`Land development plan in the offing'

NIZAMABAD, AUG. 21. The district Collector, D.V. Rayudu, has announced that the administration will formulate a land development plan for the upliftment of the landless poor.

<167,2p,1>He said NABARD had allocated Rs. 15 crores to the district under the Rural Infrastructure and Development Fund (RIDF) and efforts would be made to provide irrigation facilities to an additional 20,000 acres. Explaining details to the Rural Development Commissioner, K. Raju, through a video- conference here this evening, he said an extent of 1.5 lakh acres of land had been distributed to the landless poor in the district so far.

The fund allocated under the RIDF would be appropriated to develop assigned and cultivable land.