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Friday, April 12, 2013

A village that plants 111 trees for every girl born in Rajasthan



In an atmosphere where every morning, our newspapers greet us with stories of girls being tormented, raped, killed or treated like a doormat in one way or another, trust India's “village republics” to bring in some good news from time to time.

One such village in southern Rajasthan's Rajsamand district is quietly practicing its own, homegrown brand of Eco-feminism and achieving spectacular results.

For the last several years, Piplantri village panchayat has been saving girl children and increasing the green cover in and around it at the same time.

Here, villagers plant 111 trees every time a girl is born and the community ensures these trees survive, attaining fruition as the girls grow up.

Over the last six years, people here have managed to plant over a quarter million trees on the village's grazing commons- inlcuding neem, sheesham, mango, Amla among others.

On an average 60 girls are born here every year, according to the village's former sarpanch Shyam Sundar Paliwal, who was instrumental in starting this initiative in the memory of his daughter Kiran, who died a few years ago.

In about half these cases, parents are reluctant to accept the girl children, he says.
Such families are identified by a village committee comprising the village school principal along with panchayat and Anganwadi members.

Rs. 21,000 are collected from the village residents and Rs.10,000 from the girl's father and this sum of Rs. 31,000 is made into a fixed deposit for the girl, with a maturity period of 20 years.

But here's the best part.

“We make these parents sign an affidavit promising that they would not marry her off before the legal age, send her to school regularly and take care of the trees planted in her name,” says Mr. Paliwal.
People also plant 11 trees whenever a family member dies.
But this village of 8,000 did not just stop at planting trees and greening their commons. To prevent these trees from being infested with termite, the residents planted over two and a half million Aloevera plants around them.
Now these trees, especially the Aloevera, are a source of livelihood for several residents.

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4 comments:

Rajesh Makhija said...

Grow Trees had taken up a tree plantation project at several places in Rajashtan, including a 100,000 tree planting project at Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan. The main aim for this project was to directly support rural livelihoods through improved soil conditions, water protection, fuel-wood and grazing lands. The initiative taken by Piplantri village panchayat is a great effort in promoting tree plantation and saving girl child.

Donna Dawson said...

I just love this, it shows that they are doing great things and their villages and towns look magnificent I am sure. http://www.onlineplantnursery.com/buy-berry-plants/

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EnvironmentCare.in said...

Plant the Tress and Save the Earth....So we need environmental services and pollution control management for protect and keep clean the environment.