Sonia to visit the village on September 1
780 beneficiaries to get pattas
Officials prepare fresh list for old age pensions
GUNTUR: The visit of United Progressive Alliance Chairperson may be days away, but the small village, Tumuluru in Kollipara mandal in Tenali revenue division, is already witnessing a flurry of activity. Sonia Gandhi is set to touch down on the village on September 1 morning, where she would inaugurate the second phase of Indiramma housing programme. She is also scheduled to take part in an interactive meet with the villagers.
A fresh coat of tar is lined across the roads, the side trenches are being filled up and the entire village with a population of 6,000 is getting a facelift.
The revenue officials have now confirmed that 780 beneficiaries would get house site pattas. Out of them, 540 belonged to the scheduled castes and tribes.
Local MLA Gudibanda Venkat Reddy might have been a discontented man after being denied a Cabinet berth, but he overcame the disappointment and procured a one and a half acre plot from his own resources to construct houses for the poor.
The visit of Sonia has already got the bureaucracy racing. Elderly people, who till now had been running from pillar to post to get their monthly old age pensions, are now finding officials knocking at their door steps. The officials have added a fresh list of 179 beneficiaries to the existing list of 173. “There would be no one left in the village without a pucca house,” Transport Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana and local MLA G. Venkat Reddy, who reviewed the arrangements being made at the village on Thursday, told reporters. Arrangements were also being made to distribute cheques of Rs.25 lakh to 75 village self help groups. Road rollers were working overtime in preparing all the internal roads and widening them to accommodate cars and other vehicles. Gravel was being laid on all the roads and rolled to get a smooth surface.