Hyderabad: The State government was awaiting a report from Nabard on ideal locations for setting up of additional godowns in the State, Marketing, Irrigation and Legislative Affairs Minister T Harish Rao informed the Assembly on Monday.
He also assured the House during the Question Hour that the government would construct godowns for storing agricultural produce in the new mandals based on their requirement. “It is important to have godowns but it is also important as to how they are put to good use,” the Minister said.
He was replying to a question from TRS members Challa Dharma Reddy and Guvvala Balaraju on construction of godowns in the newly created mandals.
He said the government had asked the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) to study the requirement for new godowns based on cropping patterns and potential produce levels in the State. He said Nabard was also asked to look at where additional cold storages and food processing units can be located to be of best possible service to farmers.
The government had spent Rs 818.14 crore for creating 18.30 lakh tonne of storage space.
These godowns were built across the State and there had been no cherry-picking of sites based on which political party member represents a particular constituency, Harish Rao said. In all, 185 new godowns were rented out to the Civil Supplies Department and Markfed among other State government agencies. Since the rental is lower than what the Centrally-owned godown space costs, these agencies had saved Rs 10 crore in rents alone, he said.
1.8 lakh KCR Kits distributed: Minister
The government was in the process of augmenting staff and infrastructure in its hospitals, including improvement to pre and post maternity care, Health Minister Dr C Laxma Reddy said.
He was replying to a question on KCR Kits and maternity care asked by TRS MLAs Gongidi Sunitha, Ajmeera Rekha and Bodiga Shobha.
He said, so far, as many as 1,83,382 KCR Kits were distributed while Rs 201.37 crore was distributed to 6,34,789 expectant mothers as financial aid to compensate for potential income loss during pregnancy and post childbirth.
The government distributes Rs 12,000 to the beneficiaries from economically backward families over a period of six months.
The Minister also assured MIM MLA Jaffar Hussain that the government would take steps to fill vacancies in the Government Unani Hospital at Charminar.