Muslim mass marriages performed
With getting one square meal a day their biggest worry, marriage is farthest from their minds. But on Wednesday Shaikh Mehboob and Nazeer Ahmed were the happiest of persons when their daughters got married in style. The best part was they didn’t have to spend a pie.
It was a dream come true for several such poor parents in the city as their daughters got wedded in a ‘mass marriage’ ceremony performed for the first time by the State government. A total of 44 underprivileged Muslim girls from twin cities and neighbouring Ranga Reddy district entered into wedlock. Elsewhere in the State 152 poor girls were married off.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who graced the mass marriage function, held at Haj House, said government was only a facilitator. Maulana Hameeduddin Aaquil Husami performed the ‘nikah’. Essential articles worth Rs. 15,000 were presented to each couple.
Four couples were married on Wednesday at the government-sponsored mass marriage programme for Muslim minorities here.
Adilabad MLA C. Ramchander Reddy and Collector Ahmad Nadeem participated in the ceremony.
In his address, Mr. Reddy pointed out that the State government had allocated Rs. 5 crore for performing mass marriages of couples belonging to the minorities.
He assured the beneficiaries of taking the demand for increasing the financial aid from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 25,000 to the notice of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
YSR chants unity mantra
Pallam Raju in charge of Tuni and Pithapuram
‘Repeat 2004 results when party won 18 seats’
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has asked the East Godavari Congress leaders to sink their differences and put up a united show to take on opposition parties, including Praja Rajyam, in the next elections.
At a review meeting with the constituency-level leaders of Tuni, Pithapuram and Rampachodavaram (erstwhile Yellavaram ST) here on Wednesday night at the camp office, Dr. Reddy attributed the poor performance in these constituencies due to internal differences and non-cooperation for certain partymen. He wanted them to take forward the good work done by the Government in the last four years.
Minister of State for Defence M. M. Pallam Raju was made in charge of Tuni and Pithapuram constituencies while the Social Welfare Minister Pilli Subash Chandra Bose was asked to concentrate on Rampachodavaram. Mr. Bose was asked to tour the constituency one day in a week. The Chief Minister, according to sources, reportedly noted that the party had not won these seats after 1978. He said the 2004 poll results where the party won 18 out of the 21 seats could be replicated if every body put up a united effort. He cited the party’s spectacular performance in the municipal election, when the party won all the 30 wards in the Municipality. The seat is represented by former Speaker Yanamala Ramakrishnudu. Speaking to reporters, Mr. Pallam Raju said the Chief Minister brought all the mandal-level leaders of these segments on a common platform to resolve differences, if any. East Godavari District Congress Committee president and Zilla Parishad Chairman, Venugopal said the leaders assured that they would work hard to bag these seats.
YSR empowered women economically: Jagan
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was extending Rs. 11,000 crore as loans under `Pavala vaddi’ to women as part of his endeavour to empower them, YSR Foundation Chairman Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy said on Wednesday.
He participated in interest-free loan distribution at Proddatur by district TDP official spokesman Kovvuru Ramesh Reddy, who quit the TDP and joined Congress.
He visited the residence of Koneti Narasimha Reddy and admitted him and State Telugu Mahila secretary Koneti Sunanda and their followers into Congress. While the Congress Government was economically empowering women by bearing nine per cent interest under pavala vaddi scheme, the previous TDP Government gave only Rs. 700 crore, he asserted. Mr. Ramesh Reddy said he rejoined the Congress attracted by the programmes undertaken by the Chief Minister. He charged Mr. Chandrababu Naidu with ignoring him and his group.
ZP chief D. Jyothi Reddy, Kamalapuram MLA G. Veerasiva Reddy, DCC president K. Suresh Babu, and Congress leaders A. Amarnath Reddy and E.V. Sudhakar Reddy also spoke.
Fresh hope for school dropouts in A.P.
Open school system will enable them get SSC certificate
OSS to offer ‘distance education at primary level from Class I to X
The candidate would need to attend only 45 classes in five subjects
The government on Wednesday launched an “Open School Society” (OSS) to offer “distance education” at primary level too, from Class I to X, thus implementing a long-pending proposal of the Education Department.
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy symbolically inaugurated the new initiative by releasing a book of rules prescribed for the open school education in the presence of Rajiv Vidya Mission & District Primary Education Project Minister M. Hanumantha Rao.
The open school system aims at benefiting dropouts and those who suffer from age-bar.
As Class X certificate is made compulsory for driving licences and absorption in small-time jobs, the OSS will provide them an opportunity to get it.
Mr. Rao announced at a press conference later that OSS would offer the open education at Class III, Class V, Class VII and Class X levels but, to begin with, it was confined to Class X only.
The candidate would need to attend only 45 classes in five subjects which would be conducted in Telugu, English and Urdu on second Saturdays and Sundays.
They would be issued the certificate once they obtained the required grade. If the candidate has already passed Class IX, he would need to attend to only three subjects.
Those successful in getting the grade, could directly join Intermediate course in regular colleges.
Fee valid for 5 years
A fee of Rs. 600 has been fixed for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Tribes and Backward Classes, minorities and women, and Rs. 1,000 for open category.
The fee paid would be valid for five years, Mr. Rao said, explaining that the candidate could repeat attempts with the same fee in case he fails to get the grade in the first attempt.
The Minister said one regular school in each mandal had been selected for conduct of the classes with the co-ordination of its headmaster and teachers.