Hyderabad, August 28 (INN): Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said that educating the people in the tribal and remote areas towards development approaches, government programmes and benefits is a big challenge and the government is trying to do its best. “We have to reach out to these areas. Once educated, automatically they will come to know about their benefits and derive their due share”, the Chief Minister added.
The Chief Minister released a Publication “From the Bottom Up”, the work of “Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows” (PMRDFs) in Andhra Pradesh, this afternoon at Dr Marri Channa Reddy HRD Institute. Interacting with the Fellows, the Chief Minister said that once we develop confidence in the people of these areas, it is easy to reach out to the people about the programmes and policies and commitment is required to instill confidence. He said that some extra benefits to be proposed to the officials and personnel working in these areas to go and stay with the remote area public.
Kiran Kumar Reddy enquired about their experiences during their one year stay in these tribal and remote areas. It may be recalled that the Government of India inaugurated PMRDF scheme on 7th April 2012. The main objective of the scheme is to provide additional professional capacity to the district administration of Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts by posting young professionals under the supervision of District Collector for a period of three years. In total, 156 fellows were posted in 78 IAP districts across 9 States in the country.
In Andhra Pradesh, 15 fellows were posted in 8 IAP districts of Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. The Fellows have mainly to work with institutions of the poor like PRIs, SHGs etc., to build their capacity and help them get their rights and entitlements, help the district administration in local area planning and assist in better implementation of poverty alleviation programmes.
In Andhra Pradesh, PMRDFs have been tasked with implementing the SERP’s Unnathi (Poorest of the Poor) programme in three poorest mandals each in the tribal areas in the 8 IAP districts in addition to the mandates of the respective administration. The publication presents the main interventions taken up in terms of improving livelihoods based on Tussar Silk, Mini Apparel Unit, Bamboo, Coffee and Rural BPO in tribal regions.
It also presents efforts to improve the entitlements of tribals under Forest Rights Act and mobilize youth for social mobilization. Additionally, it presents the field level insights and recommendations based on studies on programme implementation of Flagship programmes of the State Government.
R Subrahmanyam, Outgoing Principal Secretary, Rural Development, Rajasekhar, CEO, SERP., Prasanth Mahapatra, Director General, HRD Institute, R V Chandravadan, Addl. DG of the Institute and other senior officials and 15 Fellows participated in the programme.