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| Last Updated::01/08/2016

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Ten Minutes to Earth

Ten Minutes to Earth is a novel, unique and innovative programme conceptualized and initiated by the Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri. Pawan Chamling during 2009 in which the 25th day of June is observed by every citizen of the State as an annual ritual by dedicating ten minutes of their time in plantation, protection and conservation of the mother earth.

The then Governor of Sikkim, Shri. Balmiki Prasad Singh terming the ‘programme as ‘innovative’, has  said - "Ten Minutes to Earth is in the highest traditions of the Indian civilization values. It is a people’s programme where every Sikkimese participate on the same day and at the same time. Through this programme, Sikkim is lighting a lamp for restoration of ecology and may this lamp guide other States of India and world".

The state-wide massive plantation drive is coordinated by the Department of Forests, Environment & Widlife Management, Government of Sikkim. The department provides free seedlings through  distribution booths set up at every forest check posts and several other prime locations. 

No. of seedlings planted during Ten Minutes to Earth Programme on 25th of June (2009 to 2015) new


District 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year 5th Year 6th Year 7th Year
2009 2010


2012 2013 2014 2015
East 20,3740 1,85,000 64,277 54,255 54,115 50,110 46,169 
West 1,86,039


21,895 17,305 10,775 6,721 4,416 
North 60,465 54,104 9,224 7,541 14,105 2,009 10,094 
South 1,60,450 1,17,341 18,472 8,232 5,365 6,000 18,340 
Year-wise Total 6,10,694 4,72,031 1,13,868 87,333 84,360 64,840 79,019 

 Figure Source: Territorial Circle, FEWMD, GoS