Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala), July 17-

 Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today announced the launch of a statewide campaign to clean rivers and drains of the state.

Addressing a gathering here during a function to mark 22nd anniversary of cleaning of holy Kali Bein, the Chief Minister said that Punjab is a sacred land of great Gurus and saints,  who have shown us the way to preserve the environment. He said that following in the footsteps of the Gurus, the state government will soon embark upon a  massive campaign to clean the natural resources in form of rivers and drains in the state. Bhagwant Mann said that while there is no dearth of funds for this noble cause, he called upon people to support it and make the campaign a mass movement.

He also said, that the state government was making concerted efforts to enhance the green cover in the state, for which  Shaheed Bhagat Singh Haryiwal Lehar has been started. Bhagwant Mann urged the people to come forward in large numbers  this campaign to support the campaign to make Punjab clean, green and pollution free.

The Chief Minister said that the Corona wave has taught us the importance of trees, as  people spent huge amount of money to get artificial respiratory system in form of oxygen cylinders. Whereas, trees are our natural source of oxygen so each one of us should focus on planting more and more saplings for enhancing green cover and saving our coming generations.

The Chief Minister said that the state government is also making strenuous efforts for checking depletion of ground water by ensuring optimum utilisation of surface water thereby reducing the pressure on ground water. He said that this year the state government has incentivised Direct Sowing of Rice (DSR) due to which 20 lakh acres of the state have been covered by this method. Bhagwant Mann also said that in another noble initiative the state government has given MSP on Moong to diversify from the  wheat paddy cycle and conserve water. 

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