ANDHRA PRADESH

Mobile outlets to supply essentials to tribals

Staff Reporter

BHADRACHALAM: Mobile outlets would be introduced soon for distribution of essential commodities in the tribal pockets, said District Collector V. Usha Rani on Tuesday. Addressing a meeting of the officials of the GCC and different other departments here, she said that distribution of the essential commodities through the mobile outlets at the weekly tribal shandies would be a great help for the people living in the remote and hill top habitations.

She wanted an effective system to be in place for streamlining the public distribution system in the sub plan area.

The Collector also said that the GCC would go in for construction of some 63 new depots and eight godowns in the district this year.

The government had already released Rs 2.68 crores for the construction of new godowns depots and the upkeep of the existing ones.

She said that about Rs 40 lakhs would be spent for repairs on the existing depots and Rs 8 lakhs for repairs on 12 godowns.

She wanted the engineering officials to come up with as new and flawless design for construction of the godowns and depots.

She wanted that the GCC depots strengthened and services improved.

If necessary the tribal youths and the self help groups could be engaged to meet the man power requirements in the sub plan area. The tribal communities were depending very much on the GCC for marketing minor forest produce they collect from their surroundings as well as to procure their needs.

The whole exercise was aimed at providing them with services sans exploitation.

TDA project officer A. Sharat also took part.