Rajahmunry : Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday said that the `Indiramma Bata`, a new mass contact programe, will be launched in every district of the state to assess whether the government schemes were reaching people at the grass-root level.
Speaking to reporters at the residence of Rajya Sabha MP T Ratnabhai here, the chief minister claimed that the Centre and the Andhra Pradesh government had launched several welfare and development schemes for the benefit of common man.
"The purpose of launching the `Bata` programmes in every district would be to assess whether these schemes are reaching the beneficiaries or not at the grass-root level. If there are any lacunae in the system, we will change the schemes accordingly," Reddy said.
He said Rs 1,000 crore were being spent every month on rural employment schemes in the state. "Our main aim is to provide employment to every person under this scheme," he said.
"Andhra Pradesh stood as a benchmark in the implementation of various schemes launched by the Centre," he said adding that Rs 2,500 crore will be spent on farm mechanisation in the coming three years.
He added that in order to control the "skyrocketing" prices of sand in the state, the government has issued directions to auction the sand.
"We are also taking steps to increase the working days under the employment guarantee scheme," he said.
The chief minister also assured the members of tribal communities his assistance in setting up schools, colleges in tribal areas as well as providing transportation facilities.
Talking to reporters at Kakinada, the Chief Minister said that the state government was going to buy 700 MW additional power from other states to meet the requirements of agriculture and industry.
He also said that state had never promised direct employment to those undergoing training under Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu programme, which was meant to enhance the skills.
Earlier, Reddy visited weavers` colonies at Bhandarulanka and Batnapalli.
At a program in Rampachodavaram in East Godavari district, he assured that new schools would be set up in the Agency area.
Speaking at Girijan Ashram school, where he stayed for the night, he declared new infrastructure worth Rs 3 crore.
Addressing the students, he said knowledge of computers and proficiency in English were essential in the modern world.