Telangana Government’s flagship programme, Haritha Haram will be successful only when students work as soldiers and teachers enlighten them on the need of improving green environment.
Addressing the Balala Haritha Haram held at Rajiv Gandhi Auditorium here on Friday, Ms. Priyanka Varghese, the Officer on Special Duty of the programme, felt that students would listen only to teachers and they would take light of parents’ word at times.
There were lakhs of students, who are supported by teachers and hence, the programme to be held from July first week, would be of a grand success, she said.
With a great aim of correcting ecological imbalance, overcoming drought and reducing temperature, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had planned this ambitious programme, she said and expressed the hope that it would find solution to many problems beset in society.
For the well-being of the State and children, teachers should bring awareness among students, she added.
Ms. Priyanka Varghese suggested the authorities to make extra efforts to get the first position for the district in the implementation of the Haritha Haram programme.
District Collector D. Ronald Rose said that as the teachers invariably spent spend not less than seven hours with students.
Expressing the concern at the increasing temperatures, Superintendent of Police S. Chandrashekar Reddy vowed to plant one lakh saplings by the Police Department.
As many as 446 headmasters, school children and district authorities were present.
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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.