Correspondent

Rural welfare programme to be taken up on pilot basis

MAHABUBNAGAR: Mahabubnagar was the only district selected for implementation of `Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA)' in the entire State and the Department of Agriculture will be geared up to implement it effectively, according to district Collector V. Usha Rani.

She was addressing a meeting convened by ANGRAU and Regional Agriculture Research Station (RARS) at Palem village in the district here on Monday. She said that one of the most backward mandals in the district would be selected for implementation of PURA on an experimental basis.

The Collector asked the RARS, Palem to depute a team of its students to the villages to interact with farmers and know the ground realities and problems being faced by them and to prepare an action plan for overcoming them.

Services of NGOs

She also called for utilisation of services of NGOs, which will coordinate the officials, scientists and farmers in the selected mandal to implement the programme more effectively.

She said PURA was the brainchild of President Abdul Kalam and with the suggestions of public representatives one mandal in the district will be selected for taking up PURA.

Ms. Usha Rani also informed that a preliminary workshop would be conducted with officials, bankers, scientists and public representatives to create awareness about the programme.

Dr. Raghava Reddy, Director of Research, in his presidential address said that hundred districts were selected in the country for implementation of PURA.

He said that to impart scientific knowledge to farmers, scientists would be deputed to villages every week.

Dean of agriculture university Sudarshan Reddy, director of extension services L. Giri Rao also spoke.