In an initiative to raise the green cover in the state, the Andhra Pradesh government will conduct a massive plantation drive on July 29, by planting 1 crore saplings across the state.
On Wednesday, the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu appealed to the people, elected representatives, members of self-help groups, non-governmental organisations, government organisations, public and private institutions to join the “Mission Haritha Andhra Pradesh”.
Urging people to plant saplings and sow seeds at every place across the state, he said “The State has only 23 per cent green cover while it is more than 50 per cent in various countries. The aim is to increase the green cover to 50 per cent by 2029 and this requires the support of the people of all sections.”
Vanam Manam Programme:
Announcing the government’s proposal to introduce “Vanam – Manam” programme under the Mission Haritha Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Naidu said it would promote plantation in 4 lakh acres every year.
To monitor the programme in every district, the government would appoint senior IFS and IAS officers; apart from constituting committees at district level with in-charge Minister as chairman and district Collector as convenor. These committees will also create awareness among people to promote green cover.
Methods to Prevent Cutting of Trees:
A proposal was also announced to start a “Tree Bank” and according to a release from the CMO, plans are on towards drafting laws to prevent cutting trees. The CM now wants the government to adopt latest technology to shift the trees if required, for road widening and asked the officials to prepare proposals and also take suggestions from the people on promoting green cover.