Following the birth of their daughter, a Pune couple has set out to do something noble. At a total expenditure of Rs 50,000, Ranjeet and Neha Naik have planted 101 saplings in the village of Malshiras, Solapur district, Maharashtra. After her naming ceremony, one-and-a-half-month-old Alisha was responsible for the donation of 51 more saplings to a local school.
Ranjeet owns an AutoCAD training institute while Neha works as a professor at a Symbiosis institute. After they had a girl on August 18, the couple took their friends' help to conduct this 55-km plantation drive. In this process, they installed numerous types of plants like banyan, tamarind, coconut palm, etc.
To The Times of India, Neha spoke about India's sex ratio problem and the need to increase awareness for the protection of the girl child.
"Women are one half of society, and equal in every respect to men. To bring about social equilibrium, it is necessary to raise awareness about saving the girl child. Ecological awareness is equally important. We felt an effort for both should start from our home, and we hope our child's generation follows this trend. We look forward to seeing the trees grow with her."
In the same chat, Ranjeet said,
"When I first mentioned this tree plantation idea to my kith and kin, they were enthused. Luckily for us, a friend suggested this spot in Malshiras, where he owns some agricultural land that happens to be open for plantation. This gave us 3.5 acres of land to plant new trees; there was no water problem either, as there is a pond in the area and we plan to deploy a water tanker."