OFFICIALLY GREENER – Uttar Pradesh Wins the Guinness World Records title for largest plantation drive under #DigitalCM Akhilesh Yadav
It’s official! Guinness World Record certifies that Uttar Pradesh now holds the record for “Most trees planted in 24 hours – multiple locations”
Uttar Pradesh has earned itself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the second time. The first Guinness Book of World Records was given for UP government’s massive green drive under which 10 lakh saplings were planted in one day within a span of eight hours across Uttar Pradesh. The certificate for UP’s record-setting performance was awarded to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and now Uttar Pradesh breaks its own record by planting 5 crore saplings across the state in one day. It is a delight for all to see the proud certification of Guinness World Record in the name of Uttar Pradesh. This recognition is a matter of pride for the state and our country as well.
Let’s see how our Digital CM made it all happen
On World Population Day, 11th July 2016, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav launched the #UPGoesGreen campaign. This was the largest tree plantation drive in the world which broke all records. It included 80 species of plants which were planted at 6000 different sites covering an area of 770 sq km and involved more than 5,50,000 people. A total of 952 plant nurseries were involved in providing the required number of saplings. The Chief Minister flagged off this noble initiative by planting a sapling himself and thereafter acutely monitored the drive till its completion.
The entire campaign was exemplary as it involved perfect planning and active co-ordination between the government and the citizens of UP. It also involved participation from the Para-Military forces, NCC cadets, NSS workers and the villagers. On 4th July, all the schools in the state had an awareness programme about the nature conservation and more than 5 crore students took an oath to contribute towards a greener environment.
Being the youngest Chief Minister of one of the largest states in India, Akhilesh Yadav with such recognitions proves all, that he is determined to make a tangible impact on people and generations to come, via steps to preserve the environment.
Digital CM Akhilesh Yadav combined green legacy with technological innovation to make the green drive a huge success. Android Mobile App was used for real-time inspection of the plantation drive. The initiative had actively employed the Plantation Monitoring System and the Nursery Management System to administer the drive, and maximise the reach, effectiveness and efficiency of the plantation drive. Not just this, the whole drive was a paperless initiative.
It is not for the first time that the Akhilesh Yadav government has taken remarkable measures for the conservation of nature and a greener state. Various steps have been taken under the mission of “Green UP, Clean UP”. According to a report published in 2015 by the Forest Survey of India, due to the tree plantation drives done by the UP government in the past 4 years, there has been an increase in the land area under tree by 261 sq km.
This news does reinstate our belief in the nobility of our lawmakers, and hence, leaders of other states should emulate UP CM Akhilesh Yadav’s example. With this world record, Uttar Pradesh government, under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav, would always be counted as one of the front runners for the efforts of conserving the nature and taking steps towards a greener and healthier future for the generations to come.