Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated the 68th Van Mahotsav at Paal-Dadhvav of Sabarkantha district by dedicating the Viranjali Van. He said that the state shall fulfill the aim of planting 10 crore trees in the state. He appealed one and all to take an oath to achieve ‘One child-One tree’ slogan.
Mr. Rupani elaborated on the role played by the government to combat global warming and climate change and showed a firm resolve to switch to sustainable and renewable sources of energy such as solar energy, wind energy and increase the area under forest.
The Chief Minister dedicated 12 sub-health centres and primary health centres in the inner most tribal villages of Sabarkantha district which are built at a cost of Rs. 4.41 crores. He also gave the letter of appointments to the 1480 youths who are appointed as Beat guards. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisioned giving 5 crore gas connections in five years. As a part of the same, he dedicated 600 gas cylinders to the people (including tribal women) under the Ujjwala Yojana and appealed for a wide scale public participation to make a ‘Green and Clean Gujarat’.
Mr. Rupani said that the his government is for the welfare of the poor, downtrodden, oppressed and tribals and further mentioned about the approval given by the government to build seven medical colleges in the tribal areas apart from meeting the requirements of lack of teachers in the tribal schools.
He also mentioned that various forests have been created in the state for celebrating the Van Mahotsav. As a part of this, the Viranjali Van has been created to give a tribute to the brave from Paal-Dadhvav. In addition to this, he also did a book launch of the ‘Climate Change’ book at Paal-Dadhvav published by the Forest Department. In addition to all this, he also visited the Shaheed Van and gave a tribute to the brave soldiers who had fought against the British during the Independence movement.
Forest Minsiter, Mr. GanpatSinh Vasava this is a unique festival in the tribal areas and added that there has been a rise of 20% in the state’s forest cover in the last 10 years. This clearly denotes that the government is firm in its resolve to protect the environment. In the same manner, the number of Asiatic Lions, the pride of Gujarat, has also increased considerably.
Mr. Vasava mentioned that the government has allocated a 13 lakh acre of land for the development of tribals which clearly denotes the firm resolve of the government towards their development.
Minister of State for Forest and Environment Department, Mr. Shabdasharan Tadvi mentioned in his inaugural address said that the newly dedicated Viranjali Van shall always serve as a memory for the sacrifices done by the brave and noble warriors and showed an immense faith that this areas shall soon develop as a famous tourism place in the days to come.
President of the Tribal Development Corporation, Mrs. Ramilaben Bara said that Viranjali Van is the second scenic place in Vijaynagar after Polo. She gave details about the various developmental works related to building of roads, electricity connection, education etc.
Gujarat Assembly Speaker, Mr. Ramanlal Vora; Minister of Forest, Mr. Ganpatsinh Vasava; Minister of State for Transportation, Mr. Vallabhbhai Kakadiya; Minister of State for Forests, Mr. Shabdasharan Tadvi, District Head of B.J.P, Mr. J.D Patel, M.L.A, Mr. Rajendrasinh Chavda, various other dignitaries; Additional Chief Secretary of Forest Department , Mr. Arvind Agarwal; District Collector , Mr. P. Swaroop; District Development Officer, Mr. Harsh Vyas and various other senior officials were present on the occasion.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat