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Standard schedule rate hiked

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ANANTAPUR, MARCH 25. The district administration has hiked the standard schedule rate (SSR) to Rs. 40 from the existing Rs. 27 and Rs. 29 for normal and hard soil areas. This will benefit labourers engaged in the wage employment works taken up as part of the drought relief measures. The Anantapur district Collector, Y.V. Anuradha, said on Thursday that the SSR had been hiked to Rs. 39 for the drought relief works last year. As per the old rates, labourers were getting Rs. 40 to 60 (men) and Rs. 20 to 30 (women) for six hours of work. The new rate would ensure Rs. 50 to 70 per day for men and would apply to all works from March 1.

The officials concerned have been directed to measure the work completed till February 29 with the old SSR and at Rs. 40 from March 1. Stating that the district administration projected Rs. 280 crores as requirement for undertaking drought relief measures during the next three months, she said wage employment works were sanctioned with Rs. 6.67 crores. Of the 1,627 works sanctioned, 1,090 were grounded and 418 completed. The cost of completed works was Rs. 1.72 crores.

Works like canal excavation, contour bunding, desiltation of tanks would be undertaken to provide wage employment. Regarding desiltation of tanks she explained that it would be undertaken at the centre point of the tank bed. Labourers would also be paid Rs. 16.80 lead distance charge per every 100 metres for moving silt to the tank bund. A village-wise survey would be taken up to know the drinking water position.

Ms. Anuradha said fodder procurement centres would start purchasing fodder within a couple of days from mandals where it was in surplus. Officials are expecting a procurement of about 2,000 tonnes within the district. The fodder procured would be stored at the procurement points and would be distributed to farmers at 75 per cent subsidy.

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