Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The government is considering raising the subsidy allowed on purchase of drip irrigation equipment by farmers.

At present, a 90 per cent subsidy is being allowed on these equipment subject to a maximum of Rs. 50,000. However, in case of SC and ST farmers, the entire equipment is provided free of cost.

Replying to a question raised in the Assembly on Thursday by S. Shailajanath (Congress), Agriculture Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy said additional subsidy was already being allowed if the purchased micro irrigation equipment covered specified crops like mango depending on the extent of acreage.

Responding another question tabled by P. Mahender Reddy (TDP), Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju announced that a project was finalised based on a survey conducted recently to provide road connectivity and drinking water to all thandas in the plain areas of the State.

Roads and other facilities would be provided to them at a cost of Rs. 700 crore under NREGP.

Revenue Minister D. Prasada Rao told N. Sesha Reddy (Congress) that there was no plan with the State government to alter the boundary limits of panchayats, mandals and revenue divisions as a ban was in force on such changes now. Answering a question raised by B. Durga Prasad (TDP) Municipal Administration Minister A. Ramanarayan Reddy ruled out the possibility of implementing an underground drainage system for Gudur in Nellore district on the ground that the quantity of water presently supplied in the town was inadequate to go ahead with such project.