Mancherial: Minister for Scheduled Castes Development, Minority Welfare and Disabled Welfare Koppula Eshwar said Telangana was a model state in many aspects. He formally inaugurated the sixth edition of Telanganaku Haritha Haram by planting saplings on a piece of land of the Forest department near Rasoolpalli village in Jaipur mandal on Thursday.
Eshwar was joined by Government Whip and Chennur MLA Balka Suman, MLC Puranam Satheesh Kumar. Peddapalli MP Dr B Venkatesh Netha, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Nallala Bhagyalaxmi, MLAs Nadipelli Diwakar Rao, Durgam Chinnaiah attended the event.
Addressing a gathering, Eshwar opined that the newly formed state was implementing innovative welfare schemes and developmental activities. “It has become a role model to its counterparts by introducing the schemes. Supply of uninterrupted power, construction of irrigation projects, implementation of welfare schemes and initiation of massive plantation drive are a few to name that indicate efficiency of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao,” he remarked.
The minister further noted that the survival rate of saplings was improved with the help of tractors and tankers given to gram panchayats under the Palle Pragathi scheme. He informed that a massive plantation of saplings was planted through Telanganaku Harita Haram. A total of 182 crore saplings were planted in the five editions as against the target of 220 crore. Barely a few lakhs of saplings were planted in the State in the past.
Eshwar further stated that K Chandrasekhar Rao always envisaged for converting Telangana into a green state by increasing green cover from 21 percent to 33 percent. He said that participation of public representatives was crucial for making the green drive success. He underlined that the elected representatives must take the responsibility to grow saplings.
MP Venkatesh Netha said that the Government Whip MLA Balka Suman was striving hard for developing the constituency on the lines of Gajwel, Siddipet and Sircilla segments. Durgam Chinnaiah opined that awareness was raised among rural folks over plantation of saplings and protecting them in the last five years due to the massive green drive.
Diwakar Rao stated that 92 percent of saplings planted in the last edition of THH were survived, indicating the efforts of the government and officials concerned. He recalled that the Chief Minister conceived the plantation initiative with a sole aim to enhance green cover of the State and for protecting the environment. He added Suman was playing a vital role to better irrigation facilities of the segment.
District Libraries Chairman Renikuntla Praveen, Collector Bharati Hollikeri, Ramagundam Commissioner of Police V Sathyanarayana, In-charge District Forest Officer Lavanya, Additional Collector Ila Thripati, Mancherial FDO Vinay Kumar Sahu, Deputy Commissioner of Police D Uday Kumar Reddy, Jaipur ACP Narender, and many other officials were present.
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