Khammam: With an objective to bring Dalits out of the clutches of poverty, the State government has embarked on the implementation of Chief Ministers’ Dalit Empowerment Scheme, said Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar.
Speaking after offering homage to Babu Jagjivan Ram marking his death anniversary at Kallur in the district on Tuesday, the Minister said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao intends to set the poor Dalit families to move towards development with the scheme.
Taking part in Palle Pragathi programme, Ajay Kumar suggested to organise grama sabhas in Dalit colonies to chalk out plans for their development and sanitation works to prevent spread of seasonal diseases.
The Minister felt that if the elected representatives paid enough attention, the objectives and parameters of the programme would easily be fulfilled. By segregating dry and wet waste manure has to be produced at compost sheds in the villages, he said.
He inaugurated Rythu Vedika built at a cost of Rs 22 lakh at Muchhavaram village in Kallur mandal and launched dry sowing of paddy in the fields. He said the results of initiatives taken as part of Palle Pragathi were already visible in the villages.
The villages were now witnessing a healthy atmosphere with Palle Prakriti Vanams, nurseries, Rythu Vedikas, dumping yards and compost sheds, said the Minister. Every gram panchayat is provided with a tractor, water tanker and trolley, no State government in the country has come up with such a programme, Ajay Kumar noted.
Officials and elected members have to make collective efforts to achieve targets set under Haritha Haram, which helped to increase forest cover to four per cent in the State, the minister pointed out,
Sathupalli MLA S Venkata Veeraiah appealed to the minister to sanction a modern RTC bus stand at Kallur and release the funds for a stadium proposed to be built at the town. He also wanted steps to be taken to repair the local government hospital.
DCC Bank Chairman, K Nagabhushanam, MLC B Lakshminarayana, Rythu Bandhu Samithi convener, N Venkateshwar Rao, District Collector, RV Karnan and others were present.
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