Tricolour hoisted on government offices on the occasion of Republic Day

Collector V. Durga Das said that special attention is being given to the problems of farmers and a long-term strategy is being prepared to address their concerns.

Speaking after unfurling the tricolour at the Police Parade grounds on Thursday, on the occasion of the Republic Day, he said that the district administration had disbursed funds to the tune of Rs. 245 crore, as input subsidy for the farmers of the district.

The farmers who lost crops due to natural calamities during 2010-11 would benefit directly from the interest waiver of more than Rs.54 crore. He also said that the district administration was to be commended for its active collaboration with bankers in the district ensuring that the largest sum of crop loans to the tune of Rs.2,135 crore were given to farmers collectively for kharif and rabi for 2011-12.

On the occasion, the Collector disbursed Rs.18.30 lakh to 46 members of the BC community and a cheque of Rs.10.06 crore was given to the SHGs. The Municipal Corporation tableau on increasing awareness on the ideal ways of waste disposal won the first prize.

Input subsidy sought

Kurnool Special Correspondent writes: Collector Ramsankar Naik has said a proposal was made to the government for a requirement of Rs.144 crore as input subsidy to the drought-affected farmers.

Addressing the 63rd Republic Day function at the Parade Grounds here on Thursday, he said crops in 3.14 lakh hectares were destroyed on account of dry spell in 54 mandals. So far, Rs 280 crore was disbursed as against a target of Rs. 400 crore.

The Collector said serious efforts were being made to provide additional income to farmers who were affected by drought year after year. An amount of Rs. 4.17 crore was allotted for setting up of 207 mini-dairies and buying 607 milch cattle. Dairy was considered a potential activity that helped farmers to sustain in a critical period.

The Collector distributed assets under various schemes to the beneficiaries. Twenty three safai workers were sanctioned houses.

Rabi crop in 5 lakh acres

Nellore Staff Reporter writes: Colourful cultural programmes and impressive tableaux by various departments marked the Republic Day parade held at the Police Parade Grounds here on Thursday.

Collector B. Sridhar inspected the Guard of Honour presented by the Police Department. .

Addressing the participants, Mr. Sridhar listed out various developmental and welfare programmes being implemented by the government He informed that plans were ready for providing facilities to cultivate crops in 5 lakh acres in rabi season in the district this season.

For enabling farmers to go ahead with full-scale cultivation this season, the administration has already made available 1.9 lakh metric tones of urea, DAP and other fertilizers while efforts were on to arrange for the remaining 40,000 metric tones of fertilizer necessary during rabi. Mr. Sridhar said that works worth crores of rupees were completed on the Telugu Ganga Project and also the Kandaleru reservoir for improving the irrigation facilities.

5 gm gold, silver for TTD staff

Tirupati Staff Reporter writes: At the TTD's administrative building, Executive Officer L.V. Subrahmanyam hoisted the national flag and inspected the guard of honour. He gave away 5 gm gold/silver dollars and merit certificates to some employees for their impressive service rendered last year. Member of Parliament Chinta Mohan and other dignitaries were present.

Sri Venkateswara Employees Training Academy (SVETA) Director K.V. Ramakrishna hoisted the flag on their campus. At AP Southern Discom, its Chairman K. Vidyasagar Reddy brought out the company's in-house newsletter ‘Southern Power News'. Rashtriya Seva Samithi (RASS) general secretary G. Muniratnamarrived here from New Delhi to a rousing reception. AP Non-Gazetted Officers Association observed the day at NGO Home, where PCC joint secretary P. Naveenkumar Reddy launched a blood donation and dental camp.

At ANGRAU's Regional Agricultural Research Station, Associate Director of Research K.Raja Reddy hoisted the flag. SVIMS Director B.Vengamma hoisted the flag TTD's SPW college senior academic V.S. Jyoti Kumari hoisted the flag. Lions Club of Tirupati president P. Sulochana distributed fruits to inmates of Navajeevan Eye Hospital . Sri Venkata Padmavathi Charitable Trust conducted a medical camp at Kothur.

‘Raise fruit orchards'

Kadapa Special Correspondent writes: Collector V. Anil Kumar exhorted farmers on Thursday to raise fruit orchards in place of conventional crops in the drought-prone Kadapa district and earn income to the tune of lakhs of rupees by adopting horticultural practices such as multi-crop pattern, drip and sprinkler irrigation.

In his Republic Day message here, he advised farmers to take up alternate crops in place of groundnut. One-and-a-half lakh metric tonnes of fertilisers were distributed so far. Crop loans to the tune of Rs.1,082.57 crore were disbursed through banks. Telugu Ganga project would be completed by September this year and works on Galeru Nagari Sujala Sravanthi, Gandikota, Chitravathi balancing reservoir were ongoing.

‘Mee Seva'

Chittoor Correspondent writes: Collector Solomon Arokiaraj has said that 16 services are available through ‘Mee Seva' and more would be added soon through the public delivery system.

He hoisted the tricolour along with Superintendent of Police Kranti Rana Tata.

He gave away President's police medal to Chittoor Crime Inspector K. Reddeppa and medals to District Revenue Officer O. Seshaiah and Deputy Transport Commissioner Basi Reddy.

Superintendent of Police (Tirupati Urban) J.Prabhakar Rao presented merit certificates to DSP Srikalahasti K.Abhishekam, Inspectors B.Narasappa (district special branch) and K.Venkatappa (Tirupati Traffic) in Tirupati.