Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, has directed the district Collectors to keep the district officials fully prepared to resolve the issues arising during Khariff season and at the beginning of the academic year. He also instructed the district Collectors to act firmly in taking action against the black-marketers of the seeds.
Interacting with the district Collectors through Video Conference from the Secretariat on Saturday, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy reminded that June was a significant as Khariff season begins and schools reopen in the month. Though the State government has supplied sufficient seed to the districts, incidents of trouble in distribution of seed was being reported at some places. About 60 per cent of required seed was already supplied to the districts. The district Collectors should see that the seed reaches the farmers properly and on time, he. He also reminded that 122 lakh metric tonnes of food grain production was targeted this year and it was more than 10 per cent of food grain production achieved in the last year.
Stating that farmers were preferring only particular brands of Bt cotton seed, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy felt that it was creating a problem in some areas. He directed the district Collectors to take measures to create awareness among the cultivators that quality seed of other brands were made available in the market. Out of the required 91 lakh packets of Bt cotton seed, 54 lakh packets have already been supplied to the districts. As on today, sowing of only 10 lakh packets of seed were done. The Collectors should ensure that all seed to be reached the farmers.
He also instructed the District Officials to take stringent action against the black-marketers of seed. So far, seven cases were booked and 15 black-marketers were arrested by the police, he added. The Joint Directors of Agriculture, District Collectors and Joint Collectors should take help of police, if necessary, in checking black-marketing of the seed, he added.
The Chief Minister informed that 6.5 lakh metric tons of fertilizers, urea and complex fertilizers were moved to the districts. The District authorities should maintain buffer stock as per the requirement. The District Collectors should play active role at field level and solve the problems. Reminding that Rs 610 crores of Input Subsidy has been already sanctioned by the government, he ordered the Collectors to see that input subsidy reached the 23 lakh farmers whose crops damaged due to calamities, within 15 days.
Claiming that the AP Licensed Cultivators Ordinance-2001 brought out on Friday will benefit 26 lakhs tenant farmers in the State, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said that every eligible tenant farmer should be issued Loan Eligibility Card, which would facilitate them to get the facility of bank loan, input subsidy, seed subsidy and crop insurance. Though there was no Act, Rs 190 crores of loans have been disbursed to 95,000 tenant farmers by forming Joint Liability Groups last year. Bank loans should be ensured to every eligible tenant farmer this year, he stressed.
Pointing out that academic year would begin from June 30, the Chief Minister informed that 75 to 80 per cent of required school uniforms and textbooks have already been sent to the districts. “Education Fortnight” would be launched to ensure that all the children out of school to be enrolled in the schools. During the first week of the programme, focus would be laid on enrolment of the students. A Programme would be taken up in the second week publicizing the importance of the education. About 1,000 schools taken up under the Rs 313 Rashtreeya Madhyamika Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA), schools would be inaugurated on a single day. In addition to this, foundation stones would be laid for 500 RMSA schools with the estimated construction cost of Rs 155 crores. Foundation stones would be laid for 355 model schools, which would be taken up at a cost of Rs 1,072 crores. In addition to this, 75 Kasthurba Girls Residential Schools, which were completed with Rs 38 crores, would also be inaugurated. He also directed the District Collectors to strictly implement the programmes scheduled during Education Fortnight, he added.
The Minister for Revenue, Mr N Raghuveera Reddy, the Minister for Civil Supplies, Mr D Sridhar Babu, the Minister for Roads and Buildings, Mr Dharmana Prasada rao, the Minister for Tribal Welfare, Mr Balaraju, the Minister for Primary Education, Dr Shailajanath, the Minister for Women Development and Child Welfare, Ms Sunitha Laxma Reddy, the Minister for Information and Public Relations, Ms D K Aruna, the Minister for Secondary Education, Mr K. Parthasarathi, the Chief Secretary, Mr S V Prasad, and higher officials attended the video conference.