Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has urged the NABARD to release funds liberally for laying rural roads in the state. He made the request to NABARD Chief General Manager Harish Java when the latter called on him at his Camp Office here on Thursday.
Java said that funds from the Rural Innovation Fund (RIF) would be released to select eligible villages once the Smart Village programme policy paper was finalised by the State Government. Financial assistance would also be provided for power, gas, fibre grids, drinking water supply, construction of individual toilets and generating greenery, he added.
The Chief Minister said that a Green Climate Fund would be set up and greenery would be developed in the State on the lines of Haryana by establishing a special corporation for the purpose.
Mangroves would be developed along the coast and nurseries set up in every village to encourage people to grow plants. The state had set itself a target to increase the present forest area from 23 per cent to 40 per cent, he added.
The NABARD Chief General Manager said that his organisation would provide adequate funds for every programme aimed at improving greenery.
He also said that NABARD would work with the State Government once the detailed project report of the Krishna-Penna-Cauvery river linking projects was prepared.
The Chief Minister said steps were being initiated to provide water through tankers and rain guns in the five drought-hit districts of the State. He also detailed the efforts to improve the groundwater table through the ‘Neeru-Chettu’ programme and said all help would be provided to strengthen the rural economy.