Open auction of red sanders in Aug

Open auction of red sanders in Aug
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Minister for forests and environment Sidda Raghava Rao stated that government has taken steps to combat smuggling of red sanders in the state and plans are afoot to strengthen special taskforce in all fronts in this regard

Rajamahendravaram: Minister for forests and environment Sidda Raghava Rao stated that government has taken steps to combat smuggling of red sanders in the state and plans are afoot to strengthen special taskforce in all fronts in this regard.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, the minister informed that the government decided to conduct open auctions thrice in a month to sell red sanders. As part of it, the first open auction will be held in the month of August, for 20,000 metric tonnes.

The minister assured of transparency in open auction, as red sanders has worldwide demand and cost per metric tonne was more when compared with other woods. “Steps were being taken to protect forest produce and an action plan is being devised to develop forests in the state.

The ongoing Janam Manam programme was aimed to increase 50 per cent greenery across the state, apart from creating awareness among people on environment protection,” he added.

The minister said that many non-governmental organisations, corporate companies would also participate in the programme. Lashing out at YSRC president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, he said that Jagan, who was accused in 19 cases, might not continue in politics in long.

“His party will not even get deposits in 2019 polls. People are vexed with the attitude of the Jagan as an Opposition leader and will teach him a fitting lesson,” he averred.

Earlier, Sidda reviewed the progress of ongoing works in forest department. Conservator of forests C Ravi Kumar and other officials were present.

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