The Manipur government has appointed a nine-year-old girl as the brand ambassador for the Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission, after a video of her crying inconsolably on seeing the two trees planted by her being cut down went viral on social media.
Elangbam Valentina Devi, a Class V student, had planted two Gulmohar (royal poinciana) trees by the side of a river when she was in Class 1.
The student of Amutombi Divine Life English School, had on a daily basis tending to the saplings, which grew into trees in the last four years.
On Saturday, the two trees were cut down for a project to widen a road beside the river.
In the video that went viral, the girl is seen sobbing profusely as she sees the trees planted by her being cut down. The video evoked lot of appreciation and support for her in social media.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh who is also very active on social media responded immediately