GUNTUR: Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana said here on Monday that the government was committed to the welfare of the farm labourers and landless poor in the capital area.
Speaking to newsmen after holding a review meeting with the officials of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), he said that the government had started paying Rs 2,500-a-month pension to 12,876 of the 19,876 such identified persons. He added that pensions would be paid to the rest before this week-end.
The minister said that a committee would be appointed to look into the problems arising out of the land acquisition for the new capital. Reiterating that the government would give top priority for the maintenance of greenery in the capital city, he said that 23 per cent out of the 217 square kilometer area of the capital would be allocated for greenery. “After deciding to take up plantations in 29 villages through the forest department, we have set up nurseries in 19 villages and are providing employment to as many as 512 persons a day”, he said and added that steps were afoot to provide employment to 2,000 people by October first week.