CM dedicates Forest Martyr Memorial, launches Chandanpura City Forest

Ex-gratia amount will be increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 25 lakh to the families of forest martyrs

Bhopal: The ex-gratia amount given to the families of forest department employees who were martyred while protecting forests and wildlife will be increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 25 lakh. Forest department staff will also be given uniform allowance of Rs 5,000 and nutritious food allowance of Rs 1,000. Efforts will be made to resolve their problems and for their welfare and betterment by convening a meeting of the low paid and irregular employees like mahouts, cutters and other irregular employees of the Forest Department at the Chief Minister’s residence. National Forest Martyr’s Day will be celebrated purposefully every year in the state. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan made these announcements at the inauguration program of the State Forest Martyrs Memorial on National Forest Martyrs’ Day here today. He also virtually inaugurated Chandanpura Nagar Forest.

CM Chouhan congratulated the Forest Department for its contribution in increasing the forest cover in the state. He said that Madhya Pradesh is a state that protects forests. CM participated in the Van Mahotsav organized in the newly constructed Van Bhavan. Chouhan met the families of 44 martyred forest workers and consoled them and honored them by presenting them shawls and quinces.

CM released booklet Anubhuti

Forest Minister Shri Shah welcomed CM Chauhan by presenting him an Ashwagandha plant. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan released the booklet “Anubhuti” focusing on the activities of City Forest Chandanpura, Van Shaheed Souvenir 2023, souvenirs of all the city forests of Madhya Pradesh and the activities of Madhya Pradesh Eco Tourism Board. A short film based on Chandanpura Nagar Forest was also screened.

Minister of State for Forest Shri Rahul Singh Lodhi, Additional Chief Secretary Forest Shri JN Kansotiya, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Forest Force Chief Shri Ramesh Kumar Gupta and forest officers and employees were present in the program.

India’s path for environmental protection

CM Chouhan said that the dangers of global warming and climate change prove that for environmental protection, the world will have to follow the path shown by India. It is said in the Matsya Purana that “There is one stepwell equal to ten wells, one pond equal to ten stepwells, one son equal to ten ponds and one tree equal to ten sons”. In Indian culture, the tree is considered equal to God, father and ten sons. We consider it inauspicious to cut Tulsi, Peepal, Amla. If there are no trees and plants, there will be no human life either.


  • Highlights
    Uniform allowance of Rs 5,000 and nutritious food allowance of Rs 1,000 will be given
  • CM Chouhan will discuss with low paid employees like mahouts and cutters
  • Participated in Van Mahotsav and honored the families of forest martyrs

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