VIJAYAWADA: The state government is contemplating raising Andhra Pradesh Green Corps with five lakh students for conservation of forests and environment.
Disclosing this during his review of the arrangements being made for the 66th Vanamahotsava celebrations and launching of City Forests (Nagaravanam) along with formally launching Andhra Pradesh Green Corps at Kothuru Tadepalli Reserve Forest, special chief secretary (forests and environment) AK Parida said the main objective of the AP Green Corps is to make the future generation of the state more sensitive to environment and forests.
He said the students pursuing VIII to X classes at all government and private schools in the state will be made part of AP Green Corps and they will be given the responsibility of plantation of saplings and creating awareness about environment and biodiversity. Necessary training for them will be provided in due course.
Green corps will be spread across all the 13 districts and out of the five lakh green corps, one lakh will be in the capital region alone while the rest will be spread across other districts. The programme will be formally launched by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the presence of Union forest minister Prakash Javadekar, Union minister of state for science and technology Y S Chowdary, state ministers and others. An interactive programme with students too will be held on the occasion.
Meanwhile, the district administration is making elaborate arrangements for Iftar in Vijayawada on July 17 at A1 Convention Centre, which will be attended by the CM. As many as 3,000 Muslim brethren are expected to attend the dinner along with ministers, officials and Muslim religious heads.