Staff Reporter

New ZP chief's priorities include nutritious meals under ICDS food scheme, tackling fluoride problem, school buildings, filling of teacher posts

ANANTAPUR: The State Government has sanctioned Rs. 4.51 crores to the district for maintenance of comprehensive protected drinking water schemes under the 12th Finance Commission funds, Zilla Parishad Chairperson T. Kavitha has stated.

In a press conference on Monday, her first after taking over as the ZP chief, she explained that Rs. 69.85 lakhs would be utilised for settling pending bills and Rs. 3.33 crores for works proposed in 29 CPWS schemes under the purview of the Rural Water Supply Department. The remaining Rs. 48.6 lakhs would be used for maintenance of 19 CPWS schemes under Satya Sai Water Supply Project.

For schools

An amount of Rs. 11.60 lakhs has also been sanctioned for temporary measures to ensure drinking water in 725 schools that have no permanent drinking water facility. The amount will be utilised for purchase of pots for carrying water from sources outside the schools, labour charges for carrying the water and for purchase of steel drums for storing drinking water from this month to March 2007.

Each school would be given Rs. 1,600 for purchase of pots, drums and labour charges for eight months, she explained. Efforts would also be made to provide a permanent drinking water source in these schools.

Call for unity

She called upon the newly elected sarpanches in the district to set aside their political affiliations and work for the development of villages by cooperating with the Zilla Parishad. Listing out her priorities Ms. Kavitha stated that she would lay emphasis on nutritional food scheme under ICDS, fluoride problem, school buildings and vacancies of teacher posts. She also urged her fellow ZPTC members and district officials to cooperate with the ZP for setting an example in development.

Singanamala legislator S. Sailajanath, Chief Executive Office of ZP K. Sripathi Rao, Superintendent Engineer of RWS A. Sriramulu Naik and others were also present.