The area of Ferozepur in the Indian province of Punjab has thought of another measure to save groundwater, making those looking for a guns license to plant at least ten saplings – and demonstrate it with a selfie.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. A district in the Indian state of Punjab that has been reeling because of an outrageous water emergency has discovered a weird approach to manage it. The people of the northern state's Ferozepur region need to plant at least ten tree saplings to acquire a guns license. It might sound odd yet it's a well-thought procedure devised by the neighborhood organization: trees are the natural rechargers of underground water and additionally slow down stormwater runoff. This is likewise a significant step in creating awareness among the local people about an environment that has been gasping for breath.

Tree planting for weapon licenses in Ferozepur

An applicant for a gun licence in the Indian district of Ferozepur in Punjab state. The picture is sent to the local government to prove the applicant has planted trees, as required by the new law. Courtesy of the Punjab State Government

The order was announced on World Environment Day on 5 June plainly expresses that those looking for weapon licenses need to plant at least ten trees. “We’ve strictly asked the applicants to plant ten saplings and take a selfie to get the application form for the licence,” says Chander Gaind, Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepur district, praised in government and public circles for this unique initiative. “The applicant has to visit us again after one month with a selfie to prove that the saplings are being taken care of. The official proceedings for the licence start only if the activity has been managed well”.

An applicant for a gun licence in the Indian district of Ferozepur in Punjab state. The picture is sent to the local government to prove the applicant has planted trees, as required by the new law. Courtesy of the Punjab State Government

Chander says that he has gotten more than 100 applications since the regulation was passed. “We aim to plant at least 12,000 saplings in the next year. We also plan to extend the rule to the renewal of licences, which would further boost the green environment. We receive around 500 applications for renewable licences every month and around 5,000 saplings can be grown in that period, which can translate into 60,000 a year”. He also includes that  region alone has around 20,000 weapon users.

(source: lifegate)