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‘Grama Jyothi’ will ensure planned development of villages: KCR

Hyderabad, Aug 11: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has expressed concern over improper utilisation funds for the development of rural areas in the State.

Addressing a review meeting at Prof. Jayashankar Agriculture University here on Tuesday, KCR said despite huge spending by the Panchayat Raj institutions, desired results could not be achieved due to lack of planning. However, he expressed confidence that the ‘Grama Jyothi’ scheme, to be launched on August 17, will ensure systematic development of all villages and other rural areas across the State.

The conference was attended by Deputy CM Kadiyam Srihari, ministers Eatala Rajender, K Tarakarama Rao, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, T Harish Rao, Tummala Nageshwara Rao and Jogu Ramanna, Planning Commission Vice-Chairman Niranjan Reddy, District Collectors and Joint Collectors.

KCR also asked the MLAs to adopt one village in their respective constituencies to turn it into a model village. He said there was a need to launch a new revolution for the development of rural areas. He said that the government proposes to spend Rs. 25,000 crore in the next four years to implement the ‘Grama Jyothi’ programme.

The Chief Minister said Grama Sabhas would be organised to finalise the development agenda. One rickshaw will be deployed in each village of more than 750 people for lifting of garbage. He said efforts would also be made to link the development process with employment of local youth.

KCR said that the ‘Grama Jyothi’ programme would be conducted by involving all the public representatives. Citing examples of Mulkanoor and Husnabad, he said that the involvement of local residents ensured exemplary development these two rural areas. (INN)

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