YSR to hold meetings with party leaders
In a bid to gear up the Congress party for the next elections, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has decided to hold Assembly constituency-wise meetings to understand the field situation by taking firsthand account from respective leaders from Thursday.
Even as other political parties have plunged headlong to forge alliances, the Congress party is preparing itself to hold constituency-wise meetings to get first hand information about the ground reality in the State.
Dr. Reddy will first hold a meeting with Mines and Geology Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy, representing Chevella constituency, and Ranga Reddy DCC president K. M. Pratap.
The Chief Minister will conduct the meetings for two hours from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. besides talking to important leaders through teleconference.
Over the next 30 days, the Chief Minister will complete interaction with the leaders of 150 Assembly constituencies and ask them to hold similar meetings with he APCC president D. Srinivas. Attention would also be paid to constituencies where the party does not have representation.
Talk of alliances, and emergence of Praja Rajyam Party, are some of the issues which will prominently figure in these daily discussions.
Dr. Reddy conducted similar meetings before the bye-elections in May and made sure that ‘disappointed aspirants’ too worked for the party in as many constituencies as possible.
All-party team calls on Chief Minister
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy assured an all-party delegation led by TDP legislator Ch. Rajeswara Rao, that all possible steps would be taken by the Government to redress the grievances of the weavers of Sircilla within a week.
The delegation comprising the Congress, TDP, TRS, Left parties , BJP and Praja Rajyam leaders from Sircilla met the Chief Minister and Minister for Textiles P. Sabitha Indra Reddy with a charter of demands.
The leaders wanted the Government to finalise a long-term strategy by declaring Sircilla as a textile Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and design policies and programmes to integrate people in the primary production and safeguard their economic and social advancement.
They suggested that the Government purchase the piled up stock of 1-crore metres of cloth costing about Rs. 15 crore and assure employment to all those working in the 26,000 powerlooms. The leaders said, the industry could be made viable if free and continuous power to the looms was ensured.
Mr. Rajeswara Rao also urged the Government to sanction ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the families of the weavers who ended their lives and extend three per cent interest to the powerloom self- help societies. He said the establishment of a special State-run institution like the Tamil Nadu Co-optex was necessary to buy the produced cloth.
Rice price rise annoys Rajasekhara Reddy
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Wednesday expressed strong displeasure at the failure of his Ministers and the bureaucracy to check the spiralling price of rice since the past few months.
“We are the largest producer of paddy and there was a record grain production in the past two years. Yet, the open market price of rice remains very high. This is strange. What have you done?” Dr. Reddy said at a meeting with the Group of Ministers (GoM) and officials to review the prices.
“When the procurement price of rice is Rs. 1,430 and Rs.1,480 a quintal for common and ‘A’ grade varieties respectively, why is the price Rs. 20 a kg and above in the open market? Bring down the price to Rs. 15 a kg for common variety and Rs. 16 for ‘A’ grade. I want this to be strictly adhered to. No more excuses,” Dr. Reddy said.
He asked Finance Minister K. Rosaiah to convene a meeting of the GoM with rice millers, traders and the Departments concerned to bring the held-over stocks with millers into the open market immediately.
He directed officials to seal the inter-State borders to prevent the movement of rice. He warned that stringent action would be initiated if millers and traders failed to cooperate.
Better cardiac facility at Gandhi Hospital
Gandhi Hospital will be able to conduct over 1,000 cardiac surgeries a year. Thanks to the Arogyasri scheme, construction of three state-of-the-art operation theatres is complete, the inauguration of which will be done by the Chief Minister on Thursday.
Interestingly, the cardio-thoracic team of surgeons from the hospital has contributed from their pockets nearly Rs. 5 lakh by waiving-off their incentives to equip the operation theatres with necessary tools. Over Rs. 2 crore was spent for the construction of the new cardiac operation theatres.
Speaking to media persons on Wednesday Superintendent of the hospital B. Balraju said that the government had spent an additional Rs. 75 lakh to purchase high-end equipment for neurology department.
“The neurology wards have been spruced up and the department would be able to function fully up to its potential,” Dr. Balraju said.
The new cardiology wing will function 24 hours.
Governor, YSR greet Muslims on Id
Governor N. D. Tiwari and Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy greet the Muslim community on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr.
‘Pranadanam’ funds for super speciality centre
The Rs.180 crore funds lying unutilised in ‘Pranadanam’ account is set to be diverted for the development of SVIMS super specialty hospital and SV Ramnarain Ruia Government General Hospital in Tirupati.
‘Pranadanam’ scheme has been a tremendous success, thanks to the funds provided by philanthropists and the temple management to meet the expenditure of life-saving surgeries performed on poor patients. However, the funds have remained unused for quite some time with the advent of ‘Rajiv Arogyasri’.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy gave a formal ‘go-ahead’ to the SVIMS authorities to this effect during his visit to the hospital on Wednesday, where he inaugurated the Regional Cancer Centre and laid stone for a Positron Emission-computed Tomography (PET) Centre. He agreed to leverage the ‘Pranadanam’ funds in favour of SVIMS and asked the director G. Subramanyam to use it for the development of the neighbouring Ruia hospital too.
Rejecting the director’s plea to permit construction of the proposed medical college in the existing campus, Dr.Reddy directed him to adhere to the actual plan to establish the Rs.35 crore college at the new premises being developed near the Renigunta airport. As the SVIMS – Kanchi Kamakoti Trust tie-up for setting up the medical college had come to a standstill, he agreed to alienate the land in favour of SVIMS. He also congratulated SVIMS for completing 2000 surgeries in one year under ‘Rajiv Arogyasri’, the highest by a corporate hospital in the state.
Minister for Medical Education Galla Arunakumari appealed to YSR to upgrade SVIMS into a regular university so that it could affiliate medical, paramedical and dental colleges in Rayalaseema region. Ministers R. Chenga Reddy (Technical Education), Botsa Satyanarayana (Housing), Anam Ramanarayana Reddy (Tourism) and others participated.