From now onwards, bamboo will be treated as a grass and not a tree, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.
Addressing a gathering of tribals in Mandla town of Madhya Pradesh to mark the National Panchayati Raj Day, Modi said since tribals had to face punitive action for felling bamboo, the government had decided to categorise it as a grass.
“Due to insufficient availability of bamboo, the country imports it. But if farmers grow bamboo on the fence of their fields, it could well be another source of earning which can help change their life for the better,” he said.
The Prime Minister started his speech welcoming the people in Gondi language spoken by Gond tribals. “There is no paucity of funds for development work today… What is needed is ensure the right use of these funds.”
“By 2022, a New India will emerge under the leadership of Narendra Modi,” he said.