ANDHRA PRADESH

JVV `jatha' to publicise new programme

VIJAYAWADA, MARCH 11. The Jana Vignana Vedika (JVV) in association with the State Rural Development Department will depute `kala jathas' to educate the rural poor on the salient features of the new food for work programme to be launched in eight drought-affected districts of the State to ensure that they utilize the scheme effectively.

The Central Government, according to the Vedika, has identified Adilabad, Rangareddy, Nalgonda, Mahboobnagar, Cuddapah, Anantapur, Khammam and Warangal for implementation of the programme under the supervision of the respective District Collectors. The new scheme is aimed at providing food security to the poor in the drought-prone districts that were identified on the basis of several factors including the agricultural productivity and daily wages to farm labour.

As many as 40 jathas of the Vedika - five in each district - would organise cultural programmes like streetplays, dramas and playlets for educating the people on the various aspects of the new scheme like modalities of implementation, eligibility criterion and the kind of works that would be taken up, the Vedika's State vice-president, Jampa Krishna Kishore, said in a press release.