3529Drive to remove weeds to be launched
- Jul 20, 2011Drive to remove weeds to be launched
Tribune News Service
Shimla, July 20
An intensive campaign will be launched in the state soon to remove obnoxious weeds like lantana, congress grass and crafton which have not only invaded forests but also agriculture fields, affecting farm productivity.
Stating this while chairing a meeting of a high-level committee to discuss the "congress grass hatao, chargah bachao abhiyan" here today, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said a steering committee would be constituted under the chairmanship of the Additional Chief Secretary, Forests, and having the Principal Secretaries of the departments concerned and Vice-Chancellors of all universities in the state as members for the purpose.
He said there was a need for launching a coordinated campaign in association with the departments concerned, gram panchayats and nagar parishads to plant environment-friendly bamboo, broad-leaved and other fast-growing species after removing the weeds.
He said over 3,600 sq km area in the state was affected by the weed problem.
Committees would be constituted under the Deputy Commissioners, which would prepare district-wise plans to be funded under the CAMPA and the MNREGA.