Ranmala situated in Maharashta was drought prone village. THE sole reason for the drought remains to be felling off trees which led to the high soil erosion, and teh rain received does not remain sufficient enough to serve an entire year. The solution was easy and known to all-Planting of trees. But nobody knew when to start where to start and who will start.
A retired school teacher called P T Shinde gave a fantastic solution. Shinde purposefully attached sentimental values to this process. He encouraged them to plant a sapling when someone is lost to death or even gift sapling on the occasion of a birth. The idea is that such grown saplings will be treated with care and it remains as a memory of the person associated with it.
The end result is nothing but Ranmala grew around two lakh saplings in 15 years and the drought prone village is now self sufficient in its water needs.
The state government is now planning to make Ranmala Model for its massive tree plantation drive.