PDG Surinder Seth, RID 3070, has come forward to donate ₹10 per plant as a token of appreciation to a club which plants the maximum number of trees in the district during the Van Mahotsav being observed in July by Rotary clubs in India. District Secretary Sunil Dutta has urged club presidents to take up tree plantation in a big way. “He has encouraged us to plant native saplings on barren lands or empty places,” said Jagdish Chand Patial from RC Sundernagar.
The monetary offer by PDG Seth has led to competition among clubs for planting more number of trees than before to clinch the reward, he said. However, the survival of plants is critical, for the new plants need caring, regular watering and fencing. “We must also introduce a mechanism to check and ensure survivability of plants,” said Patial.