The Minister, speaking after distributing new ration cards to beneficiaries in Subashnagar government school here, said there were 87 lakh ration card holders in the State
Karimnagar: BC Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar on Tuesday said that for the first time in the history, over three lakh new ration cards were bring issued to eligible persons in the State.
The Minister, speaking after distributing new ration cards to beneficiaries in Subashnagar government school here, said there were 87 lakh ration card holders in the State. Though Telangana has a population of four crore, the Centre had allocated only 53 lakh ration cards after State formation. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao issued an additional 35 lakh cards.
Now, the State government has received 4.97 lakh applications for ration cards from the people. Of that, 3,09,083 cards are being issued to beneficiaries. Informing that 1,811 cards are being distributed in Karimnagar urban area, he assured to provide new cards to all eligible persons.
The process of issuing new ration cards is being done in a transparent manner without giving any scope for irregularities.
Earlier, only four kilograms of rice used to be supplied to each person. However, the quantity has been enhanced to six kg. Rice would be supplied to new ration card holders from August.
Talking about increase of cultivation area in the state, the Minister said that earlier, only 8 lakh metric tonnes of paddy was cultivated in the state.
However, it has been enhanced to 92 lakh metric tonnes after the formation of Telangana State.
It was materialised only because of the Chief Minister. In order to turn parched lands into green fields, Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project was constructed. With this, the state has reached a position to provide food to the entire nation within a seven years period.
Stating that there was no shortage for drinking water, he said safe drinking water is being supplied to each house regularly by completing Mission Bhagiratha scheme.
Besides 24 hour current supply to the agriculture sector, Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bima schemes have also been implemented to protect the interests of farmers. Rs 1,00,116 is being provided for the marriage of poor women under Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadhi Mubarak schemes.
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