Elaborating the several welfare activities taken up as part of Rachabanda, he said ration cards were distributed to 26 lakh families, pucca houses were granted to 6 lakh beneficiaries while 5 lakh beneficiaries were granted pension.
He said the State had decided to sanction an interest-free loan up to Rs. 1 lakh o farmers for rabi. Last year, funds to the tune of Rs. 600 crore were spent on paddy procurement, while this year, an additional sum may be allocated for the purpose.
While admitting that Polavaram project was crucial to solve the irrigation problem of farmers in the delta, the Minister took a dig at the Telugu Desam Party, saying the party had failed to take up its implementation while in power. .
Staff Reporter writes:
Meanwhile, the opposition parties—TDP, CPI(M), CPI and YSR Congress Party-- have geared up to highlight the State Government's failure in keepings its promises made at Rachabanda-1. They asserted that the issuance of white ration cards, pattas, pucca houses to the poor, cut in kerosene and other essential commodities quota would be raised at the Rachabanda-2 which is taking off after a gap of nine months.
Mylavaram MLA and TDP leader Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said the government feared of conducting the programme as it could not implement its assurances.
CPI(M) city Secretary R. Raghu said the Government was organising the programme after a gap of nine months. Still, there was no improvement in the lives of poor. CPI City Secretary K. Subba Raju: “We will not disturb the programme. However, we will submit memorandum on new problems.”
YSR Congress Party leader and former Mayor Tadi Sakunthala said that the government lacked commitment and accountability.