Rajanna-Sircilla: IT and Municipal Administration Minister, KT Rama Rao said that Telangana had emerged as a rice-bowl of the country by producing the record level of paddy. The Food Corporation of India has confirmed that it had procured the highest quantity of Paddy from the state. This was made possible only because of the construction of Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, he said.
As part of the project, Godavari water has been lifted to Kondapochamma Sagar reservoir located at 681 meters above the mean sea level from 82 meters at Medigadda. The project would help to fill 46,000 tanks, achieve green revolution, develop agriculture, and enhance fish and sheep production. The minister made these comments after planting trees along with the Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy in Avunur village on Friday.
Despite the financial crisis, State government was continuing all welfare schemes. The State was experiencing some financial crisis during the last three months due to the pandemic. However, all schemes such as Rythu Bandhu, 24 hours power supply, Aasara pensions and others have been continued without any disturbance.
As on Thursday, Rs 6,889 crore Rythu Bandhu amount was deposited in the bank accounts of 54.22 lakh farmers (Rs 5,000 to each farmer). On the other hand, loan amounts of 5.60 lakh farmers, who were having loan amount up to Rs 25,000, have been waived by allocating Rs 1,200 crore.
Referring the well known slogan of Telangana writer Dasardi Rangacharya that ‘Naa Telangana Kooti Ratanala Vina’, Minister said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was going ahead with a concept of ‘Naa Telangana Kooti ekarala Maganam Kavali’ (provide water to one crore acres). As part of the concept, Chief Minister has sanctioned 11 check dams to be taken up on the river Manair from Upper Manair to Mid Manair reservoir in the district.
Talking about Haritha Haram, Rama Rao opined that the plantation of trees would be success if women actively participated in the programme. Informing that six saplings would be distributed to each house, Minister wanted the people to plant trees and protect them. There should be a smruthi vanam in every village. Later, Rama Rao laid foundation for Urban Forest Park at Venkatapur.
Speaking on the occasion, Rama Rao said while other districts were having 24 per cent forest cover, Sircilla had only 19.85 percent. To enhance forest cover, compensatory a forestation was taken up in 1,400 hectares in the district. Forest land acquired for various projects in Peddapalli and Karimnagar districts was also compensated in the district. In order to provide fresh air, water and food to future generations by rejuvenating forest cover, Chief Minister has introduced Haritha Haram six year ago and planted 182 crore saplings in the last five phases.
To involve the public in the programme, the concepts of Rasi, Nakshatra and Smruti vanam have also been introduced to encourage the people to plant saplings. Chandrashekhar Rao instructed to take up urban forest blocks in five to ten kilometres distance of towns.
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