GUWAHATI, Aug 6 - As part of a massive countrywide tree plantation drive taken up by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), the NDRF Guwahati undertook a tree plantation drive on its Patgaon campus today.
The plantation drive was organised to generate awareness about providing natural shade in open spaces by increasing green cover which will help in reducing urban heat and improving air quality.
The �All India Tree Plantation Campaign� was launched by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Gurugram in July. The massive plantation campaign targets planting 1.37 crore saplings across the country by CAPF forces including CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB and two other Central forces under the Ministry of Home Affairs � NSG and NDRF. These forces render a variety of duties including guarding the frontiers, carrying out counter-insurgency operations, taking part in disaster rescue and relief, etc.
During today�s drive at Patgaon, 200 saplings of different varieties were planted by NDRF rescuers. The green initiative would include both tree plantation and protection exercises.
During the campaign, RS Gill, Commandant, 1st Battalion NDRF said that tree plantation is important for the future of the community, especially in this hour of crisis when people have realised the necessity of environment conservation. It is important to contribute towards protecting and increasing the green cover to make the Earth a better place to live in, he added.
NDRF rescuers will be taking up similar initiatives in different parts of Assam and the North East and will also sensitise and encourage the local people of the respective areas to take up similar initiatives.