Priority to rainwater harvesting pits in Nellore

Anantapur:Anantapur: collector orders officials to complete all pending works on war footing.

Nellore: District collector M. Janaki has instructed the officials to recognise the work under the employment guarantee programme and provide work to over one lakh labourers. She directed them to chalk out a plan for the successful implementation of the programme.

She held a teleconference with various mandal level officials, special officers, panchayat raj, rural water supply and other officials on different works to be taken up under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) such as CC Roads, burial grounds, rainwater harvesting pits, individual sanitary latrines and other such works and gave several suggestions and directions.

The collector said all the pending CC road construction works for the year 2015-16 should be completed by March 31. Likewise the CC road works to be taken up for the year 2016-17 should be taken up by spending 50 per cent of 13th and 14th finance commission funds and another 50 per cent funds under NREGS works.

These works should be undertaken in coordination with mandal-level NREGS officials and panchayat raj officials. Likewise, they should prepare estimates for the new works, she added.

Stating that burial ground works have been granted in over 88 panchayats, she told revenue and NREGS officials to coordinate and ensure all the facilities at these burial grounds. The revenue officials should identify the village which do not have proper burial grounds and acquire necessary land and construct proper boundaries, besides provision of water facility and other basic needs.

She further said that crop pits should be constructed under the Panta Sanjeevini scheme and officials should reach the set targets and take special care to ensure their completion in time. At least 100 such crop pits should be constructed in each panchayat area, she added.

In order to recharge the groundwater levels, the officials should take up rainwater harvesting pits in summer to collect rainwater during the rainy season, she added.

Under the NTR Jalasiri programme, all those works that were enunciated should be completed and special care should be taken in this regard, she advised. Stating that over 14,000 works were granted under the scheme and they had received over 3,580 applications for the purpose, she underlined the need to approve all those applications for the benefit of the small and marginal farmers.

She had directed the officials to achieve the set targets for the construction of individual sanitary latrines on full scale and the people should be enlightened in this regard. She advised that the works should be taken up with 60 per cent labourers and 40 per cent material component. As of now works had to be taken up with 33,000 labourers and it should be increased to one lakh labourers in future. All the village, mandal, and district level officials should complete the targets of works under the NREGS scheme, she added.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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