NATIONAL

'Release funds due to Andhra Pradesh'

NEW DELHI OCT. 5. The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, today met the Union Rural Development Minister, Shanta Kumar, and requested him to expedite release of funds due to the State under various central schemes.

Mr. Naidu, apprised the Minister of the drought conditions prevailing in the State which had led to acute shortage of drinking water. He sought Central assistance for employment generation programmes and drinking water schemes such as watershed programmes and sinking of borewells.

Mr. Kumar is understood to have expressed the view that the Centre would make efforts by way of release of second installment due to the State under centrally-sponsored schemes.

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