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J&K Forest Department and the IFS Officers’ Wives association (IFSOWA) jointly organizes Plantation event at FRMC Forest Complex, Jammu

 J&K Forest Department and the IFS Officers’ Wives association (IFSOWA) jointly organizes Plantation event at FRMC Forest Complex, Jammu. 

A Plantation event was organized in FRMC Forest Complex at Narwal, Jammu on 21st of August 2023 in which Officers and Officials of Forest department and their families participated. The retired Forest Officers and their wives were also active participants. Special invitation had been sent to bring the girl children of Forest Officers/Officials to solemnize the “Ped Lagein Beti Ke Naam” theme. The theme : “Paed Lagaien Beti Ke Naam” under which people are being encouraged to do plantation to mark the birth of their daughters and nurture these trees all along as they grow . Large no of young Girls themselves have been getting involved in this tree planting campaign which aims at generating a sense of ownership and concern among different sections of citizens for the environment.

The participants took “Panch Pran” pledge to affirm commitment to the country as a part of Meri Maati Mera Desh campaign. 

Meri Maati Mera Desh campaign is envisaged at pan India level as a culminating event of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. It is a tribute to the Veers and Veeranganas who have made the supreme sacrifice for the country. It envisions a unified celebration of India’s soil and valour, commemorating the nation’s journey of freedom and progress and instills a sense of National Pride and inspire future generations to protect India’s cherished heritage.

Another important aspect of component : Vasudha Vandhan: was also celebrated by planting a sapling by each participant on the occasion in the space earmarked in Forest Complex. 

Another attraction of the event was planting of a “Bargad Tree” (Ficus bengalensis…..the National Tree of India) in which the soil brought from all forest divisions of Jammu and Kashmir was used to symbolize the sense of unity and oneness. The planting of the tree was joined by all the participants. 

A special attraction of the event remained the serving of Forest Food innovations under Kand Mool Utsav Stalls to showcase the traditional dishes using wild edible plant parts. 03 Divisional Forest Officers from Billawar, Marwah and Samba Forest Divisions were facilitated with certificates for contributing forest produce for these stalls. The participants relished the delicious dishes served on the stalls and also took keen interest in rare forest produce displayed on the stalls. The idea behind organising such events is to inculcate amongst people the feeling of caring for our environment and making use of traditional knowledge for judicious use of Natural resources.

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