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Jharkhand IFS Officer’s Unique Initiative to Save Trees by Religiously Connecting People

Jharkhand IFS Officer’s Unique Initiative to Save Trees by Religiously Connecting People

To protect the trees from illegal felling and, also, to rejuvenate them, the Additional Chief Conservator of Forest, CAMPA, Jharkhand, Sanjeev Kumar, IFS, had launched a unique initiative in 2005 to save the trees by tying the wire sacred of rakhi on their.

Talk to Indian brainsthe officer shared details about it.


IFS officer Sanjeev Kumar says there are certain things that connect people emotionally, religion being one of them. And by taking his help, the officer is able to help the trees conveniently. He started this campaign from trying rakhi on trees to protect and rejuvenate the forests. The other motive of this campaign is to provide job opportunities and livelihoods to people living in and around forests. With the support of local villagers, they started joint forest management committees to work on forest protection with the forest department.

“I have been doing it on the auspicious day of Rakshabandhan since 2005 except for a year of Covid,” Mr Kumar said.


The campaign was launched in 2005 when Mr. Kumar was posted as MPO in Dhanbad. He says he has received a tremendous response from the people there, who have wholeheartedly supported the campaign and come forward to save the trees. In the first year of the campaign, they were able to cover 35 villages.

“On Rakshabandhan day, if we tie a sacred thread around the trees, it will give people a sense of belonging and they will feel protective of our mother earth,” he said.

Later, over the next three to four years, he managed to cover the entire district and its 400 villages. “Recently I visited Dhanbad and people there said to me: ‘sir it’s your forest”, because it is the forest that could survive thanks to this campaign of Rakshabandhan.

Mr. Kumar took the same initiative when he was transferred to Jamshedpur in 2011. In fact, he took this initiative in all the districts he was transferred to including East Singhbhum, Saraikela-Kharswan, Hazaribagh, Koderma, Chatra and Girdih.

People could connect more with this rakhi campaign as the officer and his team made it a point to talk to the villagers and discuss their issues as well.

“Whenever we learned of any health and medical problem that the villagers were facing, we conducted health campaigns in those villages with the help of the health department,” the officer said.


It is fortunate that even 17 years after the launch of this campaign, people are still emotionally connected to it, as they make a living from these trees. The villagers have grown Mahua, which they collect and sell at the market.

“Now we have offered to provide value-added training so that they can make cakes and cookies with these small forest products. Thanks to this, they will have more livelihood options.


More than 700 to 800 villages have been covered by this campaign so far. The officer aims to spread this initiative throughout the state. “I ask people to connect as much as possible with this initiative. Not only people living in forest areas, but also those residing in cities. Our cities also need greenery as we face many problems due to climate change,” Mr. Kumar said.

This year they covered over 1000 trees with the rakhi initiative, which will spread in the years to come. “We have received very good and positive responses from people and we are also trying to connect with them through other festivals,” he said in conclusion.

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