Special Correspondent

Schemes drawn up for eight extremism-affected districts

Collector favours creation of a price stabilization fund

Contingency plan costing Rs 8.22 crores to augment drinking water prepared

KHAMMAM: The administration hopes to enter the year on a positive note with proposals for developmental schemes getting an indication of Rs 1,000 crores in departments covered by the special project sought to be implemented in the left wing extremism affected areas, according to the District Collector, V. Usharani on Wednesday. Addressing a news conference here she said that the tribal pockets in the district would be largely benefited under the initiative. Khammam is one of 33 districts selected in eight states for the implementation of the project.

She informed that the Integrated Development Agency (ITDA) had chalked out a special programme for development of the tribal pockets in the sub-plan area with an outlay of Rs 323 crores and it was posed for the assistance of the Central Government. She explained that Khammam was the first district to get the programme approved. The government had accorded sanction of Rs 200 crores in the first phase for the implementation of the programme. Factors contributing to the extremist problem would be addressed.

The Collector favoured creation of a price stabilization fund to encourage vegetable cultivation by providing kitchen garden kits.

Prices of vegetables went up considerable because of various factors. She said an action plan would be prepared to meet the bulk requirement of vegetables in the months to come. Steps were taken to control the prices of essential commodities also. An advance plan of action was prepared to ensure power supply for the farmers growing irrigated dry crops in the Rabi season.

She informed that a contingency plan costing Rs 8.22 crores to augment drinking water was prepared. Since drinking water supply was of top priority, the government was requested to release the amount immediately enabling the agencies concerned to initiate special measures to sustain the water supply till June 2010.

The Wyra reservoir would be filled up at least one time before the closure of the Nagarjuna sagar left canal. The project had been the main source for the protected water schemes in the villages of its command.

Input subsidy

Rabi crops raised in an extent of 24,000 acres under the Wyra reservoir should be also saved by ensuring the crucial wetting which could be possible only by filling up the reservoir.

An amount of Rs 6.22 crores was released by the government towards input subsidy for the drought hit farmers. But the amount could not be released due to treasury restrictions. Besides this, the district was yet to an amount of Rs 41 .7 crores which was already released.

The Collector also said that the transplantation of paddy was affected under the Nagarjuna Sagar left canal. The farmers from areas where in rabi crore was permitted had been making representations on the issue. Though the left canal was designed to take a discharge of 5000 cusecs, the volume of flow in the canal was in the order of 4000 cusecs. Water supply was being made by introducing the Warabandi scheme.