HYDERABAD: Claiming that Andhra Pradesh stood at number one
position in implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP)
in the country, chief minister K Rosaiah today directed the district collectors
to take stringent action against those involved in irregularities in the
programme. “File criminal cases against the guilty and recover the amount in
accordance with the Revenue Recovery Act,” he directed the collectors at a video
conference here on Wednesday.
The chief minister asserted that Andhra Pradesh has become
a role model to other states in NREGP implementation. Already about Rs.3,000
crore worth works were completed in the first quarter of this financial year.
He directed the senior officials concerned to take
immediate action against the guilty whenever they receive complaints with regard
to NREGP irregularities. He wanted the officials to ensure that no labourer was
given more than 100 days of work under NREGP till the Centre decides to increase
the number of working days to 150, he added.
Referring to the monsoon rains, Rosaiah informed that the
state has received good rainfall with 17 districts recording above average
rainfall while another five districts receiving normal rainfall till date. There
was a need to prevent spread of water-borne diseases by providing protected
drinking water in rural areas, he added.
Regarding waterlogging in low-lying areas in the state
capital, he directed Hyderabad district collector to expedite works relating to
removal of stagnant water and ensure safe drinking water to the people. A
special drive on sanitation would be taken up across the state between August 30
and September 15, he added.
Rosaiah admitted that there was shortage of urea in some
districts despite having stocks in the state. But said the situation would
improve and urea and fertilizers would be distributed to farmers soon, he added.
Earlier, agriculture minister N Raghuveera Reddy had asked
the farming community to make complaints about urea shortage on numbers
040-23383505 for necessary action.
Health minister D Nagender informed that a notification to
fill up 2,435 doctors’ posts was issued recently. If needed, para-medical and
lab technicians would be taken on outsourcing basis, he added.