Alternate Public Transportation Plans for AP

HYDERABAD: AP Chief SecretaryA�Krishna Rao held a video conference today with all the district collectors and other officials to review on the issues of drinking water, E-POS System Civil Supplies, Neeru-Chettu, EAMCET-2015 and other programmes.

Rao has directedA�the Irrigation Department to release water in the Darsi-Branch Canal for drinking water in Prakasam District. Any repair works may be taken on the canals or reservoirs, only after releasing water to the tanks in the district, he said.

While reviewing the RTC strike the chief secretary has reviewed the issue and discussed with the transport and police officials on alternate arrangements. He directed officials to make alternative arrangements to avoid inconvenience to public in view of the strike.

At present there are some 10,000 APSRTC vehicles and 2,000 hired vehicles with RTC. Officers concerned have informed that 2,000 buses are on operation. The Department has already decided to hire the licensed drivers and conductors to run more number of buses in the Districts. An amount of 1,000 rupees will be paid per day, participation certificates will be issued to the drivers and conductors, and they will also be considered with 30 percent of reservation in the future recruitment by the APSRTC, Rao said.

Alternate arrangements should be made by the transport department to avoid inconvenience in public transport in the state, the chief secretary said and directed the collectors and superintendent of police to deal firmly with any instances of violence or disruption.

He also reviewed the Electronic Point of Sale (e-POS) System implemented by the government at Fair Price Shops in the State. The government has introduced the system in the state to ensure transparency and prevent diversion of subsidised essential goods.

If the cardholders failed to buy their quota such as rice and kerosene, the items will be diverted automatically from the fair-price shops by this system, and cardholders may take their ration from anywhere in the State.

After taking the thumb impressions of the cardholders, the e-POS system will allow the sale, and it is also enables the officials to keep a tab on the exact stock position at the fair price shops.A�A mass awareness campaign may be made in educating the people in all the districts on E-POS system, Rao opined.A�The collectors confirmed that the system is working well, and there are no complaints in its working this month.

In view of prestigious entrance examination EAMCET-2015, whichA�is being conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada (JNTUK) for the first time after re-organization of the Andhra Pradesh, heA�suggested that the vehicles from educational institutions and other private organizations available may be engaged with licensed drivers, and the Officers wouldprepare a route map by covering all the EAMCET centres in the district for the students to reach the centers easily with the help of the Police Department.

Bandobust arrangements near all the centres will also be provided. District officials will initiate the work on war-basis to solve the issues in the public transport system.

Raohas issued instructions to the departments concerned for making all the arrangements for the EAMCET-2015.

Micro-irrigation projects may be taken up in all the districts, as it is an important item underA�Neeru-ChettuA�programme and the district officials woud conduct review meetings in regular intervals on the programme, Rao said.

The state governmenta��s prestigious programme Neeru-ChettuA�(Water-Tree) is sub mission of Primary Sector Mission and main objective of the mission is water conservation.

Pension distributions, stray-dog menace, sand-reaches and other issues are discussed in the meeting.

Senior Officers S.P. Tucker, Dr. Ramesh, A� Sam Bob, Ramanjaneyulu, Sumita Dawra, A�Vidya Sagar, Jawahar Reddy and others attended the meeting. (NSS)

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