The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated with national fervour across the State on Thursday.
The official celebration was held at Secunderabad Parade Grounds where Governor ESL Narasimhan took the salute of ceremonial parade. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar, Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi and other dignatories participated in the event.
In his ceremonial speech, the Governor listed out the achievements and plans of the State Government. However, his speech was more focused on farmers. He said that the current year has been marked by the vagaries of monsoon with deficient rainfall and resultant drought conditions across most of the State leading to declaration of 876 mandals as drought affected. “My Government is alive to the travails of the farmers and adversities being faced by the farm sector. I pay my tribute to the indomitable will as well as the resilience of our farming community who had to cope with agricultural operations under unfavourable seasonal conditions,” he said.
Narasimhan said that the government has already taken measures to offer relief to the farm sector. He mentioned about the Rythu Chaitanya Yatras and Rythu Sadassulu conducted by the government to rejuvenate the agriculture at grass roots levels. The governor also mentioned about the Revenue Sadassulu being held across the State to settle various problems being faced by the people relating to land ownership or title deeds. He said Revenue Sadassulu would an annual affair in a comprehensive manner.
The Governor claimed that the the government has supplied 17.09 lakh quintals of quality on 50 per cent subsidy to small and marginal farmers amount to Rs 231 crore. He said the government was also committed to ensure adequate and timely credit support to farmers. During 2011-12, agricultural loans totalling nearly Rs 37,000 croe have been disbursed. He also mentioned about the new scheme which provides interest-free crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh to farmers upon prompt repayment of Rabi-2011 laons. This measure is expected to benefit nearly 95 lakh farmers.
Regarding Jalayagnam, the Governor said that of 86 major and medium irrigation projects envisaged to be completed by creating irrigation potential of nearly 10 million acres, as many as 49 have been prioritised for early completion.
In his 20-page speech, the Governor listed out various schemes being taken up by the State Government for the welfare of various sections in the State.
The Parade was led by Group Captain S Antony of College of Air Warfare. As many as 20 contingents including the students of National Institute of Mentally Handicapped participated in the parade. (INN)
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