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Hike wages for sanitary workers, CM tells local Govts

Reacting to the continuing strike of sanitary workers in districts and villages, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today directed the local governments to increase the salaries by using 50 per cent of revenues generated at Village Panchayat level.

Launching Grama Jyothi scheme for all-round development of villages, KCR asked the gathering of district Collectors, JCs, SPs and Zilla Parishad CEOs and officials concerned at Prof Jayashankar Agriculture University here on Tuesday to focus on sanitation and infrastructure development in villages. He said the government would spend Rs 20 crore and more for supply of tricycles and rickshaws for timely removal of garbage and trash. “We will give at least one rickshaw for 750 persons of a village for the purpose”, he said.

The Chief Minister declared that as many as 25,000 rickshaws will be supplied for garbage collection besides setting up one dump yard and a cemetery in each village. KCR asked the villages to observe power holiday for a single day to protect energy for future needs. “We are blessed with energetic women groups, whose services will prove handy in the process of village development”, he observed. (NSS)