Warangal Rural: The nation is admiring Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s decisions in developing the State, looking after the welfare of the people and also in containing the spread of the pandemic coronavirus, Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Errabelli Dayakar Rao said on Sunday.
Speaking after launching the distribution of essential commodities to each household at Damera mandal headquarters by the ‘Reddy Samkshema Sangam’ here, he said that the spread of coronavirus was contained in the villages due to combined efforts.
“Though the revenues for the State have hit rock-bottom due to the lockdown, the Chief Minister is in favour of the lockdown since he believes that lives of people are more important than anything else,” the Minister said, adding that he feels sad when NRIs call him up over phone and narrate the plight of people in the countries where they are living due to Covid-19. “Philanthropists should continue to help the poor till the end of the lockdown,” he said.
Stating that the Indian culture and tradition, food systems are helping to develop strong immunity to diseases, he said that food must be consumed when it is hot to avoid the diseases. “Due to lack of proper food habits, people in several foreign countries are falling prey to Covid-19,” he said. State Planning Commission vice-chairman B Vinod Kumar said that the coronavirus would remain for one more year and appealed the people to maintain physical distance. “The villages have successfully checked the coronavirus,” he added.
Later, Errabelli made a surprise visit to the paddy procurement centre at Kalleda village in Parvathagiri in the district. Interacting with the farmers, he said that high yield of paddy had been recorded in the State due to availability of irrigation waters with the construction of the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, Devadula lift irrigation project and SRSP. He urged the farmers to bring the paddy to the procurement centre only on the allotted date in order to avoid trouble at the centre.
“The State government has borrowed Rs 30,000 crore to purchase paddy and maize in the State to help the farmers in this hour of crisis,” he said and added that the government is procuring the paddy despite shortage of gunny bags and godowns. “There are also problems in transporting the paddy. As there are no lorries available, we are transporting the paddy in tractors,” he said. He warned the rice millers that action would be taken against those who impose cuts in the weight of the paddy in the name of ‘Talu’.
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