The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly formed a special committee on Tuesday to probe the transparency of Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project of the provincial government.
Shagufta Malik of Awami National Party (ANP) stirred up the issue and sought details of the types of saplings planted and price and total number of saplings planted and purchased under the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s afforestation project.
Malik while responding to her queries stated that she seek the union-council wise details of the saplings bought and planted in various districts of the Peshawar, which were not mentioned in the written reply.
Opposition members jumped into the matter and lashed ruling elite for this project, the criticism went to an extent that opposition actually demanded KP assembly to probe the matter.
Forest department tells that government purchased and grew 486.9 million saplings for this project and according to the report 1.2 billion saplings are planted across the whole province.
Out of the total number of saplings planted, 732 million were planted in the enclosures of the forests that were affected by soil erosion, soil deficient nutrients, illegal over grazing, fires and floods. 311 saplings were planted in other districts of the KPK and the remaining number of saplings were distributed in NGOs and government departments.
“We have information that the province does not have enough land to plant one billion trees,” said opposition leader Akram Khan Durrani and mentioned that this issue will not be discussed after the committee report.