Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has reiterated the need to strengthen rural economy and assured that the State’s revenue growth could never be less than 15%.
Speaking at District Collectors’ meeting held at Pragathi Bhavan here on Monday, the Chief Minister said the district collectors have been given total powers to implement various innovative schemes launched by the government for strengthening the rural economy and uplifting the living standards of all sections.
However, he said that the Collectors should be cautious and careful that no mistake is made during the implementation of development and welfare programmes in the State.
The entire pre-lunch session of the District Collectors’ meet has veered around the innovative sheep-breeding scheme. In the course of discussions the CM has elicited the views, suggestions and opinion of the Collectors on the scheme.
While once again laying emphasis on making the Telangana State a hub for meat export, the Chief Minister declared that sheep breeding will become a permanent feature for the Telangana State government and what is initiated now is only sowing seeds for a greater tomorrow.
Initially, the sheep breeding may create wealth of Rs 20,000 crore in next two years, but ultimately it will touch the sky, he said.
The Chief Minister said sheep breeding should become an industry and the State should become a great meat exporting State. “We have already issued guidelines for sheep breeding. There about 30 lakh Yadav and Kuruma families in the state. It is big human resource. This is our expertise. Collectors should be the great leaders in taking the imitative forward.
All veterinary doctors’ posts will be filled up. Sheep population is about 44 lakh in the State according to SKS Survey. Another 84 lakh sheep will be purchased from outside the State.
21 Sheep will form a Unit. Expenditure on each Unit is about Rs 1.25 Lakh. Of this 75 per cent (Rs 93,750) is subsidy from the Government and the rest 25 per cent (Rs 31,250) to be borne by the individual beneficiary. 4.5 Lakh beneficiaries to be identified.
Membership fee is Rs 51 per person. Eligibility is the person should be above 18 years of age and should be from Shepherd community,” the Chief Minister explained.
However, he wanted the Collectors to decide whether to form new societies or the existing ones will do the needful. “If the existing societies can extend new membership, there is no point in forming new societies. “But I leave the matter to Collectors,” he said.
“MRO/MPDO and Veterinary doctors will form a team to buy sheep from other states. One Mobile Van is provided in each Assembly segment for the mobile vet clinic. But procure sheep from June 20. Organise district level conferences on the scheme.
Collectors should implement the scheme within the broad framework of the scheme in procuring sheep,” the Chief Minister said.
On fodder, the Chief Minister said Stylo grass could be grown on the forest lands and the lands owned by the Shepherds. Adequate publicity should be given to the programme. If need be, beneficiary should also be invited while procuring sheep.
The district Collectors should implement this programme with total commitment as it strengthens the rural economy, he said.
2 BHK Houses
On the 2BHK houses, the Chief Minister said that in each Assembly Constituency 1400 houses would be constructed. Identify the beneficiaries with help of MRO/RDO. Develop transparent methods to identify the beneficiaries. Total powers are given to the Collectors.
Aadhar card may be used as criteria. Adopt transparent lottery system in front of the Gram Sabhas. MLA will determine the numbers, he said.
The Chief Minister said there about 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh single women in the State. Identify them for the pension scheme.
There are 81,000 Beedi workers in the State who have Provident Fund. Identify them for the pension scheme.
The state’s economic growth is very good. State Own Revenue (SOR) for the second quarter for 2016-17 is 21 per cent. The Union Finance Ministry put the growth at 19.5 per cent. The growth rate can never be less than 15 per cent, the Chief Minister said.
Collectors and SP office complexes
The Chief Minister said construction of office complexes for Collectors and SPs in the district are at various stages of completion and they all should be ready by end of this year to be functional from the next year. He said the Police Office complexes would be done by the TS Police Housing Corporation.
A word of caution to Collectors
The Chief Minister asked the Collectors to keep in mind that Telangana State is newly formed State. Development is top on agenda of the government. Urban economy is marching forward. Elimination of poverty is the key factor. Mapping the human resource is very important. Farmers in the erstwhile Mahbubnagar district are happy as they are getting water from Krishna.
If the entire state gets water for irrigation the State’s economy will flourish. The state has quality of power supply now and has connected with the North Indian Grid. No problem at all in the power sector. Use the quality resources, he said.
In all, the Chief Minister said the Collectors are to identify 10 lakh beneficiaries under Sheep-breeding, Single Women, Beedi workers pension Scheme and sanction of 2BHK houses in the district. He asked the collectors not to come under any political pressure what so ever.
Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali, Ministers T Harish Rao, Jupally Krishna Rao, K.T. Rama Rao, Laxma Reddy, T. Srinivas Yadav, Mission Bhagiratha VC Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Mining Corporation Chairman Subhash Reddy, TS Police Housing Corporation Chairman Damodar, Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary SP Singh, DGP Anurag Sharma, senior officials from the CMO, Senior Secretaries and HoDs attended the meeting. (INN)