Tribune News Service
Patiala, July 29
With a resolve to examine land degradation and declining floor water ranges in Punjab, and to ‘nudge’ Patiala residents to be a part of battle in opposition to deforestation, Patiala Division Commissioner Chander Gaind has launched a novel concept by placing a brand new situation for issuance of arms licence.
Terming this initiative as ‘Trees-For-Gun’, Commissioner Gaind stated the concept was primarily based on encouraging and nudging the folks to plant an increasing number of timber.
He stated anybody desirous of getting a brand new arms licence must plant 10 saplings and 5 for renewal.
“One would have to submit a selfie with each planted sapling at the time of filing of the application. After one month, before marking the application for police clearance and dope test, the applicant would have to furnish the fresh status of the planted trees by submitting new selfies with the trees,” he stated.
This manner, he added, one must do that plantation compulsorily, which might assist enhance tree cowl.
Member of Parliament Preneet Kaur, whereas appreciating the concept, appealed to the opposite districts to comply with this initiative for the sake of setting.
Meanwhile, candidates stated already the method is prolonged and cumbersome and authorities are including circumstances to it. “This is another way to harass residents who will have to visit the police and Suwidha centres many times to get a clearance. When we pay fees and get all tests done, the commissioner cannot impose on us to plant saplings. Self-defence is our right,” they stated.