The state cabinet has decided to pay the second installment of the farmer loan waiver (Farmer Loan Redemption Scheme), including that of the horticulture (Rs 384 crore), which amounts Rs 3,300 crore from May. In another three installments, the loan waiver of the farmers and horticulturists will be complete, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said at a briefing on the cabinet decisions here Monday.
He said, the cabinet had also decided to intensify drought relief operations and take up measure to make the state drought-proof. “It was decided to release Rs 200 crore for drinking water schemes, Rs 32 crore for fodder, Rs 41 crore for drinking water in municipalities and Rs 692 crore for input subsidy to the farmers, he said.
He asserted that works under NREGS are being provided and they had even enhanced the daily wages to Rs 190 with 50 percent more for summer months. There have been no complaints from the public about lack of work under NREGS or about the functioning of the government, he claimed.
Naidu said focus is on Neeru Chettu to ensure the state is drought-proof and works in that direction are being expedited. Works for laying 5,000 km of cement roads in rural areas have also been taken up, he said.
It was decided to constitute AP Urban Infrastructure Assets Management Limited (APUAML) under the Companies Act, which will have the Chief Secretary as the chairman. It will asses, rate and assist the 110 urban bodies in the state for improvement of infrastructure and, if needed, will help in raising loans from various sources.
It was also decided to approach the Supreme Court with regard to NEET, as the state had already held EAMCET and was attended by 2.97 lakh students. It was also decided to give a fillip to the poultry industry by setting up egg processing centres over next five years with an investment of Rs 570 crore.
Other important decisions taken by the cabinet include mandatory physical literacy in schools including private, to stand guarantee for the HUDCO loan of Rs 854 crore to Bhogapuram Airport and Rs 200 crore for greenfield airports at Dagadarthi (Nellore) and Orvakal (Kurnool), approval for stage II of the phase 1 of Machilipatnam Port project, setting up of incubation and startup centres with his Chinese company JPE Soft.