The Telugu Desam government is all set to revive its pet programme ‘Neeru-Meeru’ shortly. The programme was introduced by the TDP government in 2000 to create awareness among the people to ensure their participation and to facilitate conservation efforts of various government departments.

The government now has plans to implement small, medium, and major irrigation schemes to ensure supply of irrigation water to every tail-end farmer, according to Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao.

Addressing his maiden press conference as a Minister here on Wednesday, Mr. Rao said that the government would expedite works at the ongoing irrigation projects. “Emphasis will be on completing the Polavaram and Pulichintala projects. The government will leave no stone unturned to implement the R&R measures effectively and ensure that no tribal or non-tribal citizen suffers, he said. The Minister further said that he had plans to visit Pulichintala and Polavaram project sites on June 15 and 16 respectively. A meeting on these projects would be convened in North Coastal districts on June 13, he said.

Bandar port

At another press conference, BC Welfare Minister Kollu Ravindra and Machilipatnam MP Konakalla Narayana said that the Bandar port would be a reality soon. The government would commence port construction works at the earliest. Development of ports would not only provide employment opportunities to people but also help put the State on world maritime trade map, they said.

Mr. Ravindra said that the government was serious in implementing the promises made to people. The government would lay emphasis on welfare schemes and pensions, he said. The Minister said the Vijayawada-Guntur had the potential to be the State capital, if its topography was to be considered.

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