Rajana-Sircilla: Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister, KT Rama Rao said that Telangana has become a role model to the country by occupying the front row in the implementation of various development and welfare schemes.

Stating that the state government was giving top priority to the irrigation sector, Rama Rao said that to provide more benefits to farmers, the government was encouraging oil palm cultivation in the state and a whopping Rs 1,000 crore was allocated in the state budget. Informing that the crop was cultivated in 587 acres by 176 farmers in the district, the Minister said that they have fixed a target to cultivate 1,600 acres in this year.

The Minister participated in 75th Independence Day celebrations held in Junior college, Sircilla on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, he said the Rythu Bandhu scheme was introduced for the welfare of farmers and it became a role model for the country. So far, Rs 1,076 crore was deposited in the bank accounts of 2.39 lakh farmers in the district.

A spacious market yard along with modern facilities was constructed in Sircilla by spending Rs 20 crore. 2,400 metric tons capacity godowns are also being constructed in Gambhiraopet, Yellareddypet, Korem and Pothugal PACS limits.

As cultivation area has been enhanced, a food processing industrial park was developed in 309 acres in Narmala wherein two industries would be set up with Rs 100 crore. About 500 local people would get employment if the construction of industries was completed.

Rama Rao was informed to establish an ethanol distillery project in 47 acres of land near Nampalli village by spending Rs 260 crore. The project would be established by Deccan Agri Resource Private Limited. Besides direct employment to

1,100 people, 20,000 paddy farmers would get benefit with the unit.

The upland Sircilla area has become a water junction with the completion of all irrigation projects. Informing that Manair river has become as Perennial River with the construction of Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, he said that there was drastic spurt in ground water table with the completion of all irrigation projects.

A total of 2.52 lakh acres of land was getting water with the completion of Kaleshwaram project, Mid Manair reservoir, Annapurna reservoir and other projects.

In order to encourage the fishermen community, the government has decided to establish Aqua Hub in 367 acres of land in Mid Manair reservoir by spending Rs 2,000 crore.

Four companies including the famous American company Fish In, Fresh to Home, Ananda Group, and CP Aqua Group are going to invest in Aqua Hub, wherein about 10,000 people would get employment. The foundation for the project would be laid very soon, the Minister informed.

Informing that the state government was giving top priority for the health of the poor, the Minister said that super speciality treatment was being provided to patients through electronic ICU by entering an understanding with NIMS, Hyderabad.

Heart patients were also being treated through STEMI Teleprogram. Moreover, scores of patients were treated through telemedicine by linking PHCs with district hospital, he informed.

Expressing happiness for getting the center’s Kayakalpa Award for the third consecutive term by the district hospital, the Minister informed that a 300 bedded multispeciality hospital was sanctioned to the district. Hospital would be constructed with Rs 159 crore.

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