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Community health workers, Anganwadi workers to be posted in all places

Meeting reviews housing, roads, drinking water, electricity, land and livelihood

Need for organising women into self-help groups in all habitations underscored

KURNOOL: Collector Mukesh Kumar Meena and other officials made a comprehensive review of lifestyle of Chenchus and the infrastructure available in their habitations (gudems) here on Tuesday.

Collector asked the Civil Supplies department to issue coupons for rice and other items to the ITDA project officer for distribution to the Chenchus. The officials reviewed the conditions in 41 gudems falling under Kurnool district. The meeting noted that four hamlets were yet to be electrified and decided to immediately illuminate those habitations.

The meeting underscored the need for organising the women into self-help groups in all habitations and educate them about personal hygiene, nutrition and positive health aspects. The health and women and child welfare departments were asked to post community health workers and Anganwadi workers to all places.

The Collector felt that women should be brought into the fold of self-help group network for a positive intervention. The meeting reviewed the aspects of housing, roads, drinking water, electricity, land and livelihood. The Project Officer M.M. Naik told the Collector the Chenchu families were asking for construction of 1,030 houses. In the hamlets, 105 borewells were functioning normally while 65 were defunct.

Collector asked the officials to make use of the Rural Water Supply Scheme and other programmes for ensure drinking water supply to Chenchugudems.

The DRDA was paying 1,244 pensions while the plea of 144 people was pending. The meeting decided to monitor on regular basis the work in Chenchu villages.