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Only 17 Van Dhan units for Telangana in 3 years

Published: 6th Dec 2021 11:01 pm

Hyderabad: Even as the State government was taking up different tribal welfare programmes, the Centre sanctioned 17 Van Dhan Vikas Kendra Clusters (VDVKCs), which are set up in tribal dominated districts, during the last three years.

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The Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram is aimed at livelihood generation for tribals by harnessing the wealth of forest by training and development of value chain. VDVKCs act as common facility centres for procurement and value addition to locally available minor forest produce.

Under this programme, the Central government had sanctioned 17 VDVKCs to Telangana in 2019-20. While 1,098 and 886 VDVKCs were sanctioned to other States in 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years respectively, none were sanctioned for Telangana during these years.

These details were shared by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh Satura in reply to a question by MP Vijay Kumar Dubey during Question Hour in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Health grants

The Central government said over Rs 418 crore has been released to Telangana as per the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission.

This was also done based on the examination of State government’s proposals and consequent recommendations by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare as Health Grants for rural and urban local bodies of all the States.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while responding to a question by MP Bhartruhari Mahtab during question hour in Lok Sabha said Rs.418 crore were released so far during 2021-22 financial year. These include funds for diagnostic infrastructure to PHC, conversion of rural PHCs and Sub Centres into Health and Wellness Centres.

Cyber frauds

Cyber financial frauds, especially in the card, ATM / debit cards, credit cards and internet banking category reported by scheduled commercial banks, have increased considerably in Telangana during the last five years.

Replying to a question by Shashi Tharoor during question hour in Lok Sabha, the Union Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat Karad said 54 frauds were reported in Telangana involving an amount of Rs.37 lakhs during 2016-17 financial year.

Similarly, in 2017-18, 603 frauds involving Rs.3.66 crore, in 2018-19 1,151 frauds involving Rs.3.42 crore, in 2019-20 1,893 frauds involving Rs.4.02 crore and 2020-21 2,761 frauds involving Rs.6.19 crore were reported by scheduled commercial banks as per RBI data.

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