Hyderabad: The state Cabinet on Thursday decided to focus on improving literacy rates, besides deciding to amend the existing rules to ensure that landless farmers and weavers.
With emphasis on education, particularly in the Primary School Education, the state Cabinet has decided to formulate an action plan to enhance the literacy rate in Andhra
Pradesh at a cost of Rs 2500 crore.
During the ‘education fortnight’ which began on June 13, efforts were also being made to enrol poor children by the school teachers and officials concerned to ensure that there were also no school
The Cabinet has discussed, among other subjects, to declare open 1000 school buildings constructed at a cost of Rs 313 crore and to open additional class rooms involving an expenditure of Rs 143 crore. Foundation stone would also be laid for 500 more school buildings at a cost of Rs 154 crore informed Information and Public Relations Minister DK Aruna while briefing media persons at the Secretariat on Thursday.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is understood to have expressed regrets over the poor show of the state literacy and directed all concerned to step up enrolment of poor children and cut down the
school drop-out rate.
The Minister informed that dress and text books would be supplied to all the poor children in phases at a cost of Rs 210 crore.
She also informed that foundation stone would be laid for 355 more school buildings at a cost of Rs 172 crore.
Amendments to Koneru Committee recommendations
It was decided to effect corrections in the Koneru Committee recommendations and the relevant Act would be amended to provide lands to the poor farmers, weavers and the tax would be met by the
Once the Act is amended, the ownership rights would be given to the poor farmers and weavers.
Similarly under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, it was agreed to regularize the
land not exceeding 80 yards to the urban poor namely the BPL families and the last date for this has been extended to December 31, 2011.
The misuse in the NREGS funds has also come for discussion and action contemplated.
Out of 16 lakh quintals of seeds requirement, 10 lakh quintals of seed has already been supplied and the farmers had so far made purchases of 5 lakh quintals and another 5 lakh quintals of seeds had been stocked.
This apart, 5 lakh quintals of seed would be kept ready in a week.
The supply of seeds was intended to prepare the farmers for the next Kharif season.
Against a requirement of 91 lakh quintals, supply has been effected to 65 lakh quintals district wise. Next week, 26 lakh packets would be distributed and the farmers have so far purchased 30 lakh packets and 35 lakh more packets have been pumped into the market.
The Minister informed that maize crop has been affected during the last floods and subsidy per hectare has been increased from Rs 3750 to Rs 5000.
Similarly, input subsidy has been increased from Rs 4500 to Rs 6500 per hectare for paddy, groundnut, and all vegetables.(INN)