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Troops of Assam Rifles in Manipur have planted a total of 6,000 saplings during the Van Mahotsav week celebrations starting from July 1 to 7 last.

This was stated in a press release issued late Tuesday.

The troops of Assam Rifles under the aegis of headquarters inspector general Assam Rifles (south) planted more than 42,000 saplings till date.

As part of Van Mahotsav celebrations, Assam Rifles continued the afforestation drive for a week with an aim to retain the vanishing forest cover and to raise awareness on the importance of a healthy environment.

A total of 6,000 saplings were planted in the Kana valley and Samtal salient.

With an intention to keep the fervour of the initiative going, adequate liaison has been carried out with the Forest department, Thoubal and so far a total of 2000 saplings have been collected and kept in nurseries at various locations to ensure that the tree plantation drive continues with the similar zeal, the release stated.

On the other hand, troops of Assam Rifles also organized a tree plantation drive at Chingmeirong on Wednesday, it added.

The tree plantation drive was organized with an aim to raise awareness about the importance of healthy green environment amongst the troops.

The event commenced with an informative lecture on ‘Importance of trees to control Global Warming’ followed by tree plantation drive.

Troops planted a total of 375 saplings of multiple varieties mostly fruit, flower bearing and other saplings.

These saplings were prepared in the newly created nursery, aiding in achieving the dual aim of environment protection and Soil conservation, it added.

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