Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said that his government is taking all necessary precautions to mitigate people’s problem during this severe summer and rising mercury levels affecting normal life in the State. He requested the people not to venture out between 11 am and 3 pm unless otherwise it is necessary.
He appealed to all political parties, NGOs and PSUs to come with a social cause to help people affected due to inclement weather conditions. He said measures have been taken to provide sufficient drinking water and improve the availability of fodder to cattle by coordinating with all the concerned departments besides having a constant vigil on the situation.
He said Andhra Pradesh is the first State in the country that has initiated fodder security measures. The government he said had spent Rs 450 crores and brought to use lift irrigation schemes.
Speaking to media late last evening on the decisions taken in the Cabinet meet the Chief Minister said drinking water is being supplied to all villages and urban areas wherever necessary by transporting through tankers.
He said there is a constant check on the ground water availability by using peizo meters. The State government, he said had released Rs 200 crores to attend drinking water related issues besides deepning of bore wells and flushing them. As the State is having sufficient power available at its disposal had all the water schemes functiong normally.
In urban areas for supply of water without any problem the government has allocated Rs 25 crores. He said 8.5 lakh farm ponds are being dug in the state to recharge gound waters by tapping rain water.
Mr. Naidu siad under NAREGA, 13 lakh people are being provided with employment in the state and plans are afoot to increase this to 20 lakhs. The working hours having restricted to till noon in view of the hot weather conditions, he said the labourers are provided with water and butter milk at their work site to cope with hot and humid weather.
On agriculture and farmers he said 15,000 rain guns are being readied to face any dry spell conditions arising out of the present hot climate to safeguard the standing crop. These rain guns would cater to 30 lakh acres, he said, adding that it is the aim of the government to make the State drought-free. In order to provide gainful employment to dairy farmers fodder is made available to them at half the concession rates.
The State Cabinet also decided to promote tourism in the State in a big way and as part of it extended the lease of tourism lands for 33 years. In case of below 10 acres of lands leased to tourism sector, the lease period would be extended for another 33 years. Chandrababu Naidu stressed the need for developing tourism in big way as it helps to increase employment.
The Chief Minister said the Oracle company came forward to develop people’s hub to provide online facility on the socio economic conditions of all people in the State. He said that the survey would also help to include Kapu community in BC category. All the details of the individuals would be synchronised and integrated in the system. He said a land hub also would be developed on the same lines.