West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that the forest cover in her state has gone up by 4.29 per cent.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, took to Twitter early today to mark the International Day of Forests.

“Today is #InternationalDayOfForests. In #Bangla, the forest cover has been growing — between 2010 and 2015, it has gone up by 3,810 sq km, one of the highest in the country, up by 4.29 per cent. My best wishes to all,” Banerjee tweeted.


At the same time Banerjee also highlighted her government’s initiative to make the environment greener.

Noting that 21 March is also celebrated as World Planting Day, Banerjee said, “In #Bangla, we distributed 15 lakh saplings, to every new born child.”

“This is done under the unique #Sabujshree scheme, to inculcate emotional bonding between child & nature. This also provides an incentive for the future,” she added.


The International Day of Forests is celebrated worldwide on 21 March to increase public awareness about the values, significance and contributions of forests to balance the life cycle on the earth.

The World Planting Day marks the arrival of the spring. This day gives an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the world’s plant species.

The Sabujshree scheme is a 2016 initiative of the Mamata government in which saplings are given to the family of a new born girl child during their release from the hospitals. The scheme is carried out by the forest department in coordination with the chief medical officers of health in all districts.