Planting one tree means planting a whole living system. A tree not only adds natural beauty to the surroundings, it also gives life-giving oxygen to the planet.
To restore the eco-system, currently eight eco-battalions of the India Army are working to plant trees. The funds come from the ministry of environment and forests and the respective state forest departments. According to Army Spokesperson, the efforts to create patches of greenery will go a long way to preserve the environment.
This effort is also aimed at saving the land from soil erosion and consequent flash floods caused by the incessant rains.
The Indian Army has been conducting various activities to create awareness amongst the people, especially children like painting, essay writing and singing competition on ‘Clean and Green India’ theme.
In June, the Indian Army kicked off a tree plantation drive as part of the government initiative ‘Van Mahotsav’ 2016 in Mumbai.
In 2015, the 130 Ecological Task Force of the Indian Army and the forest department of Uttarakhand achieved a feat of planting more than one lakh saplings in just 19 minutes on World Environment Day, June 5. This feat has now entered the Limca Book of Records.