Hyderabad: Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao on Thursday said the Central government, impressed by Telangana’s welfare and developmental programmes, was implementing similar schemes across the country.
After Telangana launched Mission Bhagiratha to provide safe drinking water to every household in the State, the Union government came up with the Jal Jeevan programme. Impressed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Rythu Bandhu programme, the Centre was now implementing Pradhan Mantri Kisan Yojana scheme, benefitting nearly 16 crore farmers, he said.
The latest programme being planned is “Nagar Van” inspired by Telangana Government’s Urban Forest Parks development programme, the Minister pointed out, addressing a gathering after the launch of Amberpet Kalan Urban Forest Park.
The Minister, appealing to the people to actively participate in Haritha Haram programme, urged them not to consider it as a government programme.
“Haritha Haram programme is meant to increase the green cover in the State and not to derive any political mileage,” he said. This programme is to ensure a safe environment for our future generations and save the planet, he said.
Pointing out that the Forest Survey of India, in its report, said that green cover in Telangana had increased from 23 per cent to 28 per cent in the last few years, he said adding this was possible only because of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s vision and effective implementation of Haritha Haram programme. The target is to increase the green cover to 33 percent, he said.
Forest Minister A Indrakaran Reddy said the State government had amended the Panchayat Raj Act and Municipal Act making it mandatory to allocate 10 per cent as green budget in all local bodies.
So far, 220 crore saplings have been planted under Haritha Haram programme at a total cost of Rs.5900 crore. This year, the target is to plant 20 crore saplings and distribute six saplings to each household, said the Minister.