Forest cover in the state has registered a progressive increase of 11.63 sq km this year, besides plantation of 60 lakh saplings under various schemes.

Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharmsot said the Punjab Government was committed to increasing the green cover and taking adequate steps in this direction.

He said as per the State of India Latest Forest Cover report (released in 2020 by the Government of India), the total forest vegetation cover in the state had gone up by 11.63 sq km, suggesting the programmes implemented by the government were yielding results.

The minister said to commemorate the 400th Parkash Purab of Guru Tegh Bahadur, 60 lakh plants had been planted under various schemes at over 6,986 villages in the state this year. He said with extension support, more than 19.5 lakh high-quality clonal plants had been planted by farmers under submission on agro-forestry on their fields.

Source: January 01, 2021, The Tribune