Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has officially kicked off the ambitious “Amrit Brikshya Andolan” on Wednesday. This monumental tree plantation initiative aims to plant one crore commercial saplings across the state on September 17, with a focus on promoting agroforestry, empowering grassroots communities, and bolstering the state’s tree-based economy.
The drive, which will involve various stakeholders, including Self-Help Groups, frontline workers, educational institutions, Police personnel, and NGOs, embraces a women-led approach, aiming to engage women in all aspects of the plantation and encourage their leadership roles in environmental conservation.
Focusing on Tree Outside Forest (ToF) and Agroforestry practices, the initiative offers sustainable land use options that contribute to economic diversification and improve the livelihoods of local communities. Environment and Forest Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary emphasized the use of 23 commercially valuable tree species, such as Teak, Boga Chandan, Agaru, Gamari, Hollock, Tita Sopa, and Bogi Poma, which hold high economic potential.
To encourage active participation, the state government plans to provide incentives to registered beneficiaries. Those who plant a sapling and upload its photo on a designated mobile app will receive ₹100, with an additional ₹200 rewarded at the end of the third year if the sapling successfully survives.
In another significant move, CM Sarma also launched a dedicated web portal to implement the Assam Wood Based Industries (Promotion and Development) Rules 2022. This strategic step aims to facilitate the functioning of Wood Based Industries in Assam, attract substantial investments to the state, and generate ample employment opportunities.
The “Amrit Brikshya Andolan” signifies Assam’s commitment to sustainable development, environmental conservation, and inclusive growth. By involving diverse stakeholders and promoting agroforestry practices, the state takes a commendable step towards building a greener, economically vibrant future. Join hands with Assam in this green revolution and make a lasting impact on the environment and local communities.