Union Minister of State for Human Resources D. Purandeswari, while expressing satisfaction over the implementation of Centre-sponsored welfare schemes, felt that the total sanitation scheme was not being implemented effectively. She suggested that the officials should create awareness among people at the weekly ‘grama sandarshana' programme and implement the scheme on a war-footing.
At the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting held at DRDA Conference Hall here on Thursday, she reviewed total sanitation, MGNREGP, National Social Assistance Programme, National Family Benefit Scheme, Indira Awas Yojana etc.
She was informed that 20,000 units sanctioned under IAY for SC/STs were not grounded at all due to low unit cost and urged her to enhance the unit cost from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 75,000 keeping in view the rising prices of iron and cement. With regard to bank linkages, she said that no one would borrow from micro finance institutions if the linkages were extended promptly. On old age pensions, Lok Sabha member Botcha Jhansi Lakshmi informed her that due to disparity in age proof some women were not receiving pensions. The Union Minister suggested medical intervention to establish the fact.
Zilla Parishad Chairperson B. Chandrasekhar, Congress MLAs Botcha Appala Narasaiah, B. Appala Naidu, P. Rajanna Dora, S. Jaya Mani and Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao, Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah, and district officials were present.