HYDERABAD: The performance of peoples' representatives and officials will be assessed through their participation in the tree plantation programme, Haritha Haaram. The assessment will be done by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao himself by conducting surprise checks from Monday onwards.
How many saplings a minister, MP or MLA or an official planted will be the parameter to assess their performance, Rao said on Friday.
At a review meeting with officials at his camp office, the CM said the individual officer or a public representative should prepare his or her own plan on how to participate in Haritha Haaram. For this, the CM will conduct surprise visits from Monday.
"I will not announce my schedule. I will make a surprise visit where the peoples' representatives are participating in Haritha Haaram," Rao said.
The performance of the peoples' representatives would be announced based on their participation in Haritha Haaram, Rao said.
"I have already collected information through various sources," Rao said.
He directed officials to prepare plans on how to water the saplings, if there were no rains. The drinking water tankers should be used to watering the plants, Rao said. Even fire tenders too would be pressed into service. The drivers of fire tenders would be given walky-talkies so that they would be alerted if there were any fire accidents, the Chief Minister said.
He directed the officials to ensure that no sapling should wither away for want of water. There was no dearth of funds as the state had Rs 1,500 crore funds available under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).
If necessary, funds from other heads too could be utilised, Rao said. Even at the gram panchayat level, sarpanch, VRO, VAO and other officials should involve themselves in Haritha Haaram programme, the CM said and added that the state should achieve the target of planting 46 crore saplings this year.