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Nurseries in each panchayat to be set up in Ranga Reddy

Nurseries in each panchayat to be set up in Ranga Reddy
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In the light of the amended Panchayat Raj Act2018, a horticultural nursery will be set up in each district soon to supply plants of the choice of the villagers to plant them during the Haritha Haram programme, taken up to improve the forest cover in rural and urban areas

Ranga Reddy: In the light of the amended Panchayat Raj Act-2018, a horticultural nursery will be set up in each district soon to supply plants of the choice of the villagers to plant them during the Haritha Haram programme, taken up to improve the forest cover in rural and urban areas.

Training is under way for the district-level and mandal-level officials, Vana Sevaks, women’s groups and so on.
As per the new legislation, each household should plant at least six saplings. Failure to nurse the saplings would attract penalty equal to that of house tax. A one Sevak would be appointed for each nursery on daily wages and honorarium basis. The Sevak will be paid Rs 205 a day.

Lands having red soil are being chosen to set up the nurseries with 20,000 saplings, 40,000 and one lakh saplings respectively. While quarter acre is needed to run a nursery of 20,000 plants capacity, half acres is needed to run a nursery with 40,000 saplings and one acre to run the nursery with one lakh plants.

The government pays a lease of Rs 1,000 to quarter-acre nursery, Rs 2,000 to half-acre nursery and Rs 3,000 to the nursery set up in one acre. The government pays Rs 50,000 to each of the nurseries for construction of a water tank, basement and to lay water pipelines.

The government also pays for erection of a barbed wire around the nurseries. The government also foots the bill to transport red soil, black soil and farm yard manure for all the nurseries.

The green cover in the state is only 9.25 per cent, but the object is to ensure that it has at least 33 per cent Under the new panchayat act, a horticultural nursery for each panchayat will be set up. Under the aegis of the DRDO, 560 nurseries will be set up. The district level officials have been sensitised about the programme and mandal level officials are being sensitised about the new legislation.

Only those plants that are demanded by the farmers would be grown in the country Vana Sevaks will also be appointed soon. Top priority is to grow fruit-bearing plants in each nursery. As per the new legislation, anyone who owns a house should grow at least six saplings or else he or she would have to pay fine which is equal to the house tax.

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