It was a day of inaugurations of ambitious projects in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh today. While Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao launched the ambitious ‘Grama Jyothi’ programme to empower gram panchayats, at Gangadevipalli village in Warangal district, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for Ultra Mega Food Park in Tangadacha in Jupadu Bungalow mandal in Nandikotkur of Kurnool district, giving a boost to agro-processing in the region.
The Rs 25,000 crore ‘Grama Jyothi’ programme aims to give more powers to gram panchayats. The programme is expected to improve the delivery of basic amentieis like drinking water, sanitation, health and nutrition, education, infrastructure etc, by bringing together the efforts of various departments working at the gram panchayat level which otherwise work independently.
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Launched in nine districts under the Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Ministry headed by K T Rama Rao, the government aims to spend Rs 25,000 crores over the next five years on all-round development of the villages. The programme aims to cover 8,695 gram panchayats in 438 mandals in 9 districts.
The government will release Rs 2 to 6 cr for taking up the works related to providing basic amenities and also improving the connectivity to the villages by laying new roads or expanding existing ones.
On Monday, KCR sanctioned Rs 10 crores for Gangadevipalli, the first village where he inaugurated the huge government programme. KCR said that seven committees at each gram panchayat would be set up, one each for missions like drinking water, sanitation, education, agriculture, infrastructure, health and overall development which will plan and implement the development works.
On the other hand, the Rs 365 crores Jain Irrigation Food Park in Andhra’s Kurnool is being established in 758 acres with a food processing unit that will include fruit processing, vegetables and spices processing, agri biotech and R&D centre. Under the manufacturing set up, the food park will include micro-irrigation systems, PVC & PE Pipes and Tissue Culture. Technology innovations will constitute product and crop demonstration centre, water-harvesting demonstration centres and renewable energy hubs in the park.
“Given that food habits are changing with lifestyles and the demand for food is a growing concern, we believe R&D will help us understand the existing trends in food, understand the consumption of certain foods and predict the need for future. We will continue to conduct research on various agriculture practices which will help us increase the yield” the Chief Minister Naidu said.
Later, the Chief Minister also laid foundation stone for Gujarat Ambuja Exports facility with an investment of Rs. 240 crore in 200 acres. The company is setting up a Maize Processing unit in Orvakallu of Kurnool district which will offer both direct and indirect employment to locals.
The unit will crush 750 MT of Maize and will have a derivates (of Maize) capacity of 350 TPD. “These investments reflect our decentralised development strategy for the state,” the Chief Minister said, continuing the government has plans to set up food parks in every district.