The people of Meghalaya planted 1.5 million saplings the World Environment Day on Wednesday as part of the state's 'one citizen one tree' campaign, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said.
The campaign was launched in June last year and the momentum has picked up with specific directions to deputy commissioners, BDOs and government departments to take part in the event, officials said.
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma posted his thoughts about the successful Campaign on Twitter:
Celebrities like former Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev and actors including Randeep Hooda and Jackie Shroff also participated in the initiative.
Hooda shared his experience of planting trees, furthermore urged people to do the same.
This is the beginning and more saplings will be planted, said CM Conrad.
The CM took a whirlwind tour of the Khasi Hills and planted saplings first at Langkyrdem village and then at Smit and Nongkrem villages. Conrad also interacted with school children and told them about the need to plant more trees and take responsibility to nurture them.
The theme for 2019 is "Beat Air Pollution"
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi tweeted on this World Environment Day,
(With PTI inputs)