Special Correspondent

Minister Dharmana visits flood-affected villages

  • Proposals sent to the government for approval
  • Minister assures flood victims of all help
  • ZP chief criticises R&B staff for taking up repairs

    SRIKAKULAM: Minister for Revenue and Relief Dharmana Prasada Rao said on Wednesday that proposals for strengthening the embankments of the Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers with an estimated expenditure of Rs. 350 crores were sent to the Centre.

    The proposals, if implemented, would solve the problem of recurring floods, said the Minister who visited the flood-affected areas in the mandals of Narasannapeta, Jalumuru and Saruvakota.

    He interacted with flood victims and assured them of extending all possible help from the Government.

    At a meeting later, the Minister distributed input subsidy to farmers. Local MLA Dharmana Krishna Das was present.

    Review meet

    Reviewing flood relief works at the Collectorate on Tuesday evening, the Minister enquired about the relief provided to flood victims and asked officials about reports of irregularities.

    "You should give correct figures. Statistical jugglery won't help," said an evidently unhappy Minister.

    Mr. Prasada Rao, who continued the review till late in the night, said: "The Government is prepared to give whatever is required for the rehabilitation of flood victims.

    You must rise to the occasion and ensure that the relief reached the correct person."

    Mr. Prasada Rao said that the Government had sanctioned Rs.2.50 lakhs to the kin of the deceased in the floods.

    Necessary funds for payment of compensation to farmers who lost their crops had also been released.

    The Minister wanted payments be completed in two or three days. This should be done transparently, he said.

    District Collector V.N. Vishnu was present.

    Road network

    Zilla Parishad Chairman Palavalasa Rajasekharam criticized the R&B Department for not taking up repairs to the damaged roads even after two months.

    The road network had been completely damaged in Palakonda division, he said.

    MLA Kondru Murali Mohan pointed out to the delay in construction of houses for tsunami victims and wanted the process be expedited.