Govt committed to give lands to poor: YSR

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Hyderabad, Jan 18 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said the government was committed to distribute lands to landless poor in the state at a saturation point.

Reviewing on the progress of land distribution programme with Revenue Minister D Prasada Rao and other officials in connection with the land distribution under the fourth phase in Chittoor district tomorrow, Dr Reddy said the government had decided to distribute 1.66 acres of land to 1.19 poor families in the state.

He asked the officilas to provide title deeds and pass books to the beneficiaries on the spot and see that 50 per cent of the beneficiaries should be from Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in each district.

He said title deeds of the lands should be given in the name of woman member of the beneficiary family. In the last three phases, the government had distributed title deeds in the name of woman members of the family, he added.

The government's main aim was to develop villages and improve the economic conditions of the poor farmers by converting dry lands for agricultural purposes and increase the agricultural production in the state.

He said the government had distributed 4.37 lakh acres of lands to 3.14 families under three phases during the last three years. Out of the 3.14 beneficiaries, 97,199 families belonged to SCs, 71,058 Scheduled Tribes and 1,09,473 Backward Classes and 4,794 minorities families and 32,160 poor people.

Under the fourth phase, 29,520 SCs, 34,848 STs, 38,429 BCs and 1,419 minorities and 14,822 others would be benefitted from all the districts, he added.

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