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, 2009
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Campaign launched to protect girl child, trees

Source: The Indian Express, New Delhi, Date: , 2009

Corporates and NGOs have decided to come together to work on, and connect, two burning causes: the girl child and trees. Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna on March 22, 2009 inaugurated ‘Nanhi Chaan’, a movement to protect the girl child and trees. Nanhi Chaan is a brainchild of chairman emeritus, Fortis, Harpal Singh. “A survey says 99 per cent of Indians have faith. We want to spread the message of Nanhi Chaan through faith. Our concept is that every time a girl enters a house, during a birth or marriage, a tree should be planted. This programme has already been very successful through the Golden Temple in Amritsar. We have distributed 500,000 saplings in Punjab in the last seven months. We will take this community movement all over India now,” Singh said. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) have pledged their support for the cause.