Manipur Education Department in collaboration with the Forest Department and All Manipur Working Journalist Union will be celebrating the World Environment Day on June 5 by planting more than 65,000 tree saplings across the educational institutions.
State education minister Thokchom Radheshyam informed this during a press conference in Imphal on Wednesday. He said there will be a review during the festival of Van Mahotsav in July and another in November for the number of surviving saplings.
This year the Education Department is all geared up to observed the Day with mass tree plantation in 1042 schools belonging to government, private and CBSE category along with 80 colleges of the State, education minister said and explained that the initiative is jointly taken up by the Education Department with the Forest Department is an effort to instill in children the sense of responsibility to care for the environment.
It is also the need of the hour that every section of the society join hands to fight the climate change and become aware about the importance of preserving the environment.
Elaborating the plan and guidelines on how the tree plantation will be carried out stated that the tree sapling will be provided by the Forest Department,he said that there will be tie up between the nodal officers, teachers and officers of the Directorate of Education for the distribution of the sapling.
Some of the plants to be planted during the day include Oak, Tairen, Yongchak, Heijuga, (Walnut); Pine, Thuja Pareng (Alder), Chorphon Indian Olive); heitup, Bokul etc. The distribution of the tree saplings in all schools and colleges is targeted to be completed before June 3.
Principal chief conservator of forests and head of Forest Task Force, K Angami of Forest Department, director Th Kirankumar of Department of Education, members of AMWJU and others were also present during the press conference.