Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao underscored the need to constitute a committee consisting all party members and green lovers to save precious forests lands in the State from being occupied.
The committee should discuss measures to be adopted to save forest lands, besides preparing a note on existing lands and the extent of lands occupied, especially by tribals and others, he said.
Pointing at the recent Gotti Koya tribe incident at Tadvai mandal in Bupalpally district, the Chief Minister said they were from Chhattisgarh and were chopping down precious forest cover in the State.
Cutting trees in the name of cultivation cannot be permitted since this will reduce green cover in the State. Apart from cultivation, there are other means of earning livelihood and these practices should be promoted among them, he suggested during a special discussion on Haritha Haram in the Assembly here on Monday.
The Chief Minister said stringent action will be initiated against those occupying forest lands. He wanted the house members to support the measures being taken up by the State Government to save forest lands.