The second phase of Telanganaku Haritha Haram (TKHH) programme of mass plantation of saplings got off to a colourful start in Karimnagar town on Friday.
The pleasant cloudy atmosphere and intermittent mild showers had come as a blessing for the massive plantation programme in various parts of the town. The programme was launched with a massive colourful cultural rally from the Collectorate office to Circus Grounds, which was flagged off by Minister for Finance and Civil Supplies Etala Rajender in the presence of Karimnagar MP B. Vinod Kumar, MLA G. Kamalakar, Mayor S. Ravinder Singh, Collector Neetu Prasad, and other district officials. All the dignitaries lead the rally to Circus Grounds.
Cultural artists performed amid drum beats and empowered the people about the importance of plantation for the protection of nature.
Similarly, some women performed the ‘kolatam’ dance.
Later, the dignitaries participated in the plantation drive at the Circus grounds, Sri Gidde Perumandla Swamy devasthanam in Rampur, and also on the shores of LMD reservoir on the outskirts of Karimnagar town.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that some people have destroyed Mother Nature for their selfish gains in the name of development.
He called upon all sections of society to take up plantation and nurture them as their children for bearing fruits in the future. Plants consume carbon dioxide and providing oxygen for the survival of mankind.
Mr. Rajender also administered pledge to all the participants for the protection of nature by taking up plantation of saplings.
Similarly, the members of the Telangana Physicians Association, API Karimnagar chapter, also took up plantation and distribution of saplings to their patients.
They distributed pamphlets detailing the importance of plants and its protection for a healthy living.
TPA leaders D. Raghuraman, Tirupathi Rao, and Sesha Shailaja were also present.
The government’s dream of transforming the State into Bangaru Telangana will be fulfilled with Haritha Haram programme, said Minister for Panchayat Raj K.T. Rama Rao.
Participating in the Haritha Haram programme in Gopalraopalli village in the district on Saturday, Mr. Rama Rao said the government took up the ambitious programme to increase green cover in the State and thereby protect the environment by planting 230 crore saplings in the coming years.
Stressing the importance of increasing green cover for the benefit of the future generation, he said that Haritha Haram was not a government programme but a people’s movement for the protection of environment. He said they would distribute saplings free of cost to all and appealed to people to plant the saplings and nurture them with care.
TSCOB Chairman K. Ravinder Rao, Sircilla municipal chairperson Samalla Paavani and others were also present.
Nalgonda Staff Reporter adds: To create awareness about protecting the saplings planted during the Haritha Haram programme, the Nalgonda police have taken up a unique initiative.
Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal called upon the people to adopt a plant and upload a selfie with that on Nalgonda police Facebook page. Mr. Duggal said they would organise a programme to felicitate some selected persons for best picture at the police headquarters.
The SP hoped that the selfie contest would encourage youngsters to adopt plants. The Nalgonda police have actively been participating in Haritha Haram programme. Several rallies involving schoolchildren have been taken out to popularise the programme. To make it a success, the SP has set certain targets for all the police stations.
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