Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: District Collector B. Venkatesham on Tuesday set a target of disbursing Rs.680 crores to rural SHG groups and Rs.71 crores to the urban groups with an interest rate of 25 paise.

Addressing municipal chairpersons and commissioners at a three-day workshop on IKP scheme, he pointed out that still many destitute persons had been living on roadside due to lack of proper planning. There was a need to launch concerted efforts to strengthen them by integrating them into society. Explaining about the utility of the schemes, he asked the officers to drive home the point that if each group saved for six months, they would be eligible for availing the loan. The banks were ready to give a linkage loan four times the amount saved by the SHG groups, he said. He also asked the officials to motivate women to join some group or the other as that would enable them to lead dignified lives in society and plan their expenditure better. Municipal Administration Regional Director R.D. Karuna Chandra Babu, IKP urban in-charge N. Pramod Kumar, DRDA Project Director V. Ramakrishna Murthy were present.

Supply of fertilizers

Later, speaking at an awareness meeting on the supply of fertilizers held with government and registered agencies, he called upon the agricultural officials to supply complex fertilizers to farmers in the ensuing kharif season. Joint Director of Agriculture P. Ajith Kumar presided over the meeting.