On Tuesday in Khammam Minister for Environment and Forests Jogu Ramanna said that the state government is taking measures for the development of forests and would be organizing Haritha Haaram scheme as a prestigious programme and gave a call to people to extend cooperation for making it a grand success.
District Collector Dr K Ilambarithi welcomed Jogu Ramanna with a bouquet and explained to the Minister about the progress made in implementation of various welfare schemes in the district especially Haritha Haaram.
Jogu Ramanna said that “Decrease in forest cover is resulting in scanty rainfall,” and said that Khammam district is in 1st place with more than 50 % area covered by forests followed by Adilabad district. He explained that smugglers have looted forest resources due to faulty policies of previous state governments.
He said that CM KCR has taken up Haritha Haaram scheme as a prestigious program. “It was decided to raise 4 crore saplings in nurseries across the district as part of the program,” he added.
On Tuesday and Wednesday he would inspect nurseries at Khammam, Karepally, Yellandu, Kothagudem and Bhadrachalam and said that in July 2015 the state government would conduct Haritha Haaram Week.
Jogu Ramanna, who is also holding BC Welfare portfolio, said that there are 294 BC welfare hostels in the district and out of which 125 are not having permanent buildings the state government would strengthen BC study circles to prepare students for competitive exams by providing coaching with experts on par with private institutions. And allot permanent buildings very soon.
In Khammam , Jogu Ramanna planted saplings at a nursery managed by Forest Department at Tekulapally in urban mandal.
Wyra MLA B Madan Lal, MLC Balasani Lakshminarayana, Conservator of Forests B Anand Mohan, District BC Welfare Officer Venkata Narasaiah and other officials were present.