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Priority for fee-reimbursement scheme: Rosaiah

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said that funds for the post-matric scholarships and fee-reimbursement scheme will be released on priority basis by slowing down other welfare schemes if required.

Addressing the Khammam district review meeting attended by MLAs, MLCs, MPs from the district here on Friday, the Chief Minister said the basic objective of the district review meetings was to get feed back on implementation of welfare schemes and whether the benefits were reaching the deserving people.

The Khammam district review meeting was postponed three times earlier due to various emergency situations.

Mr. Rosaiah said priority would be given to clear the accumulated dues along with the current year funds under the fee-reimbursement scheme and post- matric scholarships. A Cabinet sub-committee was already appointed to ensure that the purpose of the scheme was not defeated.

Admitting that Jalayagnam was an ambitious programme, he said completion of irrigation projects thus would take time. He recalled that even projects like Nagarjunasagar, for which foundation was laid in his childhood, had not been completed as per schedule. “But now we are streamlining our projects and monitoring their progress,” he said.

Ration cards

He disclosed that the verification of 2.04 crore white ration cards on scientific lines had been completed with the objective of screening duplicate and cards issued to the ineligible people. At a time when the price of rice was increasing, the public distribution system should be streamlined to check lapses.

Mr. Rosaiah also invited the legislators to highlight any flaws in the implementation of Rajiv Arogyasri Scheme and other welfare schemes like housing, pensions for rectifying them.

Free power scheme

Referring to free seven hour supply to agriculture sector, he said despite gap in demand and generation of power, government purchased power even by paying Rs.12 a unit and did not let even an acre of crop wither away.

Though the State suffered losses due to drought, floods and cyclone, NREGS was handy in creating man days for the poor. The State emerged No.1 in utilising the scheme effectively in the country, he said.

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