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Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao

CM stresses on protecting Hyderabad’s environment

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said that there was a need to protect, the fast developing and geographically growing Hyderabad City and its neighbouring region especially the environment.

The Chief Minister said that there were 1.5 Lakh acres of the forest land available in the radius of 50 to 60 Kms all around the city and it should be developed into forest blocks to allow fresh air.

He said green cover should spread in these areas rapidly. He wanted Musi River Front and Hyderabad Urban Forestry should be developed specially and funds should be spent on this.

KCR wanted walkway in the Musi River Front like the one in KBR Park. He has instructed Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi, Municipal and Forest Ministers, Chief Conservator of Forests, Chief Advisor to the government Rajiv Sharma, CMP Principal Secretary S Narsing Rao to visit Hyderabad and its surrounding forest areas and study what should be done to develop the area. He said this should be done as part of the ‘Save Hyderabad’ Campaign.

The Chief Minister has reviewed issues pertaining to Revenue, Panchayat Raj, Municipal Administration, Medical and Health Departments at Pragati Bhavan here on Sunday.

Ministers T Harish Rao, Tummala Nageswara Rao, Jupally Krishna Rao, KT Rama Rao, Jagadeesh Reddy, Laxma Reddy, MP Sitaram Naik, Gutha Sukhender Reddy, Malla Reddy, Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary SK Joshi, Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) Rajesh Tiwari, Principal Secretary (Finance) Ramakrishna Rao, Panchayat Raj secretary Vikas Raj, Commissioner Neetu Prasad, Land records Special Officer Vakati Karuna, IT CEO Venkateswar Rao, CMO Officials Narsing Rao, Shanti Kumari and Smita Sabharwal participated.

KCR said Panchayat Raj Act Bill should be introduced in the legislature at a special session before the Budget Session. The reviewed on the progress made of draft Bill, formation of new rural and urban Panchayats.

He has instructed the Finance Secretary to made provision in the Budget to give Rs 5 lakh to Rs 30 lakh to the Gram Panchayats based on the population figures every year.

He has also instructed the officials concerned to prepare guidelines on the procurement of funds from the MGNREGA, Finance Commission, funds from the government’s Budget and funds accrued through the property tax for the Gram Panchayats. The CM has asked the Panchayat raj Commissioner to study on how to get funds from the Central Finance Commission to the Panchayats.

The Chief Minister also reviewed on the progress made in printing of the new passbooks, setting up of the website Dharani with revenue and IT officials against the backdrop of proposed distribution of new passbooks on March 11 all over the state. He has instructed the Chief Secretary to ensure completion of the works on time.

EYE CAMPS

The Chief Minister also reviewed with the officials concerned on the guidelines for the free distribution of Spectacles after eye tests for the people in the villages as decided at the Saturday meeting. He wanted participation of the NGOs, other Civil Society organizations, non-governmental agencies in this programme.

KCR has instructed the Medical and Health Minister, Chief Secretary, Secretary, Medical and Health, Commissioner Medical and Health to prepare a strategy of the programme.

He wanted the entire programme to be completed in three months and after the eye tests at the camp, free spectacles should be distributed. He also instructed the Medical and health Officials to launch a campaign on awareness on the medical and health issues, preventive measures etc., on behalf of the government. (INN)

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