Adilabad: Forest and Environment Minister Jogu Ramanna has given a deadline to authorities and has asked them to meet Haritha Haram target by working in tandem. He reviewed progress of the green drive here on Tuesday and set the deadline of September 10.
Ramanna said 67. 26 lakh saplings were planted as against a target of 1.01 crore during the ongoing afforestation drive. In order to reach the goal, everyone should take part in the initiative. Authorities must strive to accomplish the aim by taking help from public representatives. Apart from planting, focus should be laid on protection saplings, he added.
The Minister instructed district officials to form more teams of green brigades to help sustenance of saplings and to increase green cover. He directed them to prepare proposals to make the programme a success. He told Collector to grant special funds if a civic body shows remarkable interest in growing trees, as a token of appreciation.
Ramanna asked Anganwadi workers to promote Haritha Haram by conducting door-to-door campaign. He instructed authorities to take steps to improve performance of Village Revenue Assistants. He told them to utilise their services in social activities as well.
Collector Dr M Buddapraksh, Joint Collector K Krishna Reddy, Forest Conservator Sanjay Kumar Gupta, District Revenue Officer B Shankar, Zilla Parishad CEO G Jithender Reddy, several revenue officials and authorities of various departments were present.