Nizamabad: People should protect saplings planted under Haritha Haram like their children to increase the green cover in the State, said Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy.
The Speaker on Monday planted a sapling as part of an avenue plantation programme under which 40,000 saplings were planted from Padmajiwadi crossroads to Banswada covering a distance of 45 km.
Zaheerabad MP BB Patil, Yellareddy and Jukkal MLAs Jajula Surender and Hanumanthu Shinde, respectively, also participated in programme.
Pocharam said that people should protect Pancha Bhutas (five elements) — water, fire, air, sky, and earth — for survival, otherwise there would a threat to biomass on earth. He said that after the formation of Telangana State, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had focused on Haritha Haram and planted 172 core saplings. About 30 crore saplings would be planted this year as part of the sixth phase of the green drive.
The Speaker said that this year they would plant 65 lakh saplings in Kamareddy district alone and as part of it, 40,000 saplings were planted from Gandhari crossroads to Banswada along the road.
He said that Haritha Haram would be a continuous programme and that if people wanted rains in appropriate time, increasing green cover was the only solution, citing an example of Machareddy mandal, which receives required rainfall given its sufficient green cover.
Pocharam said that the State had been implementing several welfare schemes for the benefit of farmers and the common man. Even while fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, the State government had released financial assistance under Rythu Bandhu to over 54 lakh farmers.
ZP chairperson D Shobha Raju, DCCB Chairman P Bhaskar Reddy, Kamareddy Collector Dr Sharath, Additional Collector Yadireddi, DRDO PD Chandramohan Reddy, Kamareddy DFO Vasantha, and other public representatives participated in the plantation drive.
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