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Haryana’s “Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme”, and Oxy Van (Oxygen Forests):

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues.

Haryana’s “Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme”, and Oxy Van (Oxygen Forests):


Context:

These schemes were announced by Haryana Government on the occasion of World Environment Day.

What is the Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme (PVDPS)?

  • It is an initiative to honour all those trees which are of the age of 75 years and above and have served humanity throughout their life by producing oxygen, reducing pollution, providing shade and so on.
  • Such trees will be identified throughout the state and these will be looked after by involving local people in this scheme.
  • For maintenance of trees older than 75 years, a “pension amount” of Rs 2,500 would be given per year in the name of PVDPS. This ‘tree pension’ shall continue to increase every year, on lines similar to the Old Age Samman Pension Scheme in the state.
  • The pension shall be given by the Urban Local Bodies department for the upkeep of the trees, installing plates, grilles etc.

What is an Oxy Van (Oxygen Forest)?

  • Oxy Van are identified pieces of land, on which as many as 3 crore trees would be planted.
  • The Oxy Vans will occupy 10 per cent of the 8 lakh hectares of land across Haryana.
  • These van will house different varieties of plants and trees.

 

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Prelims Link:

  1. About Oxy Vans.
  2. About PVDPS.
  3. Key features of these schemes.
  4. How is oxygen produced by plants?

Mains Link:

Discuss the need for and significance of these schemes.

Sources: Indian Express.