Green is the way to go. From actors to doctors to politicians, the whole of Telugu states is adopting green. The civic authorities are making all efforts to improve tree spread by planting saplings at each event. And to add to this and make a small contribution of their own, ten women traveled to a village 25 km from Hyderabad to plant 250 saplings.
The group of 10 from Akhila Bharatiya Digamber Jain Mahila Parishad, Hyderabad, inspired 100 volunteers to join the plantation drive at Gonglur. In a day-long drive, they planted 250 saplings of neem, peepal, mango, custard apple, and guava. One of the ladies shared that the idea was to increase the green cover in the village and allow for a participatory family activity so that children are sensitized about the issue.
Another lady shared that the trip helped them understand the background and daily lives of villagers. Our presence also helped them promote their local handmade goods industry, she said. Incidentally, the village was adopted by the Hyderabad Income Tax department in 2019. Since then, over 5000 trees have been planted in a move towards reforestation.
Also, with the contributions of IRS officers, including their top brass, Gandhi Gram Seva Kendra was established in the village that helped women to start cottage industries that produce cold-pressed oils, handmade soaps, and pulses via traditional pounding methods. The women also make organic dal.
The group also helped underprivileged children in Chandanagar by giving them food. Soon, they will be distributing stationery and educational games.