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500 acres of SC land to be developed
Mandapet MLA alleges lapses in ration card verification
KAKINADA: Social Welfare Minister Pilli Subhash Chandrabose on Sunday asked the officials of all departments to spend 16.2 per cent of the funds released by the government on the welfare of scheduled castes without fail.
Addressing the general body of the Zilla Parishad here, Mr. Subhash Chandrabose said that though the guidelines from the Planning Commission stated that each and every department must allocate 16.2 per cent of the funds for SC welfare, there were complaints from several quarters that the funds were not being spent properly.
He asked SC Corporation Executive Director Mahipal to convene a meeting with all the elected representatives from the district to discuss the issue at length.
He said that plans were afoot to develop 500 acres of land of the SCs under the Community Land Development Programme in the district. He asked the officials to identify lands for the purpose.
Referring to a complaint from Mandapet MLA Vegulla Jogeswara Rao and others stating that genuine beneficiaries were losing their ration cards during the process of verification, the Minister said that the issues could be sorted out by submitting the details of the genuine beneficiaries to the officials concerned.
Zilla Parishad Chairman Ch. Venugopala Krishna, who chaired the meeting, said that a fortnight-long awareness campaign on health and sanitation would be conducted in the district from August 30. He wanted all the elected representatives to take part in the campaign.
Answering the questions posed by Amalapuram MP G.V. Harsha Kumar, MLAs Pamula Rajeswari and Parvatha Satyanarayana Murthy on public health, district Collector M. Ravi Chandra said that doctor posts in hospitals, dispensaries and primary health centres would be filled very soon through a notification. Mr. Harsha Kumar felt that a review meet should be conducted on the sale of liquor in the district.
Rajahmundry MP Undavilli Arun Kumar, Rural Water Supply Minister P. Viswarup, MLAs Raja Ashok Babu, Tota Narasimham, Rapaka Vara Prasad, Ponnada Satish Kumar and others were present.
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