Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar has directed Panchayat Development Officers (PDOs) to keep vigil on migration of agricultural labourers to bigger cities.

He told presspersons here on Wednesday that PDOs had been told to check villages coming under their jurisdiction and report the situation regularly to the district administration.

He said there had been instances of people migrating from the district in search of employment.

However, details of the number of people who had migrated was not immediately available, he said.

Mr. Kumar said migration could be stopped by utilising funds available under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).

With the decision of the government to increase daily wages to Rs. 174 a day, employment could be generated in rural areas, he said.

PDOs have been told to dissuade people from migrating to urban areas, Mr. Kumar said.

To a question, he said the fodder situation in the district was satisfactory and the existing stock would last for 14 weeks.

As precautionary measure, interstate movement of fodder has been banned. Check-posts in the borders of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have been told to ensure strict implementation of the ban, he added.

  • ‘Migration can be stopped by utilising funds under MNREGA’

  • ‘Fodder situation in the district is satisfactory’