The Forest Department as well as the Social Forestry Division of Maharashtra joined forces to plant 2,81,38,634 saplings across the State in 12 hours on July 1, 2016 by involving the general public, students, NGOs and other organisations, government and private. With the involvement of so many people they exceeded their target to plant two crore trees. Many records were set by the State’s plantation drive: most trees planted in 12 hr; most species (153) planted; preparation of data base of every single sapling planted across the state; and simultaneous plantation at 65,674 sites involving 6,14,482 people. Leading the charge was Forest Minister Sudhir Munguntiwar, who through this drive sought to raise the State’s forest cover from 20% to 33% to stave off recurring drought, especially in Marathwada. All ministers, MPs, MLAs and other dignitaries also rallied around for the record plantation programme.