Governor ESL Narasimhan today said that Harithaharam project is meant for spreading green cover in the state and stressed the need for creating awareness among school children to plant saplings to build up green environment.
The Governor participated in the flagship Harithaharam program at Raj Bhavan School and planted saplings on the premises. Union Minister Bandaru Dattatraya, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, MLA Chinthala Rarmchandra Reddy, Deputy Mayor Fasiyuddin, GHMC Commissioner Dr B. Janardhan Reddy and others were present.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said they have planned to turn the school into green area by entrusting the job to protect each sapling to every classroom. Every student will shoulder the responsibility to protect the saplings planted, he said. Narasimhan exhorted the people to protect their environment from pollution and attract more rains for better harvest by expanding green drive.
Dattatraya said Harithaharam is the best program to banish drought from the State and the Centre will extend all help for it. Green cover expansion is key for better future and it is good to see that leaders, irrespective of their party affiliation, are participating in the Harithaharam program. He expressed happiness as the Governor was encouraging the students and people to participate in the green drive.
Srihari said that Harithaharam is being conducted to create awareness among school children and green drive is on in schools, colleges and universities. All the schools are celebrating Green Day on Saturday to mark the occasion. Essay writing and debate competitions are conducted for students and the winners will get prizes on Aug 15 he said. He said that the Governor is a source of inspiration for development works and promoting green cover. The state government has taken a decision to plant 230 saplings including 100 cr saplings in forest area, 120 crore saplings in non forest area, 10 cr saplings in GHMC area. (NSS)