Hyderabad: Despite financial constraints in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao said the State Government was continuing all development and welfare programmes.
As promised by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, the Minister said, the distribution of assistance under Rythu Bandhu, Rs. 1 a kg of rice to the poor and while a little delayed, the double bedroom housing for eligible beneficiaries were all delivered.
After formally launching the government’s free drinking water scheme at Rahmath Nagar here on Tuesday, the Minister spoke.
As part of the scheme, he directly distributed zero bills to a few beneficiaries on their doorsteps and consulted with them regarding the provision of various welfare programs.
The Minister said Sankranti was being celebrated two days in advance, adding that history was being made.
In accordance with the provisions of the scheme, over 9 lakh families would benefit and no bills would be provided for those living in slums, he said.
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had declared during the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections that free drinking water would be supplied to all the beneficiaries from December, and the promise was fulfilled on January 12, he said.
“The final burden of Rs.500 crore arising from the implementation of the scheme will be borne by the state government,” Rao said.
It is due to the farsightedness of CM K. Chandrashekhar Rao that Hyderabad was not facing such problems at a time when other metro cities such as Chennai were suffering from lack of drinking water and the same was being transported by trains from faraway places, the Minister pointed out.
Hyderabad was provided with clean drinking water from the Godavari river and Krishna river. And projects are being taken up to ensure that drinking water is not scarce until 2048, he said.
Minister of Animal Husbandry T. Srinivas Yadav, Minister of Labour Ch.Malla Reddy and others also spoke. (INN)