Scheme to increase greenery in tribal areas of MP
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 04, 2010, 17:52
Indore: The Madhya Pradesh government will soon launch a scheme to increase greenery in tribal-dominated districts in the state.

"We are launching 'Dev Vraksh Prahari Yojana' shortly in Dhar, Jhabua and Alirajpur districts of the state where a large number of tribals live," Indore Circle Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) P C Dubey said today.

Under the scheme, the responsibility of growing, caring and protecting trees would rest with the tribals, he said, adding they were close to nature and have been worshiping some trees since centuries.

The Forest department has already identified six species of such trees which are being worshiped by Bhil and Bhilala tribals in the western areas of the state. The tribals consider these trees as their "family god", Dubey said.

The Forest department would provide saplings of banyan, bamboo, jamun, peepal, anjan and mango to the tribals.

Vishal Verma, a tribal culture expert, said there are nearly 100 clans of Bhil and Bhilala tribes in western area of the state and all these clans worship trees or animals as their family gods.


First Published: Sunday, July 04, 2010, 17:52

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