Collectors asked to provide details of crop damage

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has asked senior officials to get reports from district Collectors about the drought conditions prevailing in 453 mandals in 16 districts of the State for launching action to mitigate the hardship to people, particularly farmers.

He took stock of the situation on different fronts at a meeting at the Secretariat where normality returned with Telangana employees attending the regular duties though Ministers from the region continued to stay away from their offices.

Expressing concern over the dry conditions, he said the Collectors should provide full details of crop damage and problems relating to drinking water supply, to enable the government to take immediate remedial steps. At his instance later, Principal Secretary, Planning, S. P. Tucker, held discussions with district Collectors through a video-conference.

Mr. Reddy directed Collectors to visit the places where dengue broke out and take the necessary steps to treat the patients and prevent the further spread of the disease.

Rachabanda

On Rachabanda II being launched on November 2, the Chief Minister asked Collectors to finalise dates in consultation with in-charge Ministers for conduct of mandal level functions to distribute benefits such as ration cards and pensions sanction-letters to the people. The mass-contact programme would be held in 1,116 mandals and 134 municipal/corporation wards a day in an Assembly constituency.