Ziraat Times News Network

Srinagar, Dec 30: 

Private schools’ 1 million tree plantation campaign began from Khimber, Srinagar, today.

The Moral Education, Environment & Relief Council (MEERC), under the aegis of the Jammu & Kashmir Private Schools’ Association  Srinagar in collaboration with the management of the Bilaliya School Srinagar, J&K Forest Department (as Official Partners) and  Ziraat Times , Daily Greater Kashmir  (as Media Partners) organized the grand tree plantation ceremony at the upcoming new campus of  Bilaliya at Khimber.

49044852_2169090510018917_1346555750050168832_nThe Program amongst others was attended by the Chief Conservator of Forests, Kashmir Farooq Ahmad Gillani, Mian Javed Hussein (IFS_Retd), who is the Honorary Advisor for the program, Conservator of Forests Srinagar Forest Circle Irfan Ali Shah, President Private Schools Association G. N. Var. Officials of Bilaliya Educational Institute, DFO Urban Forestry Riyaz Ahmad, Range officers.

A large number of students actively participated in the tree planting event with great enthusiasm and pledged to protect and conserve the ecology and environment of the State. The students along with the functionaries of the Private Schools’ Association, MEERC and Bilaliya School planted large number of conifer saplings , mostly Deodar and Blue Pines or Kail.

Members of the Bilaliya management told Ziraat Times that the saplings planted by the students will be adopted by the students for 4 to 5 years for necessary nursing care and maintenance. The school will maintain proper record of the plantation and each tree will be tagged in the name of concerned student.

The event was organized as a start up drive to achieve the target fixed by the MEERC & JKPSA under its recently announced Mission One Million Trees In 5-Years for greening of campuses of various private educational institutions of the State in a phased manner to augment the green cover for combating the growing impact of the climate change which is posing serious ecological concerns globally.

A number of prominent citizens, religious scholars and senior officers of the Forest Department were present at the function and took part in the tree plantation event.  Chairman of the MEERC (Haji Manzoor Wangnoo) who is presently abroad stated through his message that the pledge of planting a million trees in five years will be carried forward by the member private schools with zeal and dedication as service to Nature and for promotion of our environment. He appealed the Forest Department and Social Forestry Department to join hands with the MEERC & its principal constituent (J&K Pvt Schools Association) for successful accomplishment of its goal of planting one million trees to provide adequate green cover to our school premises.

49248609_2169090253352276_2911367474496667648_nPresident of J&K Pvt Schools’ Association, Haji G.N.Var after planting a sapling at the site said that his organisation will leave no stone unturned to promote direct involvement of the students of the State in tree planting events and also for preservation of lakes and other water bodies as “ young green ambassadors” to act as key facilitators for environment conservation. He urged the government to take appropriate measures for inclusion of environment as a part of the syllabus of the schools.

Veteran environmentalist Mian Javed (Retd IFS) has volunteered his services for the early accomplishment of the mission on scientific basis.

49196413_2169090090018959_4050471107239608320_nHe said, “greening of school campuses of the State is a welcome step and need of the hour as an effective tool to help combat the climate change. Our youth and school students can play a key role by undertaking responsibility as young naturalists to protect the environment on long term basis. Tree planting is an effective tool to address our environmental concerns.”