Hyderabad: NABARD has sanctioned Rs. 1236.89 crore under RIDF XVI involving 738 rural infrastructure projects to the Government of Andhra Pradeshm during 2010-11. The amount sanctioned is 139 per cent of the Normative Allocation of Rs. 890 crore made to the State by NABARD Head Office. Andhra Pradesh occupied 3rd position in the country in terms of assistance sanctioned under RIDF during the year. States ahead of Andhra Pradesh are Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Bank’s Chief General Manager informed in a press note here that the major departments which accessed funds from NABARD under RIDF included Horticulture Department has been sanctioned Rs. 372.72 crore for financing Andhra Pradesh Micro Irrigation Project (APMIP) bringing 150000 hectares under drip and micro irrigation, four Horticulture Colleges and four Polytechnics enrolling 1320 students every year followed by Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Department has been sanctioned Rs. 237.17 crore providing drinking water to 12 lakh population presently and designed to benefit 15 lakh people by the year 2032.
The other departments namely RIAD-PR and R&B have been sanctioned Rs. 202.13 crore, Panchayat Raj Engineering Department Rs. 209.85 crore; and R&B dept has been sanctioned Rs. 75.30 crore for construction of 347 roads with a length of 1316.02 km and 69 bridges with a length of 5523 mtrs. Women Development & Child Welfare Department has been sanctioned Rs. 50 crore for establishment of 1384 anganwadi centres in 22 districts benefiting 41500 children and 20800 pregnant women and lactating Mothers in the State. (NSS)