Special Correspondent

Decision taken by the Andhra Pradesh State Rural Employment Guarantee Council

  • Minimum support price of Rs 10 per kg offered for procurement of pongamia seeds
  • Officials asked to use NREGP to develop the land assigned to SC/ST beneficiaries and improve their lives

    HYDERABAD: The National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP), being implemented in 16 districts of the State, will be extended to bio-diesel plantations and dovetailed with rural housing.

    A decision to this effect was taken by the Andhra Pradesh State Rural Employment Guarantee Council at a review of the programme here on Friday chaired by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

    Six ministers--D. Srinivas (Rural Development), J. C. Diwakar Reddy (Panchayat Raj), G. Vinod (Labour), N. Raghuveera Reddy (Agriculture), N. Rajyalakshmi (School Education) and S. Vijayarama Raju ( Forests)--were present, apart from senior officials.

    The council took a decision to offer a minimum support price of Rs 10 per kg for procurement of pongamia seeds to encourage plantations in a big way and expressed satisfaction at the implementation so far.

    The Chief Minister asked officials to use the NREGP to develop the land assigned to Scheduled Castes/Tribes beneficiaries and improve their lives. He also suggested works like desilting of tanks and strengthening of their bunds at the rate of one at least in each panchayat. For this, he wanted profiling of the tanks to be prepared first by irrigation officials.

    The meeting decided to extend social audit of the implementation, which was introduced in Anantapur district, to other areas.