Patna: The forest department will take up green cover expansion programme in Bihar apart from regulatory works to attain the target of 15 per cent forest cover in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said today.
In addition to regulatory works, the forest department would take up green cover expansion programme and plant sapling in the forest and open areas to take up the forest cover of the state to 15 per cent over of its land mass over the next five years, Kumar said at a function.
Besides the forest department, the agriculture, rural development and rural works departments too would take part in plantation of saplings under the green mission programme.
The chief minister said the funds under the MGNREGA would be used to carry out green mission programme in Bihar.
He said the green programme would be undertaken in a coordinated manner and the specific place of plantation, the type of sapling and the person planting a tree or sapling would be decided before hand under the MGNREGA.
Stressing on eco-friendly agriculture development, he said modern technologies and bio-fertilizers would be used in cultivation of farm produces.
The state would be a leader in ushering in a rainbow revolution in the country, the chief minister said.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said no development would be allowed at the cost of environment.