I&PR Press Release

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30 July 2011
Chief Minister’s Office

20:15 IST
Hyderabad, July 30: The Chief Minister Sri N Kiran Kumar Reddy has decided to launch the massive programme of ‘Indira Jala Prabha' in all the 294 Assembly segments in the State at a time to benefit five lakh below poverty line SC and ST families on October 2nd, the birth anniversary of Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The Chief Minister reviewed the MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme) and Indira Jala Prabha schemes with the Finance Minister Sri. Anam Ramnarayan Reddy, Minister for Rural Development, Manikya Vara Prasad, Principal Secretary for Rural Development, Sri Reddy Subramanyam and Principal Secretary, Finance, Sri Premchandra Reddy and other senior officials at the Secretariat on Saturday. The Chief Minister said as part of the new scheme, Rs.1600 crore will be spent to dig bore wells in ten lakh acres belonging to BPL families of SC and ST communities to provide a permanent solution to their livelihood problem. On October 2nd, the scheme will be launched by Ministers, MPs, MLAs and MLCs along with him all over the State, he said. He said a block of ten acres were formed as a 'common interest group’ with the consent of all land owners to implement the Indira Jala Prabha programme. A sum of Rs.1,600 crore will be sourced for the program from NABARD and MGNREGS on a 50 per cent ratio to promote both open wells and bore wells in the fields to provide water for the crops. So far 33,475 such blocks have been identified in 16,742 villages of 895 mandals. The exercise of extended surveys and field assessments have already begun and will be completed by August 4th. The feasibility studies of ground water potential will also be completed in the September 2nd week and works will commence in each block by the end of September. 50 lakh acres to be developed under MGNREGS: Officials informed the Chief Minister that 50 lakh acres would be developed in the state under the MGNREGS to benefit 22 lakh families. Andhra Pradesh had become a role model in land development under the rural employment guarantee scheme in the country, they said. Officials said that of the 50 lakh acres, 20 lakh acres were uncultivable land and 30 lakh acres were low yield land. Of the 20 lakh acres of uncultivable land, 10 lakh acres were being developed under Indira Jala Prabha scheme. A sum of Rs.900 crore has been spent in the last three and half months to develop another 7.24 lakh acres of uncultivable land and six lakh acres of low yield lands. They said that as against a target of Rs.8,000 crore expenditure under the MGNREGS during the current year in the State, a sum of Rs.2000 crore has already been spent. Promotion of tree plantation and irrigation works were taken up in the lands of SCs and STs belonging to BPL families, officials informed. Under the employment guarantee scheme a sum of Rs150 crore is earmarked for a special scheme under Indira Kranti Pathakam to benefit one lakh poor SC and ST families in the state to take up dairy and petty vendor activities. The Chief Minister also emphasised that 50 lakh families working in the MGNREGS were provided insurance coverage on saturation basis under the Aam Admi Bhima Yojana ----------------