Monday, January 31, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Rs 12,000 crore to develop SC/ST lands: Minister

Rs 12,000 crore to develop SC/ST lands: Minister

Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, Jan 28 : The government is spending Rs 12,000
crore to develop the agriculture lands belong to the Scheduled Castes
and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) in Andhra Pradesh, Rural Development
Minister Dokka Manikya Vara Prasad said.

Participating in the government-sponsored Rachabanda Programme at
Charlagudipadu Village in Guragala Mandal of the district, he said the
government had taken all steps to develop the agriculture lands, owned
by the SC and STs .

The government has released Rs.2,500 crore for the welfare schemes of
SC and STs he said and added the construction of interior roads in the
SC, ST and BC colonies under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment
Guarantee Act.

Infusing courage into the frustrated rain-affected farmers, the
Minister asked them not to commit suicides and instead avail the
benefits being provided by the government.

The government had waived crop loans to the tune of Rs 12.9 crore in
Gurajala Mandal itself, he informed.


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