9mln saplings to be planted in Punjab during monsoon: CS

LAHORE, Jul 26 (APP):Chief Secretary Punjab Yousaf Naseem Khokhar on Friday said that nine million saplings would be planted in Punjab during the monsoon tree plantation campaign.
He was presiding over a meeting to review preparations for the campaign at Civil Secretariat.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief secretary said providing a clean environment to people was a priority of the government. Controlling environment pollution was a service to humanity and there was need to work on an emergent basis to protect the environment, he added.

He said that the campaign was aimed at promoting plantation and citizens should take part in the activity with zeal to make it a success.

He also stressed the need for launching a community mobilisation and awareness campaign regarding the benefits of planting saplings. He directed that after plantation, effective arrangements should also be ensured for looking after a sapling so that it could reach its full stature.

The Forest Department secretary gave a briefing to the meeting participants. He said that all arrangements had been finalised as the Forest Department had 31 million saplings in stock and 363 sale points had been set up for the drive.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Lahore Division, Deputy Commissioner Lahore, DG PHA and officers concerned.

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