Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana sought to allay fears of domestic consumers over power tariff hike at Chukkavalasa village in Garividi mandal where he inaugurated ‘Praja Patham' programme on Monday evening. He released the programme brochure on the occasion.

Mr. Satyanarayana said that the enhanced tariff would be effective to consumers who are consuming power more than 100 units and in Chukkavalasa it will not affect any one as the consumption is less than 100 units in each house. He said that the tariff would be effective to only 2000 consumers under Cheepurupalli RECS. He inaugurated gram panchayat building costing Rs. 10 lakhs and sanctioned five tap points and two borewells for the village. These would become functional in one month. The Minister after reviewing MNREGP works with officials said that each labour engaged under the scheme could earn Rs. 137 for eight hours' work besides Rs. 5 as bonus.

He said that the objective of Praja Padham was to address problems of people during this season.

Saying that SHGs would be sanctioned interest-free loans, Mr. Satyanarayana gave away cheque for Rs. 97,277 as arrears under pavala vaddi scheme to 20 SHGs. Earlier, the Minister laid the foundation stone for Rs.1.25-crore Kasturiba Gandhi Gurukul School at Sangodimetta village. Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah, DCMS Chairperson K.V. Suryanarayana Raju and others were present.