Minister stresses optimal utilisation of MPLADS funds
Union Minister of State for Textiles Panabaka Lakshmi exhorted the officials to take steps for speedy and proper implementation of development works sanctioned under MPLADS so that the benefits reached targeted beneficiaries. Necessary action has to be taken on a war-footing and there should be no scope for complacency.
Addressing the district Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting as its chairperson, on Thursday, Ms. Lakshmi said MPLADS funds needed to be optimally utilised so that more funds could be garnered by the Members of Parliament.
The requirements of different sections of people needed to be studied and works planned accordingly and executed in a transparent manner. The people's representatives concerned have to be furnished up-to-date information.
The Minister said Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGP) was the Central Government's flagship scheme envisaged to provide wage employment to poor people. As many works as possible have to be shown to enable them enjoy gainful employment. Officials implementing MGNREGP could shirk from their responsibilities at their own risk.
Sanitation in schools has to be accorded top priority as children's health was to be protected before they became prey to various diseases.
When some members took the pathetic condition of roads in the district, Ms. Lakshmi said she would discuss the matter with Chief Minister and also see that APSRTC operated its entire sanctioned fleet. RTC buses were not operated to several villages due to bad roads.
Collector B. Ramanjaneyulu said implementation of various schemes was being closely monitored and action taken against the derelict officers and staff. There were several instances of contractors stopping works for want of clearance of pending bills. This was a problem that needed a solution at the earliest, he observed.
Zilla Parishad chairperson K. Vijaya, MLCs Singam Basavapunnaiah, Nannapaneni Raja Kumari and K.S. Lakshman Rao, MLAs P. Pulla Rao, Y. Venkateswara Reddy, K. Kamala, GVSR Anjaneyulu and others were present.