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Industries to be involved in creating Swachh A.P.: Naidu

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu cutting a cake on the eve of Christmas during the Swachh Sattenapalli programme at Sattenapalli in Guntur district on Wednesday. —Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar  

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said in the endeavour to create Swachh Andhra Pradesh, he would involve industries for improving sanitary conditions with corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds in villages.

Efforts would be made to rope in agencies such as Sulabh International for getting toilet complexes wherever needed.

Addressing a public meeting after launching Swachh Sattenapalli programme here, Mr. Naidu said some mandals in Guntur district were close to achieving cent per cent compliance with the Individual Sanitary Latrines (ISLs) scheme, which he named as ‘Aatma Gowravam’.

The Chief Minister reiterated his commitment to make agriculture profitable and through mechanisation and by reducing expenditure which would alleviate the plight of debt-ridden farmers.

Power would not be an issue any more as the government was prepared to buy it from outside even if it cost more while augmenting the electricity infrastructure on its own.  More than 90 per cent of farmers in the State were burdened by debts according to a survey done by the National Sample Survey Organisation compared to the national average of 52 per cent. This reflected the poor handling of agriculture sector by successive Congress governments, Mr. Naidu remarked. 

Eight new 400 KVA sub-stations would be set up in the coming years at Chilakaluripet (Guntur district), Chittoor, Garividi (Vizianagaram), Gudivada (Krishna), Kadapa, Podili (Prakasam), Tekkali (Srikakulam district) and a ring-fenced one near the capital, he said.  The State would be free from power cuts in the near future and electricity would be made available at affordable tariff. The State government was actively working on establishment of a fibre optic network, a grid covering the entire State, to take broadband connectivity to remote villages.

Earlier, Mr. Naidu inaugurated a 400/220 KV sub-station which together with the transmission lines cost Rs. 230 crore. Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao and Ministers Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu and Pratthipati Pulla Rao were among those present.

‘Focus will be on improving sanitary conditions with CSR funds in villages’