Jogulamba Gadwal: A farmer was fined Rs 1,000 after his sheep ate Haritha Haram saplings at Ieeja in Jogulamba Gadwal district.

Kuruva Mallesh's sheep had entered into a nursery and feed on the saplings

According to sources, Haritha Haram saplings were recently planted near Mallesh's house in Ieeja town. On Friday, his sheep while going out for grazing fed on the saplings.

Municipal authorities, who noticed the half-eaten saplings, conducted an inquiry and found that sheep belonged to Mallesh. Based on the instructions from the Municipal Commissioner, Ieeja, they slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 on Mallesh on Saturday.

Meanwhile, residents of Ieeja town questioned the municipal authorities for delays in solving civic issues. "How did they act swiftly on such a small issue and even punish the people responsible for it," they said.

Haritha Haram is a large-scale tree-plantation programme of Telangana government to increase the tree cover in the state from 24% to 33%.

A brainchild of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, it is one of the Flagship programmes of the Telangana government to rejuvenate degraded forests, prevent smuggling, encroachment, and grazing. It adopted intensive soil and moisture conservation measures based on a watershed approach.

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