In a time where climate change is on its peak and the countries are turning warmer by the day, trees are massively important.
According to reports, the Environment Ministry has informed the Parliament on July 26th that the government has allowed over one crore trees to be cut within a span of five years for development work.
The MoS for Environment, Babul Supriyo responded to the Lok Sabha stating that the Ministry gave permission to cut 1.09 crore trees for development purposes between the years 2014- 2019.
Trees are felled for various development purposes with the permission of competent authorities in accordance with the procedure laid down in various Acts. However, the Ministry does not maintain data regarding the cutting of trees due to forest fire.
The reports also stated that the highest number of trees (26.91 lakh) were uprooted in 2018-19. And the Ministry gave permission to cut 23.3 lakh trees in 2014-15, 16.9 lakh in 2015-16, 17.01 lakh in 2016-17 and 25.5 lakh in 2017-18.
Supriyo also added,
A sum of Rs 237.07 crore has been released in the last four years to 12 states under the Green India Mission for afforestation in an area of 87113.86 hectares and providing alternative energy devices to 56,319 households.
Not just that, Under the National Afforestation Programme, an amount of Rs 328.90 crore has been released to the states to treat new area of 94,828 hectares during the last four years i.e. between 2015- 2016 to 2018-2019.
पेड़ जीवन है।— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) July 27, 2019
पेड़ ऑक्सीजन देते हैं।
पेड़ कार्बन डाइऑक्साइड सोखते है।
पेड़ पर्यावरण के रक्षक हैं।
मोदी सरकार ने 5 साल में 1,09,75,844 पेड़ काट डाले।(संसदीय जबाब ⬇️)
क्या मोदी सरकार भविष्य से खिलवाड़ कर रही है? pic.twitter.com/OLWpnfsccy
Opposition party's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala retaliated by stating that BJP is destroying the future by chopping off these trees.