Avoid plastic & expand greenery: Jogu Ramanna

Telangana BC Welfare and Forest Minister Jogu Ramanna today said the State government has launched a unique Haritha Haram scheme to expand greenery to a great extent.

The minister attended a four-day national workshop to mark national environment day on June 5 conducted by the Union Forest and Environment Ministry in Delhi. It was attended by forest ministers and officials of all states.

Speaking on the occasion, Ramanna stressed the need for expansion of forest cover to fight pollution and avoid use of plastic. He called upon the people and employees to avoid the use of plastic and follow green norms to grow plants and protect them to create conducive atmosphere in and around their houses and offices. It is essential that the people should cooperate with the governments to increase green cover much extent as it will fight pollution, bring in more rains and help increase agriculture production. Telangana Government under leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has taken up the flagship program of Haritha Haram and involving people and various departments.

“Our aim is to increase the forest cover from 26 per cent to 33 per cent in Telangana state. Though the past governments failed to increase forest cover the TRS Government has conducting green expansion programs in a phased manner, the minister said. Our government has decided to close down polluting industries and ban the use of plastic material by 2022, Ramanna said. Else the mankind will face the brunt of pollution of any sort if it fails to vie for more green cover”, the minister maintained. (NSS)