School Nurseries Yojana Objectives and Salient Features: Government of India, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change Forest Policy Division “SCHOOL NURSERIES YOJANA”. The guidelines for implementation of School Nurseries Yojana” which has been launched by the Ministry of Environment. Forests and Climate Change with the objective of involving school children in the process of greening the country.
Each school will receive initially a Financial grant of Rs. 25,000/- for creation of Nursery with essential facilities/ infrastructure followed with a grant of Rs. 10.000/- in the next two years for the continuation of program and raising or next batch of 1000 saplings. It is expected that schools will continue the program on their own after the 3rd year.
I request you to identify schools that have around 100 sq. the meter of open green space for developing nursery and carry out green activities and have functioning Eco Clubs, The required proposal in the prescribed format (Annexure-I) has to be submitted by the schools to the Divisional Forest Officer. To obtain necessary proposals from the eligible and willing schools by 5th October. 2015 and submit to Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests ( Environment) for taking further necessary action.
“To observe, learn, grow and nurture your plant”
The School Nursery Yojana aims at involving school students in raising plant nurseries to bring them closer to the natural environment, help them understand the natural processes of germination and feel the joy of watching saplings grow. School Nurseries Yojana Objectives and Salient Features
- To connect young students with the plant, create a sense of belonging and oneness with nature, sensitivity towards plants and living environment.
- To provide an opportunity for students to be in contact with soil, manure, seed, which students in cities are often missing.
- To make students learn and appreciate the natural growing saplings
- To grow saplings of various plants for herbal medicinal, ornamental, shrubs, trees and potted plants, etc. for planting in their neighbourhood, take care and watch them grow.
- To identify and learn the various benefits of trees and plants.
- To provide students to observe their neighboring trees, collect seeds for use in nurseries.
- To encourage students to use plants grown by them for distribution to visiting dignitaries and public on suitable occasions.
- The Scheme is initiated for a period of five years on a Pilot Basis.
- It will involve students in Class 6-9.
- The schools should have an open space of around 100 sq. meter for the creation of nursery to raise 1,000 saplings in its School Nursery every year.
- At the beginning of the planting season, each student will be encouraged to raise at least one sapling, nurture it and take the sapling at the end of the academic season to plant and take care.
- In the first year, 1,000 Schools will be selected and will be provided a grant of Rs. 25,000/- for development of Nursery Infrastructure, inputs, etc and the rising cost of saplings. In the subsequent two years, these Schools will be eligible for a maintenance grant of Rs. 10,000/- each subject to satisfactory performance.
- Different Schools will be selected every year for Grants under the Scheme.
- The selected Schools will maintain records as per the format enclosed.
- The State-wise project proposals shall be submitted by the State CAMPAs duly approved by the State CAMPA Steering Committee.
- This Scheme will not be part of State CAMPA’s Annual Plan of Operation. NCAC will release funds for the scheme from its corpus.
- The funds released by the NCAC will be deposited in the State CAMPA accounts maintained by the States which will maintain a separate account for the scheme.