Haritha Haram Should Inspire Other States : Javadekar

HYDERABAD: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today accused the previous governments of negligence for not developing forest region that resulted in poor rainfall. He expressed concern that almost 35,000 crore rupees, meant for such programs, was not used by the previous governments and the region was deprived of normal rainfall.

Javadekar showered praises on Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao for taking up Haritha Haram project like statehood movement.

Participating in the greenery project of Telanganaku Haritha Haram at Mothe village in Nizamabad district, the Union minister planted a sapling on the occasion and said the project would help increase forest cover to 33 percent. He also asked other states to emulate the Telangana Haritha Haram project to expand greenery, which is not getting implemented in any other state in the country.

a�?Rao achieved the statehood with peoplea��s support, and the BJP extended similar support at the Centre. I know Telugu and you may not understand if I speaka�?, he said.

Javadekar said the Centre would allot funds to the states for similar programs. He said Rao had brought about statehood by often-sloganeering a�?Jai Telangana,a�? and now taking up the greenery program to expand forest cover.

He exuded confidence that the state government would take up massive afforestation program in the near future. a�?We need to protect the saplings through guards and ensure that there will be more rainfall and overcome the problem of pollution, he said. The Union minister exhorted the people to participate voluntarily in the greenery program being taken up in a prestigious manner. (NSS)

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