Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, August 3
On the occasion of Rakhar Punya, several families associated with environmentalist Balbir S Seechewal on Monday tied rakhis to trees pledging to preserve them always in their lives.
Gurwinder Singh Boparai, a resident of Chak Chelan village here, said, “Over the years, all members of my family have been tying rakhis to trees. Even my sister who came to our place tied rakhis to trees. This activity helps us maintain our resolve to conserve the environment and will leave a deep impact on the minds of our children.”
On the occasion, environmentalist Seechewal also launched a new app, ‘Rukh’, wherein the details regarding the availability of 46 different varieties of trees can be checked. These include mango, guava, jamun, lemon, pomegranate, etc, varieties. Even herbal trees like drumstick, Arjan, etc, are on the list.
Seechewal said, “After downloading the app, the residents can book the trees and we will give them dates when they can come and collect it from us for free. Our experts will also guide the visitors as to how to take care of the trees. We will get a form filled from him and expect him to send us pictures of trees as they grow and how the owners are taking its care”.
He said as many as 5.5 lakh tree saplings had been readied for free distribution to those who were ready to take care of them. He said the plants were already being distributed to panchayats, youth clubs and other social worker organisations from the nursery of Seechewal and using the app for the purpose would simply make things more convenient.
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