Staff Reporter

14 districts in State selected for implementation of scheme

The scheme to ensure 100 days of wage work for needy familiesThree to five lakh people from Anantapur migrate to urban areas every lean seasonDCCs to visit villages from January 27 to February 12 to enlist problems

ANANTAPUR: President of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) K. Keshava Rao on Friday said that mere legislation would not solve problems but success in their intended objectives purely depended on implementation. The credit of ensuring right to work to the poor, however, would go to the Congress Government, he claimed.

He was referring to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP) to be launched on February 2 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at P. Bandlapalli village in Narpala mandal of Anantapur district. He said that the proposal to ensure right to work was being pursued since Nehru era but it had failed to take a definite shape till recently.

He said Congress workers would create awareness among people on the new scheme and to make it a success by involving needy families, he said. The APCC had already directed the DCCs to go to the people in rural areas to popularise the programme, he said at a press conference here.

He said the NREGP would be a blessing for Anantapur district, where about three to five lakhs of people migrated to urban areas in every lean season. Only regular wage work would check migration, he felt.

In all, 460 districts in the country including 14 in the State had been selected for the scheme. In Anantapur district, all 1,005-gram panchayats would be covered under the scheme, which would guarantee at least 100 days of wage employment to every needy family.

Mr. Keshava Rao termed it as an unprecedented and gigantic effort, saying that it had no precedent anywhere in the world

On `Indiramma', the APCC president said all villages in the State would be provided with 18 indicators of development, as listed by the UN, in three years. The DCCs would visit villages from January 27 to February 12 in the name of `Praja Bheri' to enlist problems so that they could be included in the Indiramma scheme, he noted.