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Godavari, Krishna floods led to sand scarcity, says Minister

Agriculture and Krishna District In-Charge Minister K. Kannababu (left) listens to Transport Minister Perni Nani during District Review Meeting at Machilipatnam in Krishna district.

Agriculture and Krishna District In-Charge Minister K. Kannababu (left) listens to Transport Minister Perni Nani during District Review Meeting at Machilipatnam in Krishna district.   | Photo Credit: BYARRANGEMENT

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2.42 lakh farmers in Krishna to get YSR Rythu Bharosa assistance

Agriculture Minister and Krishna district in-charge Minister K. Kannababu on Friday blamed floods in Godavari and Krishna for the sand scarcity in coastal Andhra Pradesh.

“Srisailam project got filled up five times this monsoon, apart from continuous floods in the Krishna and Godavari rivers,” said Mr. Kannababu

Addressing the Zilla Parishad during the District Review Committee (DRC) meeting here, Mr. Kannababu admitted that construction activity and workers engaged in the building industry had been badly affected owing to scarcity of sand in recent months.

Sand from Patta lands

“The State government has swung into action to make sand available by experimenting on allowing collection of sand from Patta lands in Krishna and Godavari districts. Department of Mines and Geology authorities have been directed to ensure fair supply of sand,” said Mr. Kannababu.

On the alleged illegal procurement of sand from stock points, Mr. Kannababu has confirmed: “In all 197 vehicles were found transporting sand illegally and were seized during inspections. However, more sand stock points will be opened soon.”

Mylavaram MLA V. Krishna Prasad sought to open new stock points at Mylavaram and Ibrahimpatnam in Western Krishna district.

Rythu Bharosa

Speaking to newsmen on the sidelines of the DRC, Krishna District Joint Collector K. Madhavilatha announced that all was set to sanction YSR Rythu Bharosa of ₹12,500 to 2.42 lakh eligible farmers on October 15.

“The financial assistance will be deposited into the accounts of the farmers on October 15. The details of over 3.75 lakh farmers have been verified for eligibility. Mismatch of data with the Aadhaar data, absence of registration in the pulse survey are prime reasons for excluding farmers from the financial assistance. Those excluded in the first phase will be contacted after October 15 to examine their eligibility,” said Ms. Madhavilatha, accompanied by Transport Minister P. Nani.

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