HYDERABAD: The total cost of Rachabanda programme to the
State exchequer will be Rs.2,500.00 crores and the Chief Minister N Kiran
Kumar Reddy has already asked the Finance Department to release Rs.1,200.00
crores. This will benefit around 18 lakh individuals and 6.5 lakh SHG Group
Members in all the schemes put together.
The Chief Minister also already directed the district
collectors to complete the arrangements for the 'Rachabanda' programme. He
also hoped that Ministers, MLAs and Public Representatives will fully utilise
the opportunity to get a first hand feed back from the people on the many
welfare programmes launched by the Government and take up redressal of their
grievances. He also exhorted the officials to be ready to resolve the people's
grievances on the spot as far as possible.
The State Government has taken up Rachabanda programme
from January 24th to 12nd February, 2011 through out the State to instill
confidence among the public by redressing their grievances on the spot and in
a bid to take the administration to the doorsteps of the people. Besides, the
programme provides an opportunity to the Ministers, people's representatives
and officials to oversee the implementation of developmental programmes,
strengthen delivery mechanism to the targeted people and to take stock of the
situation at a focal point at Gram Panchayat level in their own territory.
The thrust areas in Rachabanda programme are Ration
Cards, Pensions, Dr.YSR Abhayahastam, Arogyasri, Housing, MGNREGS and Pavala
Vaddi in Rural and urban areas.
Ration Cards: The Chief Minister decided to issue
temporary cards to 5.7 lakh eligible families identified under Integrated
Survey for 3 months for obtaining ration until these temporary cards are made
permanent. The temporary cards/Coupons would be handed over during the
Rachabanda programme. These temporary cards can also be used for obtaining
other benefits like Admission to Educational institutions, scholarships,
housing and Arogyasri etc. Besides, fresh applications for ration cards would
also be received during the programme.
Pensions: 100% disposal of pending applications/appeals
for pensions would be taken up before Rachabanda programme. Fresh
applications will also be received during the programme for process and it
will be ensured that all eligible old-aged, widow and disabled persons who do
not possess ration card also receive pension after proper verification. Around
3 lakh new pensions would be provided during the programme by following
saturation principle with state as a unit.
Dr.YSR Abhayahastham: All pending eligible applicants
enrolled earlier would be sanctioned pension under the scheme during
Rachabanda. It will be ensured that coverage of all eligible SC/ST women under
the scheme on saturation basis. Around 4.60 lakh new SC/ST women would be
covered during the Rachabanda programme.
Arogyasri: All Arogyasri/ white card holders are eligible
to get benefit under the scheme. In case an eligible family does not possess
Arogyasri/White card, applications will be taken and processed.
Housing: 4.7 lakh new houses would be provided during
Rachabanda programme. The amount required up to basement level will be paid
along with the sanction letters during the programme.
MGNREGS: Job cards to the eligible households would be
issued before Rachabanda programme. If any requests for job cards are
received during the programme, they will be given immediately after due
verification. The Chief Minister said that wage days are increased from
100 days to 125 days. Similarly the wage rate from the present Rs.90/- per day
is increased to Rs.121/- per day.
Pavala Vaddi---Rural & Urban: All the pending bills under
IKP Pavala Vaddi/MEPMA upto 31st March, 2010 totaling an amount of Rs.439
crores would be cleared before Rachabanda. Directions were given for revival
of defunct SHGs before the programme.
These programmes are targeted for the benefit of people
as whole and in particular weaker section/BPL families. The Rachabanda would
enable the Government to review of all these schemes at focal point level and
lead to a responsive and responsible administration in addition to timely
completion of the schemes and proper utilization of funds meant for the
targeted groups. The Government is committed to provide all basic needs to the
people for enhanced quality of life for every man, women and child in the
state. In order to achieve the above, the Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers,
MLAs and other Peoplesí representatives will visit all GPs/Wards under the
programme and interact directly with the people particularly farmers and
agricultural labourers etc.