In a first-of-its-kind initiative within the nation, the Manohar Lal Khattar Authorities in Haryana will dole out pension to timber older than 75 years, recognising them as residing entities and never simply an financial commodity.

Previous-age is inevitable and Authorities-backed pension schemes for senior residents are a typical observe in varied international locations and Indian States to make sure monetary stability and safety to individuals post-retirement. The Haryana Authorities, nonetheless, went a step forward to determine, defend and supply monetary help to the previous timber on its land.

Beneath its pension scheme named “Pran Vayu Devtaa Pension Scheme”, any tree that has attained an age of 75 years or extra shall be given Rs 2,500 per yr as a token of honour for the service it has rendered to humanity and the setting. The State Authorities will even give “heritage” standing to the timber which might be over 75 years previous.

Not solely this, the pension quantity below the scheme shall be elevated within the ratio as provisioned within the previous age pension scheme within the state.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had introduced the tree pension scheme on the event of World Setting Day on June 5. The scheme acknowledges how the decades-old timber perform as essential habitat for a wide selection of species in ecosystem.

In response to the State’s Forest Division, there are not less than 2,500 timber in Haryana which have attained an age of 75 years or extra.

To place in place a authorized mechanism to determine, inventorise, defend and preserve such previous timber, the Forest Division has additionally ready draft Haryana (Declaration, Safety and Preservation) Heritage Tree Guidelines 2021.

The draft guidelines assert that not solely are timber important for all times by producing oxygen however because the longest residing species on earth, they provide us a hyperlink between previous and current. At a lot of locations within the State, the a long time and centuries previous timber are thought of outstanding landmarks and likewise memorial to historic figures or nationwide occasions.

As soon as a tree is notified as “heritage” within the State, any particular person or organisation that reduce, fell or trigger any harm to the heritage tree shall be responsible for punishment with a fantastic which can prolong to Rs 500 or with imprisonment for a time period which can prolong to at least one month or each, as per the provisions of draft Heritage Tree Guidelines.

VS Tanwar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Haryana informed The Pioneer, “Pran Vayu Devtaa Pension Scheme”, a brainchild of Forest Minister Kanwar Pal Gujjar goals at defending previous timber for his or her pure and cultural significance. Regardless of their vital position within the ecosystem, the decades-old timber are sometimes neglected in habitat conservation programmes.”

Elaborating concerning the tree pension scheme, Tanwar stated the pension quantity of Rs 2,500 per yr shall be given to the proprietor of the heritage tree that’s above 75 years previous. This scheme can be relevant to all such timber on non-public and Authorities wind up until the life interval of that heritage tree. As an example, if such a tree is recognized in panchayat land, then the sarpanch of the panchayat shall be given the pension quantity for the care and upkeep of the tree.

Equally, for such timber in faculties, the involved principal shall be given the stated pension quantity. For such timber in residential areas, the proprietor will get the stated quantity whereas on forest land, the involved divisional forest officers shall be given the pension quantity for upkeep of previous timber, he stated.

On how the pension quantity is proposed to be spent, the PPCF stated the involved authority or proprietor can use the stated quantity for beautification of the tree, putting in data plates or grills, making sitting preparations below the tree, treating the tree for fungal an infection amongst different functions.

As per the estimates, there are not less than 2,500 such timber, that are 75 years previous or extra in Haryana. After the State Authorities provides ultimate approval to the scheme, the Forest Division plans to hold out a contemporary survey to determine such previous timber and notify them as ‘heritage’ timber throughout the state, he added.

In regards to the draft state’s Heritage Tree Guidelines 2021, the PCCF stated the draft guidelines have provisions, together with standards for declaring a tree as heritage tree, restrictions of felling of heritage timber, incentives for heritage timber and penalty for damaging such timber.

In response to the proposed guidelines, a tree shall be declared as heritage tree whether it is greater than 75 years previous which will be gauged from its profile and girth of trunk or as assessed by the previous age villagers; a tree species which is reported for the primary time within the state or is endemic or uncommon in nature; tree that has historic, mythological, spiritual, cultural significance; or a curious cluster of timber like a set of banyan tree amongst different standards.

For the safety and conservation of heritage timber, the foundations additionally proposed that no concretization of base shall be permitted across the Banyan Tree and Peepal Tree under its crown and as much as a diameter of ten meter in different tree species within the State.

Other than launching the pension scheme for timber, the State Authorities has additionally deliberate to determine Oxy Vans or Oxy Parks, an idea envisioned protecting in view the extreme disaster of medical oxygen in the course of the second wave of Covid-19 in Haryana.

Speaking concerning the initiative, the PCCF VS Tanwar stated recognising the dire want to guard the timber and ecosystems, this initiative has been taken as much as give again to nature. Oxy Van shall be developed protecting 5 to 100 acres of space in every cities and villages of the state.

The Chief Minister has introduced to determine two Oxy Vans together with one on 80 acres of land located at previous Badshahi Canal (often known as Mughal canal) protecting a complete size of 4.2 Kms in Karnal and one other on 100 acres of land located on financial institution of Ghaggar river in Panchkula district. The Oxy Van may have elements specifically Chit Van (forest of magnificence), Paakhi Van (forest of birds), Antriksh Van (forest of zodiac vegetation), Tapo Van (forest of meditation), Arogya Van (therapeutic/natural forest), Rishi Van (Sapt Rishi), Panchvati (5 timber), Sugandh Van (forest of perfume) amongst others.

The State Authorities has proposed to utilise 80000 acre of panchayat land for improvement of Oxy Van in Haryana.

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