“I have little knowledge about the actor ” – YSR
Sun 14 Sep 2008 Source-Thehindu
YSR says he does not know much about Chiru
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has said that he does not know much about actor Chiranjeevi.
Dr. Reddy’s admission came during a television show on ‘women’s empowerment’ organised by a regional channel on Sunday.
Fielding questions, Dr. Reddy said that no leader should think that if he is prosperous that is enough. “In politics there should not be use-and-throw policy,” he said and added that under some circumstances leaders should be in a position to raise funds to take up welfare programmes.
Asked if Mr. Chiranjeevi, who recently launched Praja Rajyam, lacked such qualities, Dr. Reddy remarked that the actor’s close confidantes should be able to tell about him. “I have little knowledge about the actor,” he added. Further questioned if Mr. Chiranjeevi could also overcome the criticism he is facing like late N. T. Rama Rao, Dr. Reddy said voters would take all issues into consideration and give their final verdict.
The Chief Minister once again reiterated that politics was not an easy field.
Anyone who wants to succeed in politics should have certain qualities.
He said credibility, fulfilling promises, helping those in distress and the confidence to over come hurdles are some of the qualities of a good politician.
YSR sounds a word of caution to Chiru
Sat 13 Sep 2008 Source-Thehindu.
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy crossed swords with film actor Chiranjeevi by stating that public life was not a smooth sail and one should have the vision and capacity to think even out of the box.
Without naming the Praja Rajyam president, Dr. Reddy reiterated that film acting could not be compared with political life. “It is born out of struggle. A politician should be able to appreciate people’s problems, empathise with them and have competence and courage to work out and implement polices that will benefit the masses.”
Dr. Reddy, who was reacting to Praja Rajyam’s charge that State Congress leaders were “acting” in the garb of implementing development works, told mediapersons here on Saturday that those in public life should have compassion to the people’s woes. “And sometimes politicians would have to be statesmen.”
He said he never tried to belittle the films or film actors nor named anyone. There were film actors in Congress also, he pointed out.
On TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu’s charge that the State government was forcing self-help group women to take loans and making them indebted, he said: “I pity Mr. Naidu as he has no clue of what he is talking about.”
Dr. Reddy reeled out statistics on the success of women SHGs and said the total loan given to such groups in 2004-05 was Rs. 1,100 crore; and Rs. 6,500 crore in 2007-08. Banks had plans to provide loans up to Rs. 11,000 crore in 2008-09.
To a question, the Chief Minister said the government was able to solve the naxal problem, which was very serious in the State, when he assumed office, through social-economic approach and administrative action.
Bonus for paddy
Dr. Reddy urged Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to announce bonus for paddy, over and above the minimum support price of Rs.850 per quintal, which has been pending with the Centre for quite some time.
YSR to open JNTU academic blocks
Sun 14 Sep 2008 Source-Thehindu.
KADAPA: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will inaugurate two academic blocks in Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University College of Engineering at Pulivendula on September 16 during his tour of Kadapa district. He would also lay foundation stones for College of Food Science and Technologies under ANGRAU and for a glass industries unit in the APIIC industrial estate at Rachumaruvaripalle in Pulivendula mandal, according to his tour programme. The Chief Minister would arrive at YSR Estates at Idupulapaya in Vempalle mandal at 5 p.m. on September 15. He would reach Kadapa at 11.25 a.m. on September 16 and participate in the first death anniversary of his brother-in-law P. Chandrapratap Reddy.
YSR to visit naxal-affected Kaleshwaram
Sun 14 Sep 2008
Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy will be the first Chief Minister to visit Kaleshwaram temple shrine on September19 Thehindu.
YSR will lay foundation stone for the Kaleshwaram Lift irrigation scheme
The scheme costing Rs. 500 cr. will lift about 4.5 tmc ft. of water from Godavari river
KARIMNAGAR: For the first time, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy would be visiting the interior Kaleshwaram temple town located on the shores of picturesque river Godavari in Mahadevpur mandal adjoining the neighbouring Chattisgarh State in the Maoists affected Dandakaranya region on September 19.
The Chief Minister would visit this ancient and historic temple on September 19 to lay foundation stone for the Kaleshwaram Lift irrigation scheme to lift about 4.5 tmcs of water from river Godavari at a cost of Rs. 500 crore. The completion of this project would benefit the backward Kataram, Mahadevpur, Mahamutharam and Tadicherla mandals by providing irrigation sources to 45,000 acres and drinking water to all the villages.
Incidentally, Mr. Reddy would be first Chief Minister to visit this Kaleshwaram temple shrine and offer prayers and participate in the developmental programmes. The Chief Minister would also address a public meeting in the Kaleshwaram temple town on the occasion. People of the interior villages tucked away on the borders of the district with neighbouring Chattisgarh and Maharashtra States would have a glimpse of the Chief Minister for the first time in the region.
Government Whip and DCC president D. Sridhar Babu told The Hindu on Sunday that the Chief Minister would also lay foundation stone for the lift irrigation project in Lakkaram village of Manthani Mutharam mandal on September 19.
The project would be taken up at a cost of Rs. 100 crore to provide irrigation sources to 20,000 acres in Manthani Mutharam and Kamanpur mandal. He said that both the Kaleshwaram and Lakkaram lift irrigation schemes would be completed within 18 months after the start of the works.
Mr. Sridhar Babu said that he had urged the State Government to open a 500 MW power project at Kataram or Tadicherla region because of availability of coal in Tadicherla and water from the river Godavari.
He said that the opening up of thermal power project at Tadicherla would be more feasible and cost effective.
On the other hand, the Karimnagar district police have been making unprecedented security arrangements for the Chief Minister’s visit to the naxalite affected Kaleshwaram temple town. Superintendent of Police Y Gangadhar and other police officials had visited the Kaleshwaram site and reviewed security arrangements. The police had already intensified their combing operations and area domination activities in the forests of the district and exchanging intelligence with the neighbouring Chattisgarh to check the activities of the Maoists.