CM releases CDs, booklets on new districts

  • Special focus on Warangal City development

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao released CDs, booklets on ‘Know Your District; Plan your district’ at the collectors’ conference here on Wednesday.

The collectors individually explained about their experiences at the ground level in the district since the reorganisation of districts two months ago.  Responding, the Chief Minister said the cropping pattern in the State should be redesigned based on soil condition, its characteristics, weather conditions and local situations. Which crop is best suited for the land should be arrived at based on the rate of rainfall, availability of water, type of soil and so on. Soil testing should be done to find out what type of crop is best suited for the land. Horticulture crops should be encouraged in the urban areas and guidelines to be formulated about the type of crops to be raised in the lands under various irrigation projects in the State. In coordination with the officials in the agriculture department, crop planning should be done in the districts, the CM said. All the repair works on SRSP canal should be completed by the time Kaleswaram project is ready.

Stating that district level plan is necessary to make the State’s annual budget, the Chief Minister asked the collectors to send district plans based on the needs and requirements of each district. On the people living in tribal areas in the State, the Chief Minister said  majority of the people living in the agency areas are being subjected to frequent illness due to lack of nutritious food. The State Cultural Council should launch a campaign in these areas on the need to take nutritious food and cultivate good healthy habits. He wanted special allowance to be given to doctors working in the remote tribal areas. Special plans should be prepared for the SC/ST dominated districts and RTC buses should ply to these areas. He also wanted the officials to examine setting up of vegetable market at Gudepad in Warangal rural district and a Mirchi Yard at Narasampet.

On developing Warangal city, the Chief Minister wanted it should not be developed in a haphazard way the Hyderabad was developed. “We have put a special focus on Warangal to make it second largest city after Hyderabad. We have already sanctioned Rs 300 crore for its development and these funds should be utilised properly. We have established several educational institutions. Plan a ring road for the city. Construct a health university integrating KMCC and Central Jail. Since it is selected under Heritage, Amruth and Smart City categories, spend funds released under these categories for the development of the city. Set up vegetable and non-veg food markets in a scientific way. Set up new storage units. Have separate veg and non-veg markers in all the corporations. We will also put pressure on the Centre to develop Mannanur Airport, the Chief Minister said.

Women and Child Welfare Commissioner Ms Vakati Karuna spoke about the advantages of women having their deliveries at the government hospitals. Responding to this, the Chief Minister said there are adequate facilities in the government hospitals for performing deliveries. Instead of rushing to the private hospitals and spending a lot of money, women, especially from the poorer sections of the society should be encouraged to go to the government hospitals. He wanted elected representatives and officials to educate the women and wanted a campaign to be launched to create awareness on this. He also asked the people to utilise the mortuary vans available at the government hospitals whenever the need arises. -NSS

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