On Monday 10th August 2015, Union Environment and Forest minister launched “School Nursery Yojana” that would involve raising of saplings in the nurseries inside the school campuses. The major objective behind this initiative is to bring students closer to the nature and instill in them the need to protect environment.
In next three years, 10,000 schools would be covered under this initiative in India. The schools selected would receive a grant of Rs 25,000 in the first year and Rs 10,000 per year for the next two years. As a part of practical exercise for Biology or as their extra-curricular activities, students would plant seeds and grow saplings in the school nursery.
Under the School Nursery Yojana, students would also carry out trees census in their school and in their localities. According to the Union Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar, in the first year 1000 schools would be covered under the scheme. In the second year, 5000 schools would be covered and 10,000 schools would be brought under this scheme by the third year.
Mr. Javadekar was also of the view that the combination of students and trees would be great. He addressed students at the launch event organized at Talkatora stadium in New Delhi. The minister also said that the “School Nursery Yojana” would help schools to distribute the saplings to students so that they could plant those in their houses and nearby places.
Minister also stressed on the fact that through this initiative, the ministry would do all the help to the schools for raising saplings that would benefit students and schools. Minister said his ministry would take up urban forestation to create green canopy in towns and cities that had depleted green cover and had fast urbanization.
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School nursery would be set up in minimum space of 100 sq. mt. and the area would be used for nursery based activities like preparing, planting of good earth, soil, manure etc. 1000 saplings would be prepared in each school nurseries. Minister recommended every student to plant a tree and even said that every school must allot space for the nursery. Minister Mr Prakash Javadekar presented sapling and seeds packet to the students. Along with the minister, students chanted the slogan “Clean India, Green India”.
At the launch event, 2500 students from 60 schools got saplings based on their choices from wide variety of species that included some medicinal plants also. The gathering was addressed by Asim Ahmed Khan, Environment and Forest Minister of Delhi and he said that life sustainability would be possible only by planting trees and pollution could also be controlled through trees.