YSR’s directive to Collectors
Thu 18 Sep 2008, Source-Thehindu
Srikakulam: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has asked district Collectors to be sensitive to the problems confronting the common man, particularly the middle class population.
Addressing them through a videoconference from Hyderabad on Thursday, Dr. Reddy said that the State was poised to reap a bumper paddy crop despite damages caused by rain in the recent past.
The Chief Minister said that for the purchase of fertilizers, a staggering amount of Rs.850 crores had been released as loans to farmers apart from releasing margin money. To tackle scarcity, fertilizers were being imported
YSR to visit Kurnool
Thu 18 Sep 2008, Source-Thehindu.
KURNOOL: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will undertake a whirlwind tour of Kurnool district on September 21.
Dr. Reddy will lay the foundation for Information Technology SEZ at Tadakanapalli and address a public meeting at 10.30 a.m.
Later, he will launch Arogya Sri programme at APSP campus and fly to Yemmiganur where he would lay the foundation for Pulikanuma project, inaugurate new municipal office and foundation for underground drainage. He will also visit Bethamcharla and address a public meeting before returning to Hyderabad at 4 p.m.
YSR asks officials to plug borders
Thu 18 Sep 2008, Source-Thehindu.
Reviews situation following reports of smuggling of fertilizer to other States
Markfed is nodal agency for fertilizer during rabi
Some 22 lakh quintals seed ready for sowing
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy asked the District Collectors to keep a watch on the borders of the State in the light of reports that fertilizer supplied to farmers in Andhra Pradesh was finding its way into other States.
Dr. Reddy said the State was the first to directly import fertilizer and all its hard efforts would go waste if the commodity was smuggled out by traders or farmers.
Interacting with Collectors through a video-conference here on Thursday on a variety of subjects, he announced that Markfed had been made the nodal agency to supply fertilizer during rabi season with an outlay of Rs. 850 crore. Plans were drawn up to supply 33 lakh tonnes of fertilizer during rabi, against 26 lakh tonnes during this season last year.
A massive stock of 22 lakh quintals of seed was kept ready for sowing in 40 lakh hectares during rabi, apart from Rs. 83 crore towards input subsidy for crops damaged during the recent floods.
As far as kharif was concerned, the fertilizer problem has been solved except in Kurnool, Guntur and Nellore. Against a kharif requirement of 32 lakh tonnes, 24 lakh tonnes was supplied till August-end, and another 8 lakh tonnes would be made available by this month-end.
Upbeat on rainfall
The Chief Minister noted that rainfall during the season so far was normal and the State had enjoyed good rain for the fifth consecutive year. Foodgrain production this year would be higher by 10-15 lakh tonnes over last year’s 198 lakh tonnes, he said.
The district Collectors were asked to issue 1.5 lakh house-site pattas due to beneficiaries under Indiramma scheme-I and take up the construction of houses wherever the beneficiaries did not start the work.
YSR to inaugurate Kakatiya Thermal Power Station in 2009
Thu 18 Sep 2008 Source-Thehindu.
Will lay foundation for the second phase of works as well: Ponnala
Project will solve low voltage problem, enable free power to the farmers, industrial growth
Second phase of the project 600 MW would be taken up with an outlay of Rs. 2,900 crore
Survey: Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah interacting with officials at the Bhupalpalli Thermal Power Station in Warangal on Thursday.
BHUPALPALLI (WARANGAL DT.): Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah said the Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy would inaugurate the prestigious 500 MW Kakatiya Thermal Power Station in February next year and lay foundation for the second phase of works as well.
The Minister visited the ongoing project at Chelpur near Bhupalpalli here on Thursday.
He said the second phase of the project 600 MW would be taken up with an outlay of Rs. 2,900 crore.
The Minister was apprised by the APGenco officials that the project would be in place by April 2009 for operations. Expressing dissatisfaction at the slow pace of works, the Minister instructed the officials to complete it by February and also obtain all the necessary permissions within two months for the second phase of the project.
The Minister said the project required 25 cusecs of water everyday and it would be made available by laying a 62 kilometre pipeline from Godavari in Kaleswaram.
The project required 7,000 tonnes of coal which would be supplied from Singareni coal mines in Bhupalpalli.
The first phase of the project was taken up with a cost of Rs. 2,077 crore and the foundation was laid by the Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on June 1, 2006.
Mr. Lakshmaiah said once the project is in place would solve low voltage problem, enable supply free power to the farmers and augment industrial growth in the region.
He said the four villages with approximate population of 10,000 would be supplied safe drinking water besides developing the Chelpur village with internal roads and lighting. According to the minister, a total of 973 acres of land was acquired for the project. The compensation for farmers in 75 acres is yet to be paid. He said the state government promised to provide one job to each of the 700 families whose land was acquired for the project.
He directed the APGenco officials to implement the promises without fail.
Mulug MLA Podem Veeraiah, AP Genco director (technical) Krishnamurthy and other officials were present.