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Welfare agenda: Excise Minister J. Rammohan Rao at the Indiramma Sambaralu programme in Dowleswaram on Sunday. —
Welfare agenda: Excise Minister J. Rammohan Rao at the Indiramma Sambaralu programme in Dowleswaram on Sunday. —

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He participates in Indiramma Sambaralu

Some 1.20 lakh pink cards to be converted into white cards, says Collector

Over 10,000 treated under Arogyasri so far in district, he says

Rajahmundry: Some 1.20 lakh pink cards will be converted into white cards in the district, says district Collector Gopala Krishna Dwivedi.

Participating in the Indiramma Sambaralu at Dowleswaram on Sunday, he said that the conversion was necessitated due to increase in income limit for obtaining white ration cards. This was in addition to 12 lakh white cards existing in the district.

The Collector said that under the third phase of the Indiramma scheme, some 2.07 lakh new beneficiaries would be sanctioned houses.

Mr. Dwivedi said that the enhanced pension of Rs. 500 to physically challenged persons would be given from December. Under Rajiv Udyogasri, it was targeted to provide employment to 37,000 youths as against the target of 27,000 the previous year. Training programme for the selected candidates would commence from November 1 and it would be for a period of three months.

Referring to Rajiv Arogyasri, the Collector said that some 10,000 persons were treated under the scheme so far in the district by spending some Rs.35 crores. Minister for Excise Jakkampudi Rammohan Rao, who attended as chief guest, said that the government was committed to the welfare of the poor and neglected. He appealed to the youth to utilise the employment facility being provided through Rajiv Udoygasri programme. The Minister handed over 2,346 pensions to the old, widows and physically challenged persons. He also gave away letters sanctioning houses to 1,208 beneficiaries of Hukumpaeta, Kolamuru and Pidimgoyye villages in Rajahmundry rural mandal.


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