New Delhi: Sensing the dwindling forest areas in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has given thrust on forestation, fulfilling party’s resolve to increase the green cover to 15 percent of total areas of the state. He donated his one-month salary for the forestation drive.

In a bid to boost the campaign to extend green cover, many JD(U) leaders decided to join Nitish bandwagon. As per party president Vashishtha Narayan Singh, more than Rs 5 crore has been collected till date. Nitish donated a cheque of Rs one lakh in this regard.

Initiating the campaign under the leadership of his party president, Nitish planted a tree in his own village, Bagha. A chariot named ‘Harit Bihar Ratha’ has been prepared for this purpose which will inspire people to take part in the green drive.

The JD(U) has also started a membership campaign in which it has been mandated that new members will have to plant a tree and take its proper care.

The party has fixed a target of adding 50 thousand members and plantation of the same number of trees.

Party’s campaign is gradually showing its impact. There is a surge in demand of trees in nurseries located at Patna, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur and Hajipur.

A similar campaign had been launched by the JD (U) seeking special status for the state in which a letter containing signatures of more than one crore people had been sent to the Prime Minister that led to the constitution of an Inter-Ministerial Committee to consider the issue.

JPN\ Bureau