Hyderabad: Chief Secretary SP Singh on Saturday asked all district Collectors and other officials to intensify the plantation drive to achieve the targets under Haritha Haram. During a review meeting CS said Chief Minister K Chandhashekhar Rao is closely monitoring the Haritha Haram programme. “Rains are most encouraging this time, so the officials should take it as advantage to plant more saplings and fast track the plantation drive,” Singh said.
Directing the district officials, he said in coordination with the Agriculture Department, officials should ensure success of plantation drive by widely involving the farmers at the villages. Mentioning about the plantation of date and palm trees CS directed Excise officials to motivate villagers to plant such trees.
Chief Secretary wanted plantation of saplings in burial grounds, either sides of the roads and road dividers. “Avenue plantation should be conducted across the Outer Ring Road and special attention should be take-up while planting saplings on Airport road,” CS said. He asked Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) commissioner Janardhan Reddy to take help from residential associations, self-help groups and welfare association for planting saplings. Singh directed district Collectors to review time to time with all departments to attain targets.
Later he also reviewed on supply of bathukamma sarees. CS asked the District Collectors to identify buildings and stock points for storage of bathukamma sarees. “By investing Rs 200 crore sarees will be given to 1.04 crore poor women in the State,” Adding this he said from the next week sarees would be distributed to all districts to ensure last time rush and directed collectors to prepare a plan accordingly for hassle free distribution of sarees.