Hyderabad: Controversy is refusing to leave the campus of the RBVRR Telangana State Police Academy. A day after more than 200 of its staff and trainees tested positive for Covid-19, the academy again hit the headlines for the wrong reasons on Monday. This time it was for chopping trees to pave way for planting saplings during the Haritha Haram programme, which is actually meant to increase the green cover in the State.
According to sources, it was following instructions from a senior official that a large number of trees on the campus were destemmed to plant mango saplings with an intention to generating revenue to the academy. The responsibility of protecting the trees was also entrusted on the trainee Sub-Inspectors who are presently undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at the academy.
However, the decision to cut the trees to plant new saplings has evoked criticism from many, including those in the academy, who point out that the purpose of the Haritha Haram programme is to plant new saplings and not to cut existing trees.
The academy was also in the news recently for the transfer of its Director VK Singh who had expressed his willingness to retire from service voluntarily, apparently over being promotion issues.
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