Hyderabad: Minister for Roads and Buildings Dharmana Prasada Rao on Thursday hinted that the state government would not be averse to invoking the Essential Services Maintenance Act by categorically stating that it was the prime responsibility of the government to offer best services to the people.
The Minister, without mentioning ESMA, discreetly maintained that citizens must be provided all the essential services without hindrance. “It is government’s duty,” he said.
Mr Prasada Rao was addressing media persons after attending a review meeting on Road and Buildings chaired by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who instructed the National Academy of Construction (NAC) Director General to come up with new proposals within a week.
The Chief Minister is the chairman of the NAC which had held its 17th General Body meeting.
NAC provides 152 training centres for skilled artisans like masons, carpenters etc, and Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy directed that two more such centres be opened in Srikakulam and Chittoor districts. NAC was also directed to increase the training of skilled artisans from 50,000 to one lakh yearly.
The state government extends both logistic and financial support to NAC and its MD was told to prepare an action programme after identifying more areas and resourceful persons.
This has relevance to what the Chief Minister had announced in Kurnool recently that the government would create 15 lakh jobs to youth in future.
The Minister said that the artisans working under the Nac have urged the Chief Minister to increase their pay structure.
Thought the NAC is not part of the state government, the Minister still has decided to study their representation following the directive from the Chief Minister.(INN)