Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao today reminded the people of the state of the importance of protecting the environment.
Speaking on the eve of World Environment Day, the CM said that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic had once again proved that no wealth was as precious as the environment, and added that the "sordid situation" of people desperately seeking pure air to save their lives would only be overcome if people came together to protect the environment.
"The government of Telangana, which realised that there was no wealth more important than one's environment, has already initiated several measures and action plans so that we can hand over a healthy and flourishing environment to our future generations. We have imposed a ban on low-quality plastics to curb the usage of polluting PET products. Programs like the Haritha Haram re-greening effort have helped increase the green cover of the state. Several other programs have been stated to improve the standard of the environment in both rural and urban areas," he said.
KCR said through several schemes, the production of vegetables, milk, meat, food grains had gone up in the state enabling the people to get nutritious food, and that various irrigation projects had helped make the state greener as well. He added that the state had garnered praise at the national level for this.
The CM then appealed to the people in the state to become active participants in the protection of the environment to keep Telangana green and to help preserve its biodiversity.