Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy on Monday said the government has extended the NREGA scheme to 200 days a year and it was also proposing to increase the daily wages to Rs.137 from Rs.120 being paid now.

She said the government was extending ‘interest-free loans' to farmers and self-help groups to help them out from financial crisis besides, paying adequate compensation for crop damages. To avoid exploitation by middlemen, the government was allotting money to farmers by depositing it in their bank accounts, she said after inaugurating the ‘Prajapatham' programme at Purandla village in Maheshwaram mandal of Ranga Reddy district.

To ensure better power supply, two more electricity sub-stations were coming up in Nagaram and Gollapalli, she informed the gathering.

She also inaugurated the gram panchayat building in the village. When she enquired about the provision of basic amenities like drinking water, health care in the village, residents replied that bore wells had dried up and fetching drinking water was a task.

She said the Congress government is committed to solve the problems of the people and it has been conducting various programmes to solve their grievances for the past nine years, she added.

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