G.O.Rt:280 Mission Haritha Andhra Pradesh – Celebration of Kartika Vana Mahotsavam – Certain Guidelines

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GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
ABSTRACT
Mission Haritha Andhra Pradesh – Celebration of Kartika Vana Mahotsavam – Certain
Guidelines – Issued
ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
G.O.RT.No. 280 Dated: 15-11-2016
Read the following:
Letter of PCCF & HoFF No.16807/2016/NC.1., dated 10-11-2016
ORDER:
1. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has committed itself to secure fifty per cent
(50%) of the land area of Andhra Pradesh State under green cover by 2029 through Mission
Haritha Andhra Pradesh. In this direction, the government has launched the Vanam-
Manam Program during the current year, and has taken a number of measures to increase
awareness about environment conservation and climate change adaptation amongst all
citizens of the State. Further, the Government has been taking a number of activities to
strengthen the bond between people and the nature and facilitate reinforcement of people’s
spiritual and physical connection with the nature, with a view to ensure sustainable
conservation of the fragile eco-system.
2. Traditionally, the month of Kartika (Kartika Masam), especially starting from the full
moon day (Kartika Purnima), is considered auspicious for strengthening the spiritual and
physical bond with the nature. In this context, the Government hereby order that the
District Administration and all departments mobilise all resources under their command to
create the enabling environment essential for strengthening the bond between the people
and the nature by celebrating Kartika Vana Mahotsavam thorough the month of Kartika,
starting on November 14, 2016, by organizing nature conservation and environment
promotion centric activities across the state. The Heads of all Departments with an
interface with the public and the District Collectors are requested to celebrate Kartika Vana
Mahotsavam with the active participation of elected representatives, students, government
employees, SHGs, Water Users Associations, Vana Samrakshana Samithis (VSS) NGOs and
people at large in a befitting manner.
3. The following guidelines may be adapted to the local circumstances to spread
awareness about environment and nature conservation, climate change adaptation and
above all above the Mission Haritha Andhra Pradesh:
i. Celebrate Karthika Vana Mahotsavam through the month of Kartika starting on
November 14, 2016. Every person / family may spend at least a day in the lap of
nature during this month.
ii. Conduct regular meetings of the District Vanam-Manam committees to plan,
coordinate and monitor the implementation of action plan that would enable the
general public, students, SHG members, etc., to participate in nature visits/
excursions to nearby forest / wooded areas, nurseries, Kartika Vanams and Nagara
Vanams to savour the experience of living in nature’s lap.

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