YSR admits to problems in Arogyasri
All ears: BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Health Minister G. Aruna Kumari at the inauguration of a private hospital in Hyderabad on Sunday.-
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has admitted to problems in implementation of Rajiv Arogyasri health insurance for poor but emphasised that the programme was a “virtuous” cycle as against a picture of vicious cycle painted by some critics.
Inaugurating the 130-bed STAR Hospitals on Road No. 10 of Banjara Hills here on Sunday, Dr. Reddy explained that the programme benefited not only poor patients but the service and other sectors.
Dr. Reddy disagreed with the argument that the programme was aimed at benefiting the corporate hospitals financially.
It was being argued without a proper understanding of the programme. Dr. Reddyasked corporates to expand services to districts for which the government would provide land. He promised three ultra-modern operation theatres at the Gandhi Hospital here. Former BJP president M. Venkaiah Naidu, who was also present, felt it should not surprise any one that he shared dais with a Congress Chief Minister as there were no enemies in politics. They could be political rivals but definitely not enemies.
Hospital chairman P. Nagarjuna Reddy and managing director Gopichand Mannam also spoke.
YSR leaves for Delhi
HYDERABAD: Amid heightened political activity among the Opposition parties, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s two-day visit to New Delhi has assumed significance.
Dr. Reddy left for Delhi on Sunday evening to call on Union Ministers as well as the party senior leaders, including AICC president Sonia Gandhi. He would be joined by AP Congress Committee president D. Srinivas on Monday.
He will meet the Central Ministers to take up with them issues such as fertilizer shortage, loan waiver for weavers, location of mining university in Telangana, forest and environmental clearances for the pending irrigation projects.
His meeting with Ms. Gandhi will be important, as they are expected to deliberate on the prevailing political situation in the State. Talk of grand alliance among the Opposition and the strategy to be adopted by the party will also figure during the meeting. Sources said Dr. Reddy would finalise the dates of Ms. Gandhi’s proposed visit to the State in October. The State Cabinet had last week decided to invite Ms. Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi to address five meetings.