India’s state Punjab launches ‘gun for plants’ scheme which ensures that applicants for gun licenses have planted at least 10 saplings and submitted ‘selfies’ as proof
- Applicants in the state’s Ferozepur district have had to plant at least 10 saplings and submits ‘selfies’ as proof before applying for gun licences.
- “Punjabis are mad about cars, weapons and mobiles. Let them be mad about plantations too,” District Commissioner Chander Gaind told the BBC.
Yes this odd comibination of Guns and plant saplings are now linked in India’s northern Punjab state.
- With roads being widened at a fast rate, trees are being cut in very large numbers, this was the need of the hour to increase plantations.
- Government data show that Punjab has the third-largest number of licenses in India with 360,000 licensed gun holders
- Since the order has passed they have received at least 100 applications along with selfies as revealed by Mr Gaind
- The order was issued on 5 June to coincide with world environment day but has only now picked up attraction in local media as more people have started complying.
- Applicants also have to submit follow-up selfies a month later, proving that they are nurturing the plants.