Hyderabad: Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar informed the Secretary Rural Development Government of India Narendranath Sinha that the innovative schemes taken up by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao such as Palle Pragathi, etc., has resulted in the all-round development of villages in Telangana state. Union RD Secretary today took stock of the various rural development schemes being implemented by the state government.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary stated that Palle Pragathi programme has ushered in a remarkable transformation in greenery and sanitation in the villages. This has also helped in the reduction of diseases in the villages. Every village now has a Palle Prakruthi Vanam, Nursery, Vaikuntadhamam, Compost Unit and a tractor, he said and added that every month an amount of Rs 227 crores is being released to Gram Panchayats in the state.
He recalled that while there were only 8684 Gram Panchayats before the formation of the state, under the visionary leadership of the Chief Minister, Tribal Thandas and hamlets were made Gram Panchayats which has resulted in the number of GPs increasing to 12,769. To increase the green cover in the state Telangana ku Haritha Haram programme has been taken up. The Sarpanches and Gram Panchayat Secretaries have been made responsible to ensure that 85 percent plants survive. Miyawaki plantation has been taken up in 19,472 gram Panchayats. He stated that 547 Brihat Palle Prakruthi Vanams in an area of not less than 10 acres have been set up in the state so far.
Referring to the SHG movement in the state, Chief Secretary said that 4,39,648 self-help groups in the state are being extended bank loans to the tune of Rs 10 thousand crores towards the development of the SHGs and to ensure that they become financially strong. The MGNREGS programme is also being successfully implemented in the state.Secretary Rural Development Sandeep Kumar Sultania made a powerpoint presentation and explained in detail, the rural development programmes of the state government. Union Rural Development Secretary complimented the state government for successfully implementing various rural development programmes in the state. Commissioner Rural Development Sharath also participated in the programme. (INN)