VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who was all praise for the efforts being put by the official machinery for making Krishna Pushkaralu a smart and smooth affair, announced Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia to Pushkar employee in case of death while on duty, Rs 5 lakh for people in case of accidental death and `3 lakh for natural deaths, while participating in Krishna Pushkaralu.
Taking stock of the situation of Krishna Pushkaralu at Operation Command and Control Centre in Vijayawada on Tuesday, he stressed the need for using technology in every aspect. He asked the officials concerned to ensure that irrigation water reached every acre, given that there were no rains for some time now in the State.
Officials were directed to take measures for release of water from Nagarjuna Sagar to right bank canal in order to save crops in Guntur and Prakasam districts. He also stressed on constructing farm ponds for agricultural lands in upland areas.
He inspected the Pushakaram arrangements at Amaravati and expressed satisfaction. Naidu wanted everyone to worship rivers for making the State drought-proof. He said, with the spirit of Krishna Pushkarams, the government has taken up the project of interlinking Krishna and Penna rivers. He said it was the only solution to drought in the State. The Chief Minister offered a garland to the statue of Krishna at Amaravati Ghat and also went around the model temple complex in Amaravati.