India's forest cover increased by 1 per cent in the last 5 years, Prakash Javadekar
07/06/2019 14:14

Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Environment, Forests & Climate Change, has said that India's forest cover increased by 1 per cent in the last 5 years and that similar progress will be possible in the coming five years through people's participation. He said that when compared with the amount of oxygen we consume in a lifetime, all of us must plant and help grow at least 10 trees; he said it is the way forward for environment protection.

He said this during an interaction with the media, after planting three saplings in the premises of Gulshan Mahal, the historic building in Films Division that houses a part of NMIC, as part of the celebration of World Environment Day yesterday.

Bollywood personalities Anupam Kher, Jackie Shroff, Shyam Benegal, Kiran Shantaram, Varsha Usgaonkar and others were present on the occasion. The Minister expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all artists for coming together and joining the movement.

Prakash Javadekar had launched a people’s campaign Selfie with Sapling on Environment Day eve, urging everyone to plant a sapling and to post the selfie with the sapling on social media.

This is Prakash Javadekar’s first official visit to Mumbai, after taking charge as a Cabinet Minister in the second term of the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Minister undertook his first visit to the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC), Films Division, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on January 19, 2019.