New Delhi: Ruling JD(U) in Bihar has a green
idea - plant trees to enter the party fold.
Any person wanting to join the party needs to plant a
sapling and furnish photographic evidence of it. An ID is then
generated for each sapling and a three-monthly review is
conducted to ensure that it is well taken care of.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hit upon the idea during his
tour of a village in Bhagalpur last year where he found people
planting a sapling on birth of a girl child. The concept was
to celebrate birth of girl and also increase greenery.
"Anyone who wants to join JD(U) or renew his membership,
must plant a sapling and provide a proof of this," JD(U)
national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari told PTI here.
Buoyed by success of `Harit Bihar Abhiyan` launched in
the state last year, the party is mulling to extend it for
members in other parts of the country too.
"If this experiment proves successful in Bihar, we will
think of emulating it in other parts of the country too,"
His party colleague Monazir Hassan, MP, sounded more
optimist saying, "If Nitish Kumar becomes Prime Minister
tomorrow the experiment would be made a major policy issue."
The CM decided to make it a party programme linking it
Tiwari and Hassan said the target is to enroll 50 lakh
members in the party till next year and if thing go as
planned, we will be able to add as many new trees in Bihar
which is left with a thin forest cover after Jharkhand was
carved out of it in 2000.
"Every member is required to furnish a photograph as
proof of the tree he has planted and it will be further
verified by our office bearers. An ID is generated for each
sapling and a three-monthly review is conducted to ensure that
it is well taken care of," Hassan said.
Bihar`s Food and Civil Supplies Minister Shyam Rajak
termed the drive a "noble idea" to overcome scant forest
coverage of the state.
"It is a noble idea to ensure that Bihar`s green cover
increases," he said over phone from Patna.