Stresses need to save farmers in need of loan and are debt-ridden
Rajahmundry: Special Officer on drought to East Godavari district and Commissioner for IT and Communications Sameer Sarma has asked district officials to implement National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP) in all the 53 drought-hit mandals in the district. Some 90 lakh working days can be created this financial year and wages can be paid immediately after work is executed. Mr. Sameer Sarma, who landed here on Tuesday morning, went to Kalvacharla village in Rajanagaram mandal and interacted with farmers and enquired about NREGP programme and drought related works. Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi, Joint Collector K. Sasidhar and RDO Ch. Vinaya Mohan accompanied him. After visiting Kalvacharla and Rajanagaram headquarters, he conducted review meeting with officials from agriculture, irrigation, electricity, marketing, civil supplies and revenue.
He asked officials to see that Rs.2-a-kg rice was distributed or an equal amount of money given to all agriculture workers. He suggested supply of seed to farmers at subsidised rates keeping in view the rainfall recorded in these mandals. He emphasised taking immediate steps to save farmers who were in need of loans and who were debt-ridden. Mr. Dwivedi said that though the government declared drought-hit areas, the district administration want to review the ground realities and concentrate on dry lands, low-rainfall areas in the district. He clarified that there was no dearth of funds.
Mr. Sasidhar said that they had opened 43 special counters to sell rice. Common variety rice was being sold for Rs.14 and fine variety for Rs.16 and superfine at Rs.20. He also mentioned that red gram was being sold at 3 separate counters for Rs. 62 in the district. He said that they had appointed Food Advisory Committees at the mandal level to review prices of essential commodities. B. Ramarao, Project Director, DRDA, Hanumantha Rao, SE, AP Transco, RDOs Kishore Kumar (Kakinada), M. Jyothi (Rampachodavaram) and Nataraj (Peddapuram) participated.