Chhattisgarh, which is also known as 'dhan ka katora' or 'bowl of paddy' has earned its title due to the deep relationship between farmers and nature. Here, agricultural festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm. The occasion of Hareli Teej is one of the most important festivals for farmers throughout Chhattisgarh. Hareli is colloquially derived from a Hindi word haryali, meaning 'greenery'. This day is marked by farmers worshipping their tools and domestic livestock and exhibiting their gratitude for the greenery on earth. And this was the day we chose for our tree plantation drive.
Inauguration of an urban cow shelter ('gauthan') at Bhilai
In line with Chhattisgarh's honorable Chief Minister's vision i.e. preservation of Narva (canals), Garva (livestock), Ghurua (manure), Baadi (vegetable garden), 988 cow shelters were inaugurated, simultaneously, across the state on the day of Hareli Teej. A self help group would be responsible for maintaining most of these cow shelters.
On this momentous occasion, PwCites came together to give back to mother nature through a tree plantation activity in and around a newly constructed cow shelter at Bhilai, which was inaugurated by the Mayor of Bhilai, Shri Devendra Yadav. The Mayor was kind enough to kick start our tree plantation activity by planting a neem tree. The women's SHG was a part of the entire event and assured us their support in maintaining the trees that we planted.
The beautiful day was filled with fun and laughter with PwC volunteers planting 100 saplings of mango, seetafal, gulmohar, neem and tabebuia rosea. We were happy to have demonstrated our commitment towards investing in an ecologically balanced and sustainable future for our generation and those to come.
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