`Haritha Nidhi': Elected representatives, students, employees to contribute for `Green Telangana'

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Friday announced the creation of Telangana Haritha Nidhi (Telangana Green Fund) with contributions from elected representatives, employees, students as well as the general public.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  2 Oct 2021 4:51 AM GMT
`Haritha Nidhi: Elected representatives, students, employees to contribute for `Green Telangana

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Friday announced the creation of Telangana Haritha Nidhi (Telangana Green Fund) with contributions from elected representatives, employees, students as well as the general public.

The MPs, MLAs, MLCs, IAS, IPS, IFS officials, and state government employees will contribute every month. The contributions will be deducted from their salaries. Besides, a one-time contribution will be collected from students at the time of their admission.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced this new initiative in the State Legislative Assembly during a short discussion on `Haritha Haram' in Telangana. Right from students to All India Service (AIS) officers will contribute to the fund from anywhere between Rs 5 to Rs 100.

The Chief Minister also said one would have to pay Rs 50 during the registration of documents and Rs 1,000 during the renewal of government licences. The government is expecting to raise around Rs 20 crore to Rs 30 crore for the Green Fund annually.

Stating that charity should begin from home, the Chief Minister said that all MLAs, MLCs, and MPs from the State would contribute Rs 500 per month from their salary and added that TRS legislators and MPs had already given their consent.

Similarly, the All India Service officers – IAS, IPS, IFS, and other officers – have agreed to contribute from their salary. Telangana gazetted officers (TGOs), non gazetted officers (TNGOs), and teachers' unions have agreed to chip in with a contribution of Rs 25 per month for the green cause from their salary.

Likewise, students will be charged one-time token amount at the time of admission. Accordingly, Rs 5 will be charged for primary school, Rs 15 for high school, Rs 25 for Intermediate, Rs 50 for undergraduate and Rs 100 for post-graduate and professional courses.

KCR spoke extensively about the plantation drive in the state. He referred to the Great Green Wall of China and the Green Party of New Zealand.

He said that the per capita trees were 10,163 in Canada and 4,964 in Greenland. The per capita trees in Australia were 3,266, America 699, France 203, Ethiopia 143, China 130, and the UK 47. But in India, it is just 28.

"I have requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take the lead and start the people's movement for Green India. The survival rate of saplings planted under Haritha Haram is between 80 and 95 percent. Our target is to plant 230 crore saplings. Out of 100 crore saplings, 60.66 crore have already been planted in the forest areas," he said.

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