Nirmal: Minister for Forests, Environment, Endowments and Housing Allola Indrakaran Reddy and Adilabad MP Soya Bapu Rao on Friday instructed officials concerned to ensure that the benefits of welfare schemes being implemented by the Telangana and Union governments reach genuine beneficiaries and the poor.
Indrakaran and Bapu Rao addressed the district officials at a meeting of vigilance and monitoring committee, and reviewed the progress of various departments here.
The Minister emphasised the need to reach out to eligible beneficiaries and the poor through various welfare schemes of the State government and efficient use of funds. He said the State and Central governments earned revenue by way of taxes paid by the public. Thus, the two governments could implement schemes for the welfare of the economically weaker sections.
Bapu Rao also suggested the authorities to make sure that the poor grow and achieve development by using funds of welfare schemes implemented by Union government. He wanted them to spend the grants for the welfare of the weaker sections. He added that the Centre was extending a slew of schemes for the uplift of the downtrodden communities.
Indrakaran stressed the need for coordination among authorities of various departments in implementing schemes. He instructed officials of the Postal Department to set up sufficient number of post offices in rural areas for the beneficiaries of the Asara pension scheme.
Connectivity of villages was improved by the TRS government in the last five years, he said.
Briefing about the progress of the District Rural Development Organisation, Project Director Venkateshwar said Rs 94 crore out of Rs 100 crore was spent through the national employment guarantee scheme in the district so far. He said 1.44 lakh beneficiaries of the Asara pension scheme were being paid Rs 32 crore a month. He added 66,000 individual toilets were built, spending Rs 75 crore.
District Housing Scheme Officer Narsaiah said 4,152 homes were granted to the district and of them, 657 units were completed. A total of 1,829 were in progress, while tendering of 2,507 units were finalised. District Medical and Health Officer Vasanth Rao said the district’s primary health centres registered 8,939 deliveries and Nirmal district headquarters’ mother and child hospital conducted 9,032 deliveries.
Nirmal Municipality chairperson Gandrath Eshwar, District Revenue Officer Someshwar, Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer Sudheer and many other district authorities were present.