Maharashtra Forest Minister, Sudhir Mungantiwar announced on 23 June 2017 that the government plans to launch a mobile app named ‘My Plant’ on 1 July 2017.
The app would help in recording data regarding tree plantations in the state. Speaking on the occasion, Mungantiwar said that this app makes it possible to upload information of all the tasks given to the government departments in the tree plantation programme including the name of the tree species being planted and the status.
• The Forest Department has set a target of planting four crore saplings through public participation between 1 and 7 July 1.
• Many social and voluntary organisations, industry and trade representatives also plant trees on a large scale.
• After downloading the app, the people or organisations would be able to feed in the data about the number of saplings they have planted with the Forest Department.
• The details of the plantation including the number, the species and other details would help in creating a database of trees.
• Information on the app will be automatically recorded on the department’s website.
Further, the Forest Minister has also asked his department officials to prepare a database of the tree plantation drive, which would assist them in achieving their mission of planting 13 Cr trees in 2018.
The data bank will help the Ministry to figure out the performance of different districts along with the innovative concepts implemented by them.
The Ministry has also completed the preparations for 4 Cr tree plantations this year. So far, 4.41 Cr pits have been dug and over 16 Cr saplings have been made available.