Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at a review on MNREGS convergence promised to extend the funds to 19 departments to take up developmental activities.
The officials of the Rural Development informed the Chief Minister that as many as 29,78,486 eligible wage seekers would be provided with insurance under the NREGS. Besides this, the department proposes to take up avenue plantation for 10,000 km along the State and national highways with funds from NREGS to which the Chief Minister has asked for a clear action plan. He instructed the officials to utilize vermi compost in the horticulture and avenue plantations works taken up under the NREGS.
The Chief Minister held detailed discussions about the convergence action plan received by various departments. A total of 14 departments proposed a wide range of works worth ₹ 12578 crore. The Panchayat Raj Engineering Department officials informed the Chief Minister that they would undertake construction of CC roads, underground drainage, laying of approach roads and building of gram panchayats with a cost of ₹ 3232 crore for the year 2017-18.
Similarly the forest department has come up with an action plan worth ₹ 206 crore. The Chief Minister has asked the department to revise its expenditure plan and come up with a plan to spend a sum of ₹ 360 crore. Raising and maintenance of nursery, contour trenches, construction of mini percolation tanks are some of the activities proposed.
The agricultural department also submitted its action plan for development of waste land, value addition to cultivable land, construction of farm ponds, check dams, diversion of crops to horticulture, providing irrigation through Jala Siri through NREGS funds.
The department of water resources said that would restore MI tanks, cascading of tanks and take up construction of check dams and farm ponds with NREGS funds.
Construction of play fields, tree plantation, sanitation works and providing drinking water to children are some of the activities proposed by the school education department.
The officials briefed the Chief Minister about the proposed fund allocation for various departments that included Housing department – ₹ 3750 crore, Animal husbandry – ₹ 1083 crore, construction of burial grounds – ₹ 500 crore, ICDS – ₹ 386 crore, Horticulture department – ₹ 373 crore, Fisheries department – ₹ 176 crore, SAAP – ₹ 140 crore, and sericulture – ₹ 79 crore.