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The Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat inaugurated 68th Van Mahotsav organized by State Forest Department in collaboration with State Red Cross at Sandal near Chakkar in Shimla today. The Governor along with lady Governor Ms. Darshana Devi planted Deodar saplings on this occasion.
Students from Government Senior Secondary School, Totu, DAV School and BSN School participated in the plantation campaign and planted more than 500 saplings on the occasion. The Governor expressed satisfaction that green cover of Himachal Pradesh was increasing fast but there was the need to take steps for bringing more area under green cover. He said such campaigns go a long way in moving towards achieving this goal besides motivating others for the preservation of the environment.
He also stressed to ensure participation of school children in such campaigns so that they can realize the importance of environment in their lives. Members of Sewa Bharti, district Shimla also participated in the plantation drive. The Senior Officers of Forest Department, Secretary State Red Cross Ms. P.S. Rana and others also planted saplings on this occasion.