A Plantation Drive Launched BY RLEK at Moksh Dham, Selaqui, Dehradun

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Dehradun, 21 February. A “Plantation Drive” under the major program “Green City Abhiyaan” was organized at Moksh Dham, Selaqui, Dehradun by Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK), a Doon-based NGO with the support of Sharon Bio-Medicine Ltd., Dehradun.

During the Plantation drive around 200 trees of different varieties such as Ashoka, sal, bel,
teak, peepal, bamboo, Juniperus, and some flower varieties were planted. The IEC material
related to trees and soil conservation was distributed by a team of volunteers, which educated
the people about the need to promote a greener environment around us. A presentation was
conducted to inform the people about the benefits of afforestation. After the plantation drive,
a formal discussion was also carried out on topics related to environmental and tree

A quiz conducted at the end captured the interest of the local people. A selfie
booth was placed as an attraction during the event to raise awareness on ‘saving trees’.
The Chief Guest Mr. Sehdev Pundir, MLA of Sahaspur Vidhan Sabha said “I feel the need for
such initiatives and we should seek inspiration from the work of grassroots organizations like
RLEK. It is time, we should focus not only on planting trees but also taking good care of
them for their long-term sustenance.” He also showed his full support for such future

Mrs. Pratima Menon, Chairperson, RLEK expressed her views on the occasion. She said
“This event is part of a broader vision and commitment. Investment in the environment is like
investing in education; the more you spend your time working for it, the more it grows.” She
also thanked the Moksh Dham Samiti for their cooperation.

Mr. Manoj Mamgain, HR Manager, Sharon Bio-Medicine Ltd., said “It is the responsibility
of any company to contribute towards societal development. We are doing the same from our
side.” He also praised the work done by RLEK in the past.

BJP representative, Mr. Anil Nautiyal said that someone walks a path and someone creates it.
The path for tree plantation has to be created through community work. 8 states of India are
predicted to change greatly within the next 50 years which is why such an initiative is
important. He further thanked RLEK for choosing the Gram Panchayat Selaqui for the

Mr. Avdhesh Sharma, one of the core members of RLEK said “Both Buddha and Newton
gained knowledge under a tree (green gold). We get all our necessities from trees; they have a
special relevance in our lives. Through community, movement change has been brought into
the environment even in the past. The same legacy should be carried out in the present too.”
It is to be noted that climate change has become a major challenge for city dwellers.
Considering this, the organization has previously done immense work in the field of
environmental conservation which includes the formulation of the Environment Protection Act of
1986. The organization has also been given a special consultative status with the Economic
and Social Council of the United Nations for having competence in empowering indigenous
groups, marginalized populations, women, and children in claiming their entitlements.

Ms. Pratima Menon, Chairperson of Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra, along with other
eminent people namely Mr. Sehdev Pundir, MLA Sahaspur Vidhan Sabha, Mr. Balkrishna
Sehgal, Adhyakash, Moksha Dham, Mr. Bhajan Singh Arya, Administrative Officer,
Municipal Corporation, Former Pradhans Mr. Bhagat Singh Rathore and Mr. Vijay Pal
Barthawal, Mr. Puran Singh Chauhan, ex-panchayat member, Mrs. Santosh Dutt, Botanist
and expert in farming, and Mr. Manoj Mamgain, Human Resource Manager, Sharon Bio-
Medicine Ltd. and Mrs. Mamta Thakur a Social Worker, were major guests at the inaugural
event of the Green City Abhiyaan.

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