Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a new slogan for Van Mahotsav, the week-long forest festival to be celebrated by the Government all over the state from July 14.
The slogan – ‘Sabuj Bangla, Biswa Bangla/ Mayer hate chara-gach, poth dekhabe Bangla aaj’ – pays tribute to the greenery of Bengal and how it will help Bengal show the way.
The festival, which will continue till July 20, will be centred around two places – Malbazar in the north of the state and Jhargram in the south. Both places are situated in the midst of forested regions and so are ideal for celebrating Van Mahotsav.
According to the State Forest Minister, 50 lakh saplings would be planted all over the state as part of this festival. All types of trees would be planted. He also said that the aim of the State Government was to plant 3 crore trees in the state every year.
The Forest Department has appealed to schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and health centres to plant trees to enable a green resurgence across the state.
MLAs would be given 1,000 saplings each for distribution among the people of their respective regions. Each person would get five saplings for planting. Those who plant trees and look after them properly would be rewarded as part of the festival by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited, with first, second and third prize-winners to be given Rs 1 lakh, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.
During the festival week, State Government forestry products like haldi, triphala, citronella oil, honey, among other items, would be available at a 10 per cent discount.
With global warming occurring all over the world, it is specially important to lay stress on the planting and taking care of trees, which are effective combat weapons against ozone depletion. The State Government is also laying a lot of stress on solar power.