Hyderabad: Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao said the 30-day action plan for clean and green villages in the State was not just a plan but a 30-day challenge to turn villages into hygienic places.
During the Question Hour, the Minister said the challenge was to create garbage dumping yards and burial/cremation grounds for the 12,701 villages during the 30-day period which began on September 6. The government had released Rs 339 crore to Gram Panchayats to implement the plan.
The idea is to change the mindset of the people by challenging them to live in a clean environment. He also said any fines for infractions such as dumping of garbage in open areas in the village were being decided by Grama Sabhas and were not being imposed by the government.
Health Minister Etela Rajender said the government would take measures to ensure the presence of doctors and other staff at all the 106 Basti Dawakhanas in Hyderabad. The Minister’s assurance came after several MLAs complained that doctors were either not visiting the clinics or had left their jobs after working for a few days. Rajender also said the government would ensure availability of all necessary medicines. The government, he said, was planning to add another 141 such clinics in the GHMC area.
The government had no plans to allow Fair Price Shop owners to lift their stocks for a month in two installments, Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar told the Assembly. He said the one-time transport of the goods was meant to keep a track of the materials from the godown to the fair price shops.
The government also had no plans to provide cash to white ration card holders in lieu of 5 kg of rice per head in a family. The idea was to ensure people have food to eat at an affordable price and if cash was given instead, it was liable to be used for other purposes, the Minister said. In all, 82,29,622 families with 2,66,98,755 beneficiaries were being provided ration through the fair price shops, he said.