Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday sought to give a meaningful direction to the preparation of district annual plans, stating that it should not only be based on socio-economic conditions and geographic location but also on district-specific needs and resource availability.
“Every district has unique needs and resource availability, and hence, the annual plan cannot be a common blueprint for all districts,” Rao said, speaking at the inaugural session of the District Collectors and Superintendents of Police Conference at Pragathi Bhavan here.
He also highlighted the importance of district plans in the preparation of the State’s annual budget. “Know Your District, Plan Your District should be the underlying theme while preparing the annual plan. The plan should be in tune with locally available resources, needs and demands of the people. Each district should take up this resource-specific and need-based planning,” he said.
Outlining the reasons for the government’s re-organisation of districts, the Chief Minister said: “To achieve higher efficiency in administration, we reorganised the districts with each one having an average of about 3-4 lakh households. With the size of the districts shrinking, it will be easy to monitor the administration. Collectors and SPs should have all the data about their respective districts”.
Stating that about Rs 3 crore will be allotted to each Collector, Rao said they can use the funds for emergency works and important issues. “Utilise the constituency development funds of Legislators and MPs. Focus on improving hospitals and hostels,” the CM said.
He stressed on bettering facilities at government hospitals as the government has dedicated funds for this. “Facilities and services in government hospitals should improve as the government spends Rs 5,000 a month on each bed in these hospitals. We also increased the budget for procuring medicines,” he said.
Rao also suggested that crematoria should be constructed in villages and where there is sizable Muslim and Christian population, burial grounds should be set up using funds available under MGNREGP apart from donations.
“Take this programme on a priority basis. Every village should be clean and tidy. In the rural and urban areas dumping yards should be created,” he said. Rao also released CDs and booklets listing the guidelines of ‘Know Your District, Plan Your District’.