Coimbatore, July 2:Department of Forest, Government of Maharashtra and Isha Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Sadhguru – Founder of Isha Foundation, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Minister of Finance, Planning & Forest, Maharashtra, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for HRD, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping amongst many others.
This initiative has been taken up to substantially enhance the green cover in Maharashtra by planting 50 crore trees in the next three years starting from 2017. Within the overall green cover plan, there will be focus on rejuvenating one of the major lifelines of the state, the Godavari River, by planting trees in the floodplain area.
“Isha Foundation with its long-established track record of successfully promoting green cover in South India will be a consulting and technical partner for the Government of Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Forest Department, with appropriate inputs from Isha Foundation plans to plant 50 crore seedlings in three years starting 4 crores in 2017, 13 crores in 2018 and 33 crores in 2019” the MoU states.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “I would like to congratulate Sadhguru for starting the Rally for Rivers campaign. I would like to assure you Sadhguru that Maharashtra will partner with you in this campaign. Maharashtra will take the lead. We will take up a huge campaign for saving the rivers. If we don’t save our rivers then nobody can save us.”
Sadhguru said, “We have not paid enough attention to our water and soil conditions which is the main cause for a serious depletion to them. We need to understand that if we can cause damage then we can also repair it. For this we need an economic plan which has a significant ecological consequence. If we plant the right kind of trees then our farmers’ income will go up by 300-800% in five years.”