ANDHRA PRADESH

Zilla Parishad meeting discusses road-laying works

Staff Reporter

Official told to identify works in a week so that funds sanctioned do not lapse

NIZAMABAD: Zilla Parishad general body meeting held here on Saturday asked the Superintending Engineer (Panchayat Raj) to identify road-laying works valuing Rs.3.70 crores in a week so that funds sanctioned under Rural Roads Maintenance Programme (RRM) did not lapse.

Earlier, members unanimously agreed to a suggestion made by Bajireddy Govardhan, Banswada MLA, that all ZPTC members cutting across party lines should co-operate with each other for using funds under the RRM to improve road conditions in their respective areas.

People were of the view that the funds were either being unutilised or being misappropriated, said the MLA.

V. Mohan Reddy, TDP floor leader, alleged that the farming community in the district was burdened with an additional Rs.50 crore debt as the Cooperative Department failed to respond promptly to the Central Government's decision to reschedule the payment of farm loans and waive interest. In his reply, District Cooperative Officer Ramakrishna promised that steps would be taken immediately to do justice to the farmers after discussing the subject at the District Cooperative Central Bank's board of directors meeting.

Collector I.S. Sri Naresh said the administration was ready to sanction houses to new beneficiaries under Indiramma Model Villages Scheme if they would come forward.

He gave this assurance when Mr. Govardhan brought to his notice that those who lost houses, as they were not able to commence the construction work on time, were coming forward again.