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Focus on drinking water, says Minister

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Minister for Cooperation and Employment R. Venkata Reddy and Government chief whip Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka observing the horticultural exhibits in Khammam at the concluding meeting of Praja Patham (Right) A PDSU activist who tried to obstruct the convoy of the Minister being taken away by the police.
Minister for Cooperation and Employment R. Venkata Reddy and Government chief whip Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka observing the horticultural exhibits in Khammam at the concluding meeting of Praja Patham (Right) A PDSU activist who tried to obstruct the convoy of the Minister being taken away by the police.

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Majority of 14,135 petitions are water supply related

KHAMMAM: The Minister for Cooperation and Employment, R. Venkata Reddy said the representations pertaining to drinking water supply would be attended on priority. Speaking at the rededication programme that marked the culmination of the Praja Patham exercise here on Saturday, he informed that some 14,135 petitions were received in the gram sabhas and a majority of them were representations for augmentation of drinking water supply.

The Minister wanted the official machinery to look into the representations promptly. Availability of funds should not be an excuse as the government had sanctioned Rs. 1 crore to every Assembly constituency in the district. The scarcity conditions in the district were appalling. Major water supply sources for the district such as the Palair balancing reservoir were filled up by getting water from the Nagarjunasagar project.

He said that the engineering officials were expected to make field visits, meet the people and understand their pressing problems and attend on them without delay. Every effort was being made to provide the 100 days employment to as many people as possible covering all the needy under the NREGS. The building workers would also be covered under the employment guarantee scheme along with insurance benefits at a low premium of Rs 50.

The Government Chief Whip, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka said in his address that that the praja padham, which took off on April 19, helped in reaching out the people and understanding their problems.

A majority of the issues represented were solved in the grama sabhas.

Those left unresolved would be looked into within a month. He emphasised the need for a contingency plan to meet the scarcity conditions. The government had been allocating funds to the various departments in a big way and they should be utilised well on time.

The District Collector, N. Nageswara Rao explained that the Praja Patham programme was successfully implemented in some 770 gram panchayat and 165 municipal wards.

The government had released Rs. 13 crores for augmenting the drinking water supply in the district. Moves were afoot for clearing pending bills for the Indiramma house already completed within 10 days. Such houses would get the power supply well before June 30 next. The district had got Rs. 300 crores for the implementation of the NREGS works. The administration intended to take up works such as renovation of tanks and removal silt.

Assets worth Rs. 7 crores were distributed jointly by the Minister and the chief whip to some 3,067 beneficiaries.

They also handed over cheques for Rs. 29 lakhs to the self help groups toward the bank linkage and Rs. 19.8 lakhs towards the loan assistance under the “Pavala Vaddi” scheme.


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