Plan to develop Lambada thandas in a big way

  • Telangana seeks Rs 900cr Central aid

Hyderabad: The Telangana Government is planning to develop Lambada thandas (hamlets) in a big way. Some time ago, it was proposed to provide them with all facilities and make them village panchayats. But the plan has remained on paper and no concrete action has been taken. But now it looks the plan has been revived and an indication to that effect came on Thursday.

Panchayat Raj & Rural Development Minister Jupally Krishna Rao held a high-level review meeting with Special Chief Secretary SP Singh and Commissioner Nitu Kumari Prasad at the Secretariat before leaving for Kerala on a two-day tour.

Krishna Rao directed the officials concerned to urge the Centre to release Rs 900 crores through 14th Finance Commission recommendations to develop village panchayats in the state. He also asked the officials to prepare proposals to develop tribal thandas into village panchayats. The State government is planning to strengthen the rural pockets by drawing Rs 900 crores from the Centre in the wake of reorganization of districts, revenue divisions and mandals, he said. 

Krishna Rao instructed the officials to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) on action plan for implementation of the first phase of Rural Urban Mission (Rurban) at Tandur, Jukkal, Narayanakhed and Asifabad and also discussed on second phase of works.

The state government is keen on providing employment opportunities to rural people, the minister said, and instructed the officials to appeal to the Centre to sanction six crore working days under the scheme.

Directing the officials to release honorarium to people’s representatives, the minister asked the latter to prepare new software to make online the details of Employment Guarantee Scheme and works in the village panchayats for transparency. He also directed them to complete construction of buildings for Anganwadi centers avoiding delay.

-NSS

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