KAKINADA:DistricT Collector H Arun Kumar said that the Government in a bid to motivate people towards planting saplings for environmental protection was planning to distribute spiritual and medicinal plants like Neem and Tulasi at all famous temples in the district.
Speaking at a district level review meeting held at Vidhana Goutami hall of Kakinada Collectorate, Arun Kumar said that the Government was going to distribute saplings to the public, who visit the temples and request them to cooperate in growing social forests.
For this, the Social Forestry department has to coordinate with the Endowments department.
“In the district, nearly 2,000 hectares of coastal belt would be covered with Casuarina plants with the support of Vana Samrakshna Samithis (VSSs) to meet the Hudhud disaster after affects with an amount of Rs. 1.20 crore funds. Under ‘Vanam-Manam’ program 70 lakh saplings were planted in the district, which includes 55 lakh through Social forestry department and 15 lakh saplings through NREGS.