Staff Reporter

Minister warns officials against misleading people

Says the easy way to get cards is to visit a DPL centreBogus and benami cards would be weeded outState committed to saving standing crops

DHARMAVARAM: Minister for Agriculture and Civil Supplies N. Raghuveera Reddy has cautioned the people against approaching middlemen for issue of ration cards, as the Government has been issuing cards to every household as per their eligibility.

Speaking at a gram sabha organised as part of Praja Patham at Bathalapalli on Friday he cautioned the people that middlemen would only deceive them, and not help get them ration cards. The easy way to get cards was to visit a designated photo lamination (DPL) centre and give the iris images of all family members, he said. By paying Rs. 40 per card, the families would get new cards on the spot.

There were nine lakh ration cards in the district against eight lakh houses. Bogus and benami cards would be weeded out in the present process of issuing cards with iris images, he said. The minister warned the officials and also middlemen against deceiving people.

Power supply

During the interaction with people, a majority of the gathering had one single complaint about erratic power supply to the farm sector as well as households. He attributed the problem to technical snags in the thermal power stations and the increased demand. However, the Government had been purchasing Rs. 5 crore worth power every night from Gujarat for supplying it to farm sector.

The next fortnight would be crucial with regard to power supply as the standing crops would be harvested by then. The Government was committed to saving the standing crops at any cost, the Minister reiterated.

Capacitors

He also urged the farmers to get capacitors fixed to their pumpsets by the month-end to avail of the free power. The capacitors were available with the DCMS at a cost of Rs. 300 and Rs. 350. He also asked the farmers using illegal connections to get them regularised by the month-end.

Participating in Praja Patham in Pedda Pappur and Pedda Vadugur mandals, Minister for Panchayat Raj and Endowments J.C. Diwakar Reddy urged the farmers to understand the problems of the Government and get the capacitors fixed to pumpsets. He sought to know what was the problem in fixing capacitors, when they could buy stabilisers for household gadgets like television sets, refrigerators and others.

At Kummeta village, the minister disbursed cheques for Rs. 2.89 cr. to 95 farmers of four villages, whose 336 acres land was acquired for Yadiki branch canal works. Farmers of another four villages would get the compensation soon, he assured.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson G. Thippeswamy, Anantapur MP A. Venkatarami Reddy, District Collector Y.V. Anuradha and others also participated.