State To Have 100 Percent LPG By June 2, AP CM
Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in a review meeting with the officials of the civil supplies department today said that his goal is to ensure that Andhra Pradesh has 100 per cent LPG coverage by June 2.
For Andhra Pradesh to go smokeless, the Chief Minister highlighted the role of collectors in gathering data with regard to the families yet to receive LPG connections. He asked them to gather details of the households who are yet to receive the gas connections and submit the same to the oil companies by the 10th of this month.
He added that the West Godavari District which is 100% LPG connected should serve as an example for the rest of the districts.
The officials of the department apprised the Chief Minister that there are about 28,49,390 households who are yet to receive gas connections. Out of the 29,49,390 households, 12 lakh homes should receive connections by this month end and another 16 lakh connections should be provided by May 31st, ordered the Chief Minister. He added that he would take up review with the civil supplies department once in every 10 days.
Under the Tribal LPG Package, 5 kg LPG refill cylinder is being provided to 1.57 lakh tribal households. This initiative is costing Rs 45 crore. To understand the food and nutritional requirements of the people of the State, the officials today proposed to create individual wise health profiles.
Ragi, Bajra, Jowar and other millets should have place in the day to day diet, the Chief Minister said. When the officials informed the Chief Minister that they are importing finger millet (Ragi) from Karnataka, he said that its time to see that farmers take up Ragi cultivation and asked the agriculture officials to take note of this.
The government plans to introduce GPS to track all Public Distributions System’s vehicles in the State. The Chief Minister stressed the need to encourage more cashless transactions in State’s PDS system.
The Krishna district leads the way in cashless PDS transactions with 27 per cent, West Godavari district with 17 per cent and East Godavari District with 16 per cent. To encourage cashless transactions among the people, the government proposes to announce 1 lakh cash price to one beneficiary from every district for the months of April and May. This apart, mobile phones will be distributed to 5 thousand people.
When the officials brought to the notice of the Chief Minister that subsidy on Sugar was discontinued by the Central Government, the Chief Minister asked them to write to the center and request for its reintroduction.