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YSR extols virtues of united State
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy strongly favoured development of the Telugus in an integrated Andhra Pradesh as envisioned by its founding fathers who wanted to see their prosperity in their native soil.
Asserting that his government had indeed realised the dreams of these leaders, he referred to Shankarambadi Sundarachari, who scripted the ‘Maa Telugu Thalli’ song, and said the latter’s soul would bless the people of the State for the progress achieved during the last four-and-a-half years.
Similarly, Chief Minister of erstwhile Hyderabad State Burgula Ramakrishna Rao was keen that every person was proud of development in the united State. The present government had ensured this by bailing out the State from an economic crisis caused by the previous regime which frequently approached the Reserve Bank of India for overdrafts. He promised that the government would relentlessly strive for equal opportunities to all regions and sections of people in contrast to the “lopsided development” during the TDP government.
Speaking at the 53rd AP Formation Day celebrations, Dr. Reddy also referred to the sacrifices of Swami Ramananda Tirtha and Potti Sriramulu. He said that the government pursued the policy of equal opportunities in development.
The government was constantly reviewing whether equal opportunities were extended to different sections of people. As part of it, a lion’s share of 56 lakh acres was targeted for irrigation in Telangana region under Jalayagnam.
Dr. Reddy observed that the government proposed to extend the policy of equal opportunities to construction labour by evolving a health insurance scheme. About 50 lakh labourers would be entitled to a policy amount of Rs. two lakh in case of accidents, medical treatment and maternity facilities.
“Sonia’s decision on Telangana before poll”
Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy is committed to its implementation, says Moily
Says Congress will stand by its assurance in the common minimum programme
Other parties’ new love for Telangana is purely election-related
Congress in-charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh M. Veerappa Moily on Saturday said, party president Sonia Gandhi would take an appropriate decision on the Telangana statehood before the elections as the party stands by its assurance in the common minimum programme (CMP) of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on the issue.
He admitted that opposition to the formation of a separate Telangana state had come down following the softening of stand by the Telugu Desam and Left parties. He pointed out that the CMP says: “The UPA government will consider the demand for the formation of a Telangana state at an appropriate time after due consultations and consensus.”
Even Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy was committed to the implementation of the assurances in the CMP. He has already said that he would abide by the decision of the party high command, Mr. Moily said.
Talking to The Hindu here, he denied there were differences of opinion among the leaders of the Congress on the issue and emphasised that the Congress regime in the State had sustained its efforts on the development of Telangana from the beginning.
“The sudden expression of love for Telangana shown by some parties (read TDP) was not out of interest in the welfare of the people. It is purely election-related love.”
Such parties’ credibility will be exposed during polls as people know well who their real saviours are, he said.
YSR sticks to united AP stand on formation day
Even as the Congress government at the Centre is indicating that it is not averse to granting statehood to Telangana, chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy stuck to his united state stance by reiterating his commitment to development of all the three regions.
Speaking here on the occasion of the Andhra Pradesh Formation Day, Rajasekhara Reddy said his government would strive to provide equal opportunities to all the regions. He claimed that his government was keeping all the promises made before the elections.
He hailed the classical language status for Telugu as the state formation day gift from the central government and added that it was a matter of great pride for all Teluguspeaking people.
The chief minister said the launch of Chandrayaan from Sriharikota was a historic moment for Andhra Pradesh. A strong advocate of united Andhra Pradesh, the chief minister promised three more universities in Telangana. “Of the 17 new universities that have been set up in the state, Telangana got six, and three more will be added in the region. Premier institutions like Bits, IIT, Rajiv Technology Park and Jewellery Park are all coming up in this region,” he said.
He lashed out at the previous government for ignoring other parts of the state while developing only Hyderabad and Hitech City.
The chief minister later gave away “AP Police Mukhyamanthri Sourya Pathakams” to police officials and employees of different government departments.
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Telangana grew under me: CM
YSR faults TD for lack of overall growth; TRS protests AP Formation Day
The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, on Saturday claimed credit for development in Telangana. He said that the backward region witnessed real development during his rule. Supporting his claim, he said that around 56 acres of land in Telangana would be irrigated under the Jalayagnam scheme. He said that nine out of 20 proposed universities, IIT, BITS and the Rajiv Gandhi Technology Park are being established in Telangana. He said this while addressing a function on the 53rd AP Formation Day celebrations in Hyderabad.
His statement on Telangana gains significance in the wake of the Telugu Desam and the Praja Rajyam supporting the formation of a separate state. The Chief Minister blamed the previous TD government for lopsided growth in the state. He said that the state did not witness overall development, particularly in backward areas like Telangana, North Andhra, Rayalaseema, Prakasam and Nellore districts. “Four years ago, the rural economy collapsed completely under the TD. The government used to plead with Reserve Bank of India for overdrafts. We have now strengthened the state’s economy which has helped the people,” the Chief Minister said.
“The crop yield was only 135 lakh tonnes in 2003-04. Now it has gone up to 199 lakh tonnes due to schemes like free power, waiver of debts, subsidies on fertilisers,” Dr Reddy said. Meanwhile, the AP Formation Day celebrations were marred by protests by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti activists across the region.
TRS leaders shouted slogans against the government and tried to disrupt the celebrations in various districts like Karimnagar, Adilabad and Warangal. Police arrested TRS leaders when they tried to hoist black flag at collectorate of Medak district.
Tuljabai Thakur was the centre of attraction at the 53rd AP Formation Day celebrations at Indira Park. Tuljabai, 68, saved a family after miscreants torched their house during the riots at Bhainsa in Adilabad district.
She responded quickly and rescued a family which was attacked by miscreants. Five persons were in the house when it was torched.
The officials of Adilabad district administration brought the courageous act to the notice of the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy.
On a suggestion from the Chief Minister’s Office, the officials made arrangements for her to reach Hyderabad on the eve of AP Formation Day. Dr Rajasekhar Reddy felicitated her on Saturday and gave her a memento for her courage.
“Humanity is more than a religion. I did not find any difference between my family and that which I saved. The kids I rescued were of the same age as my grandchildren. That is why I saved them,” she told this newspaper.
The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, is still facing “eye trouble” despite undergoing four cataract-related surgeries in the last one year.
At present, his left eye, which was operated upon recently, looks bigger when compared to his right eye. Also, much to the discomfort of the Chief Minister, the right eye has started drooping. This is especially evident when Dr Reddy faces the TV cameras and when he goes out to the sun.
However, Dr Kasu Prasada Reddy, who performed the surgeries on the Chief Minister’s eyes, said there was nothing to panic.
“We have to perform another surgery on his right eye to correct the drooping problem and then both his sight and his appearance will be normal,” he said. “We are hoping to do it in December.” The Chief Minister, who is almost 60, had developed eye troubles after his 1,600-km padayatra in 2003 when he really faced the wrath of the sun.
“I removed his cataract using ultrasound device,” said Dr Prasada Reddy. “The Chief Minister does not want to use glasses, and so I had to perform multi focal IOL.” Later, the Chief Minister developed ptosis (drooping eyelids) for which another surgery was conducted on his left eye.
“I do have a problem in the right eye. I’ll undergo a surgery in December as I am busy this month,” Dr Rajasekhar Reddy said.