30 market yards built so far: Harish

  • Minimum support price for tur dal Rs 5,200 per quintal

Hyderabad: Marketing & Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao has informed the Telangana Assembly that the government has so far constructed 30 market yards in the State.

Replying to queries from members on Wednesday, the minister claimed that all facilities were being provided at the market yards to cater to the needs of farmers. Though the previous governments neglected agriculture and marketing sectors, the TRS Government was giving top priority to them, he said, adding that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was committed to the welfare of the farmers and spending adequate funds for marketing facilities. He also said the State government was committed to encourage fruit markets in the State in a big way and efforts were being made to set up a market yard at Shali Bandaram area.

For lemon market Rs 2 crores has been released and Rs 1 crore for mosambi (bathai) market at Nakirekal area in Nalgonda district, Harish Rao said. The minister also said 75 centers were set up to buy tur dal at a minimum support price of Rs 5,200 per quintal

Job loans for backward classes

Responding to members’ questions during Question Hour in the Assembly, Finance Minister Etela Rajender said Rs 1402 crores has been released towards subsidy for employment loans for SC, ST, BC and minorities in the State in the last two-and-a-half years. He asserted that the TRS Government is pro-poor and offering loans towards employment and releasing adequate funds for their welfare.

The minister said a plan was ready to offer employment loans to SC, ST, BC and minorities. The TRS Government is giving more loans and increased subsidies than the previous government, he claimed. While the Congress government gave Rs 372-crore subsidy during 2004-14, the TRS Government gave Rs 322 crores during 2014-15 and Rs 745 crores during 2015-16, Etela said.

School Asst posts are of district cadre: Kadiam

Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari informed the Assembly during Question Hour that school assistant posts are district cadre and not zonal. Srihari, who is also Education Minister, clarified that school assistants are considered district level posts and they did not notify the same for zonal cadre. Stating that as per GO 40, the posts of schools assistants appointed since 1992 till recent past were that of district cadre, the minister said promotions would be given to teachers as per norms.

Srihari clarified that there was no controversy to offer unified services to 222 school assistants allotted to Telangana out of 480 candidates appointed through Public Service Commission in 1997. “I agree with the argument of members that 222 posts of school assistants should be given direct promotions”, he said. The government was ready to resolve the issues of teachers of aided schools and lecturers, Srihari said. He also said justice will be done to the candidates, who got eligibility and denied appointments during 1998-2012.

Surekha seeks pension for eunuchs

For the first time, the Telangana Legislative Assembly discussed about Hizras on Wednesday when Warangal East MLA Konda Surekha raised the issue during the Zero Hour. She said the Hizras were not getting jobs though they pursued higher education and were forced to opt for begging for their livelihood. The Hizras used to participate in election campaigns for the victory of candidates, she said and urged the government to give pension to them recognizing them as lone women. In reply, Finance Minister Etela Rajender said he would take the issue to the Chief Minister’s notice. -NSS

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