There is a need to maintain transparency in providing financial assistance to unemployed youth and women, said zilla parishad chairman Kukkala Nageswara Rao, here on Saturday. He was addressing the governing body meeting of the District Rural Development Authority (DRDA).He observed that crores of rupees were sanctioned every year for the benefit of women and youth and therefore transparency should be maintained in every programme. As per the 2009-10 action plan, the budget was Rs 3.79 crore and up to Rs 2.49 crore had been spent on training the unemployed youth till now, he said.

District Collector Peeyush Kumar said that, the district was in second place in the state in the implementation of programmes for women by the DRDA.“Extra efforts will be made to extend assistance for women in the ‘Pavala vaddi' scheme and to provide old age pensions for eligible persons aged above 65,” he said.

The Collector instructed the DRDA officials to publicise welfare schemes and stressed the involvement of the local body representatives for the success of any program, he said.

MLC Y. Rajendra Prasad, MLAs Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, T. Prabhakara Rao, DRDA project director J.Shiva Srinivas and others were present at the meeting.

DRDA governing body meeting conducted