State to reverify cases not considered as ‘farmer suicide’

‘Of 1,160 instances in the last five years, only 454 were confirmed’

In all, 1,160 farmers had committed suicide in the State in the last five years as per the data available with the National Crime Records Bureau, Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development Botcha Satyanaryana told the members in the Legislative Council on Friday.

Answering a question raised by YSR Congress Party members V. Gopal Reddy, D. Chinna Govinda Reddy and J. Krishna Murthy, Mr. Satyanarayana said only 454 of them were confirmed as suicide by the district-level three member committee.

The Minister told the council that the government had decided to reverify the remaining 706 cases for granting ₹7 lakh ex gratia.

Land for private varsities

Mr. Satyanarayana, answering a question raised by PDF member K.S. Lakshmana Rao, said three private universities – Vellore Institute of Technology, Amritha University and SRM University – had been allotted 200 acres at the rate of ₹50 lakh an acre in the Capital area.

Mr. Lakshmana Rao said it was not proper to give government land to educational institutions that do not follow the rule of reservation and offer free concessions to the eligible students. He said land should be given only to the government institutions.

Mr. Satyanarayana said 25 acres had been given to NTR University of Health Sciences. A request to give land free of cost to the university was under consideration, he added.

Aarogyasri

Deputy Chief Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas (alias Nani) said 117 additional procedures were added to the existing 942, taking the total to 1,059 under the Aarogyasri scheme.

The scheme was available to the beneficiaries at 730 government hospitals and 551 private hospital.

He said the Aarogyasri scheme would be implemented as per the recommendations of the former Union Health Secretary, K. Sujatha Rao.

The Minister said that all the families with an annual income of less than ₹5 lakh were eligible to avail benefits under the Aarogyasri scheme.

An amount of ₹5,292.66 crore was allocated to the scheme in the last five years, the Minister said.

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