Forest minister says 6-month targets set for green Punjab

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – July 13, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan directed that the tree planting plan at divisional and district levels in Punjab be finalised at earliest, on Monday, and instructed to utilise modern methods not only for tree planting but also for monitoring the results.

According to a press release, the premier chaired a meeting on monsoon tree planting whereat he was briefed on the objectives and strategy of Punjab province regarding monsoon tree planting.

The meeting was informed that Punjab province will play a leading role in the monsoon tree planting.

It was informed that only 10 million saplings were planted in the previous regime whereas crores of saplings and trees have been planted in the incumbent regime.

Punjab forest minister Muhammad Sabteen Khan said that the forest department has set 6-month targets for green Punjab.

The capital development authority (CDA) chairman also briefed the meeting regarding the tree planting drive in the federal capital.

PM Khan said that tree planting is very important for the protection of the environment.

He continued that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province has set an example to follow with the billion tree tsunami.

PM Khan appreciated that the incumbent regime’s initiatives to protect the environment are being recognised internationally.

He said that environmental protection is one of the top priorities of the incumbent regime.

PM Khan directed that attention be paid to ensure full participation of Tiger force, students, civil society, government and non-government departments in the tree planting drive.

The special assistant for climate change Malik Amin Aslam, Punjab chief minister (CM) Sardar Usman Bazdar, Punjab forest minister Khan, Punjab CM’s special assistant Firdous Ashiq Awan, Punjab chief secretary Jawad Rafique Malik and other officials were present on the occasion.

The minister of state for information (MoS-I) Farrukh Habib was also present in the meeting.