Telengana has become the 29th state in the country after the Telengana Bill was approved by the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha has passed the bill a few days back.
Thus a new state has been formed by the bifurcation of the present A.P.state.
The states in the eastern coast of A.P., Odisha and W.Bengal have become the regular targets of the many storms and typhoons that lash out from the Bay of Bengal and beyond. This time it is the coastal districts of A.P. that are being targeted by the storm “Helen”. The deep depression has caused heavy rains and winds in E.Godavari, W.Godavari and Krishna. 20,000 people have been evacuated. it is estimated that crops in about one lakh hectares have been destroyed.
The only consolation in the face of these natural catastrophe is that unlike earlier, prior information is being received about the storms / typhoon etc.so that the people are being evacuated which reduces the death toll. In the recent Storm “Phailin” lakhs of people were evacuated in Odisha and A.P.which reduced the death toll. Lakhs of houses were smashed down and if the people were there, what would have happened?
The A.P.Government has issued notification increasing the minimum wage for contract labour with effect from 01-10-2013. Now the minimum wage for the unskilled worker will be Rs. 6,775 monthly (earlier it was Rs. 6,417.40). The wages for the semiskilled and skilled and highly skilled workers will be Rs. 7,997.25, Rs. 9,817.00 and Rs. 12,247.55 respectively. It has also been decided to revise the Minimum Wage every six months which is linked with Variable DA.
The massive evacuation of more than 6 lakh people of Odisha and A.P.to safer places has been a well prepared move which helped to reduce the loss of lives to the minimum in the wake of the hit of the cyclone Phailin in the eastern coast of India. But the damage to the houses, communication network,electricity, roads, trees etc.has been tremendous. It is estimated as per reports that more than Rs. 24,000 crore damages have been resulted through the cyclone and high waves smashing the coastal area.
Rehabilitation is the immediate task for which the Central Government, the state governments and the people at large have to jointly make all out efforts. The rehabilitation should be organised effectively and fast.
A very interesting and happy news for the elders in the country. There are lakhs of people who are aged 100 years or more. In South Indian states Andhra Pradesh alone, there are 27,985 centenarians followed by 22,757 in Karnataka, 12,654 in T.Nadu and 5,431 in Kerala.
There are thousands of centenarians in other states also. Thus India has got lakhs of centenarians.