Presenting a bouquet or a garland to a politician or a celeb on birthdays or at public events has develop to be out of vogue as of late in Telangana. As a substitute, celebrities select accepting a tree sapling.
On Wednesday, when Telangana residence minister Mohammad Mahmud Ali celebrated his birthday, he appealed to the parents to not come to him with bouquets, nonetheless plant bushes. The minister himself planted a sapling at Anjuman Khadim-ul-Muslimeen, an orphanage in Amberpet in Hyderabad.
And the credit score rating for encouraging politicians and completely different VIPs to take up tree plantation goes to 44-year-old Joginapalli Santosh Kumar, a Rajya Sabha member from Telangana Rashtra Samithi, who had taken up a singular initiative – Inexperienced India Problem (GIC) – three years previously, to enhance the state’s inexperienced cowl.
“Comfortable to plant a sapling on my birthday as a part of #GreenIndiaChallenge initiated by @MPsantoshtrs Saab. Request everybody to participate on this noble initiative. #GIC,” the deputy chief minister tweeted.
In contrast to completely different politicians who protect themselves busy indulging in power politics, Santosh, as a result of the MP prefers being known as, is focussing on promoting tree plantation amongst people in an unlimited method.
“My goal is to see that there’s greenery all over the place – whether or not it’s a small home, or a avenue or a colony or a township. At a time when even the villages are turning into concrete jungles, there may be each have to develop greenery in no matter little house we’ve, with a purpose to make a greater residing,” says Santosh.
The considered the Inexperienced India Problem obtained right here to Santosh in July 2018, when people have been being carried away by fancy challenges on social media like “Ice Bucket Problem” and “Rice Bucket Problem.” He acknowledged instead of shedding time on such publicity programmes, he thought he would do one factor that was useful to society.
“After discussing with my associates, I obtained right here up with this idea of inauspicious the parents to plant tree saplings, which could go a long way in bettering the inexperienced cowl throughout the state. The inspiration for me was my uncle, chief minister Okay Chandrasekhar Rao, who took up this tree plantation programme in an unlimited method in Siddipet when he was an MLA in ‘90s,” he stated.
The Inexperienced India Problem – with “Hara Hai Toh Bhara Hai” slogan, tags folks to plant a sapling, difficult three others to do the identical to proceed the chain. “Inside no time, the problem has obtained great response. Politicians, officers, sportspersons, celebrities from movie industries in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Bollywood, additionally took up the problem and planted bushes of their respective areas and posted the images on their respective social media platforms, which led to the marketing campaign going viral,” Santosh stated.
The GIC has now emerged as one of many largest campaigns initiated by a person, as greater than 13 crore bushes have been planted in several components of the nation.
Taking the marketing campaign to the following degree, Santosh has been requesting company teams to take up the afforestation on a bigger scale in as many as 88 forest blocks in and round Hyderabad.
“In an try and encourage industrialists, I adopted 2,400 acres of reserve forest space at Keesara in Medchal-Malkajgiri district, two years in the past and took up planting of 30,000 bushes. Your complete space has been fenced and now, there’s a great progress within the forest space,” he stated.
Impressed by him, chairman of Hetero Pharma B Parthasarathy Reddy adopted 2,543 acres of forest land at Narasapur to enhance the inexperienced cowl. “Standard actor Prabhas (of Bahubali fame) has additionally responded to undertake 1,650 acres of forest land at Kazipally. One other huge industrial group has agreed to spend practically ₹70 crore to take up tree plantation at Rachakonda forest space on the outskirts of the town,” he stated.
In an try to focus on the significance of afforestation, Santosh introduced out a coffee-table guide titled “Vriksha Vedam” which includes slokas and literary renditions from numerous historical scriptures like Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Sanskrit literary works and Buddhist literature that preached the significance of bushes for the welfare of mankind.
Santosh is planning to arrange a Inexperienced India Basis to take up the tree plantation programme extensively to all components of the nation. “I’m planning to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be a part of this marketing campaign. His message will go an extended solution to encourage many generations to return,” he stated.
On the event of KCR’s birthday on February 17, Santosh gave a reputation for “Koti Vriksharchana” (worshipping bushes with planting of 1 crore saplings). “It was an enormous success. An unprecedented variety of 1, 05, 25,625 tree saplings had been planted in lower than an hour on a single day,” he acknowledged.