In a rare gesture and demonstration of the human face of governance, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, had announced immediate compensation to the families of the farmers who committed suicide during 2014-19 and has also said that his government would continue its hot pursuit in fighting corruption at all levels.
In a review meeting by teleconference on Spandana (Response) on Wednesday, the Chief Minister told the District Collectors and SPs that the District Crime Records had recorded that 1,513 farmers have committed suicides during the last five years (2014-19) while compensation was paid to only 391 families.
The Chief Minister has asked the officials to collect data from their respective districts and ensure that the compensation of Rs 7 lakh is paid to all the families who lost their earning head due loss of crop, failure to get loans, indebtedness and other issues, after due identification. The Collectors should respond immediately to the issue of farmers and tenant farmers to infuse confidence among them, he said. The governance should progress on a humanitarian ground with welfare as the goal and there should not be any complain on the ex-gratia issue, he told the officials.
Continuing the drive against corruption the Chief Minister said that it should percolate to the lower rungs of bureaucracy and in a matter of two to three months and we must be in position to get positive reports on the issue of eradication of corruption, he said. There have been instances of people complaining about corruption at mandal level which should be checked by the heads of revenue and police departments. The overwhelming response to Spandana shows that people have many complains and it is our duty to provide qualitative response and attend to their issue with earnestness.
We have received over 4,400 applications during the first Spandana and we have committed to clear the issues within a week’s time. This should be taken into consideration while expediting the papers. The human angle and practical approach should also be kept in mind while clearing the complaints as we cannot expect the general public to have official data or other such proofs.
The officials have said that most of the complaints during the Spandana pertain to pensions, housing and ration cards. The rural administration would be empowered with modern infrastructure to clear the papers faster and the data of action taken will be displayed at Village Secretariats. Every district will be given Rs 15 crores for increasing amenities in hostels and Collectors should have the data in advance before conducting surprise checks, he said.