply an event of plantation. A greater purpose of making all sections of society involved in the activity, all Maharashtrians engaged in the same activity at a particular time, though away from each other, government inviting people to join hands in its activity and people responding in positive manner are a few of the indirect benefits to the society. If such activities continue, in the long run, our democracy will be fitting into the definition given by Abraham Lincoln “of the people, by the people, for the people”
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