Guwahati, India, December 8, 2023 — In a historic feat, Assam has etched its name in the Guinness World Records by securing nine certificates for its extraordinary tree plantation initiative, the Amrit Brikshya Andolan, and an additional one for the highest number of records created at a single platform. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma received these accolades from Guinness World Records Adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar at a prestigious ceremony held on Wednesday.
The Amrit Brikshya Andolan, executed under the innovative Jan Bhagidaari or peoples partnership, model, marked a significant milestone with the planting of a staggering 1,11,17,781 seedlings of commercially valuable tree species across the state on a single day, specifically on September 17. The success of this grand initiative is attributed to the collective efforts of various stakeholders, including Self-Help Groups, ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers, educational institutions, police personnel, tea garden workers, government officials, and citizens.
Among the notable records achieved, the Longest Line of Potted Saplings was established at Veterinary College Field in Guwahati. A spiralled arrangement spanning an impressive 22.22 km showcased 3,22,444 polypotted saplings. The initiative also set records for the Largest Number of Saplings Distributed at one venue in 24 hours, Most Trees Planted by a Team in 24 hours, Most Trees Planted by a Team in One Hour, and Largest Potted Saplings Mosaic.
The other records include the planting of 1,229 agar seedlings simultaneously by as many girls in 58 seconds, the record viewing of a lesson on environmental conservation and sustainability, the uploading of 71,82,358 photographs of people planting trees on Amrit Brikhya Andolan portal, and the Most Pledges Received for an Environmental Sustainability Campaign in a month with 47,28,898 pledges.
Commenting on the massive achievement, Chief Minister Sarma emphasised peoples participation in making Amrit Brikshya Andolan" a resounding success.
The collective efforts of both citizens and government functionaries have transformed the impossible into possible, Mr Sarma remarked while receiving the prestigious certificates.
Looking ahead, Mr Sarma announced that in 2024, the state aims to plant three crore saplings, followed by an even more ambitious goal of five crore saplings in 2025. Additionally, the Chief Minister shared plans to create a new record in 2025 by staging the Bihu dance in New Delhi with the participation of 25,000 dancers, showcasing Assams vibrant cultural heritage on a global platform.
The Amrit Bikshya Andolan was launched with the strategic objective of not only enhancing Assams economy through sustainable forestry practices but also prioritising a green economy. The chief minister underscored the governments commitment to ensuring economic growth harmonises with ecological preservation, setting a precedent for responsible and sustainable development.
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