Adilabad Collector A. Ashok on Thursday said the government was making efforts to wean away youth from extremism by implementing the Integrated Action Plan to curb Left Wing Extremism in the district. He said tribal youth were being trained in different trades and vocations at a cost of Rs. 2.5 crore.

Educational institutions

Hoisting the national flag at the Police Parade Grounds, the Collector said the government had sanctioned nursing and polytechnic colleges for students from interior areas. He said opening of post-matric hostels had come as a great support for youths from remote areas.

Talking about the drinking water problem in the district, Mr. Ashok said water would be transported to villages where the scarcity of water could be acute during summer.

Proposals had been readied to supply water to 722 villages at a cost of Rs. 89 lakh, he said.

Yellampalli project

Works for storage of water at the ambitious Sripada Yellampalli project being constructed across river Godavari would be completed by June this year, said Karimnagar Collector Smita Sabharwal.

She said that the remaining works of the project would be expedited to ensure that the water was lifted to the NTPC power project to meet its requirement for power generation, and the Manthani region for providing irrigation facilities. She said that the execution of the Mid Manair Dam would be resumed very soon as the tenders process was completed recently.

‘Amma Lalana'

Claiming that the ambitious ‘Amma Lalana' programme launched to reduce mother and infant mortality rates was yielding good results, Ms. Smita Sabharwal said that the primary health centres, which had never ever performed deliveries, were now doing so and also closely monitoring the health of mother and child.

She said that the ‘Indira, a blooming bud', programme launched to check anaemia among the adolescent girls would be intensified to provide medical assistance to all the girls studying in government schools.

Collector D. Varaprasad hoisted the national flag on the Police Parade Grounds, while the District Principal and Sessions Judge A. Nava Mohan Rao unfurled the flag at the District Court Complex. The Collector said the ‘Rachabanda' and the ‘Revenue Sadassus' were undertaken to mitigate the problems confronted by the people and farming community.

Freedom fighters feted

Collector Rahul Bojja hoisted the national flag and reviewed the special parade presented by the police, NCC cadets and students of various educational institutions. He gave away appreciation certificates to the employees of various departments and NGOs in recognition of their services.

Later, the Collector inaugurated an exhibition of photographs featuring important events in the district. Freedom fighters were honoured on the eve by the district administration.

Lift schemes

Efforts were being put to provide water to 2.33 lakh acres through four major lift irrigation projects in Mahabubnagar district during kharif 2012-13 year, Collector M. Purushotham Reddy said.

He said four major lift irrigation projects were being taken up with a cost of about Rs. 8,000 crore to provide water to an additional eight lakh acres in the district.

Of the total estimated cost, already Rs. 5,600 crore was spent, he said. Mr. Reddy said that due to severe drought, crops were damaged in over 5.54 hectares and the estimated loss was put at Rs. 267.18 crore.

Proposals had already been sent to the government requesting sanction of input subsidy, he said.

To mitigate drinking water problem in the ensuing summer season, the Collector said 496 drinking water works had been being taken up with a cost of Rs. 13 crore. Over 300 works were already completed till date to provide safe drinking water to 543 villages through 32 integrated drinking water schemes, he explained.

To arrest migration problem, Mr. Reddy said employment had been provided to 2.45 lakh families by spending an amount of Rs. 162 crore under the employment guarantee scheme.