Jagan attends party review meeting called by YSR
Candidates will get party ticket based on merit: Chief Minister
Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, son of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, on Saturday attended a review meeting convened by his father with the party leaders from Kadapa district.
While Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy, who is tipped to contest the next Lok Sabha elections from Kadapa, has been active in the party programmes in his native district, this is the first time, he made an appearance at the Chief Minister’s camp office for the review meeting.
Party sources said Dr. Reddy made it clear to the leaders from Rajampet, Rayachoti, Kamalapuram and Railway Kodur that there were many aspirants for the Assembly tickets. Only the best candidate would get the ticket based on merit and survey reports, the Chief Minister reportedly pointed out.
He is understood to have instructed the party leaders to take the Government’s programme to the grassroots level. They were asked to hold constituency level meetings to publicise the welfare and developmental programmes undertaken by the Government in the last four years.
Kadapa Member of Parliament Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy, Rajampet MP Sai Pratap, suspended TDP MLA G. Veerashiva Reddy, Prabhavathamma (Rajampet), MLC Putta Narasimha Reddy and Kadapa Mayor Ravindranath Reddy attended.
YSR’s directive on salaries to contract staff
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Saturday ordered that salaries/wages be paid on the first day of the month to all contract, outsourced and work-charged employees of the government.
Reviewing the problems faced by these sections, Dr Reddy, at the same time, asked senior officials and heads of departments to keep a tab on outsourcing agencies so that they would not take a higher commission than allowed and would not fleece the staff engaged by them. Chief Secretary P. Ramakanth Reddy was directed to convene a meeting of secretaries and heads of departments on December 3 to work out a plan to implement the decision.
“You must know. These employees too work for eight hours a day and have families. I am receiving complaints regularly against non-payment of salaries to them. Put an end to this lapse,” Dr. Reddy said.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Ministers K. Rosaiah (Finance), and D. Prasada Rao (Revenue).
YSR to review housing programme on Oct. 25
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will have a meeting with district officials in his chambers on October 25 on the implementation of housing programme, according to Younis Sultan, former MLA and Congress leader.
Addressing a news conference here, he said he had made a representation to the Chief Minister on the issue of house sites recently.
All principal opposition parties, including the Telugu Desam, the CPI(M) and the CPI, had been making a hue and cry over the issue.
He said that the requirement of land for one-time fulfilment of the demand for house sites would be of the order of 200 acres.
Some 1,000 acres of government land was identified in Khammam urban mandal alone.
By allotting one-fifth of the land available, the demand for house sites could be fully met in the district headquarters town, he said.
He pointed out only 1,000 of the 3,500 applications received in the first phase of the Indiramma programme could merit consideration for housing.
Some 16,000 applications were received in the second and third phases and only 10,500 of them were declared eligible, he said.