Monthly pensions for SHG women promised
Continuing its spree of sops to various sections, the State Government has announced provision of pensions to Self-Help Group women who attain the age of 60.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said the pension scheme would be contributory in nature. The DWCRA women members enrolled under the scheme should contribute Re. 1 a day and the Government would contribute the equal amount. This would amount to contribution of Rs. 365 each by the beneficiary and the Government towards their pension.
Dr. Reddy who participated in a convention of SHG women here on Sunday hinted that a fund on the lines of Provident Fund would be constituted and monthly pensions paid to women from the corpus that would accumulate over the years. The Government is committed to ensure that women secure handsome monthly pension depending on the number of years they continue their contribution before attaining 60 years.
The Chief Minister said his Government had introduced various schemes for the welfare of poor and downtrodden sections as empowering them was one of the ways for poverty eradication. Several schemes like Arogya Sri had been launched to provide quality medicare to the poor and efforts were on to provide education to the underprivileged.
It is for the women to imbibe financial discipline and ensure that they get maximum benefits out of the schemes. He outlined various measures launched for women empowerment and reiterated that the Government is committed to fulfil its assurance of making each of the one crore SHG women a ‘lakhpati’. Interacting with the Chief Minister, women explained how the schemes helped them.
YSR turns down power tariff hike proposal
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has turned down plea by the APTRANSCO officials to hike the power tariff for the year 2009-10.
Responding to an appeal by the power utility officials that they will not be able to cope with the ever increasing expenditure in the power sector, Dr. Reddy made it very clear that the tariff would not be hiked for the next five years. “Let any financial crisis come, our Government is committed not to increase the prices. We will bear the cost and there will be no attempt to increase the tariff by even a paisa,” he is stated to have told the officials.
He said that the Congress party is committed to continue free power for the farmer sector and urged the officials to cooperate in continuing the scheme.
He directed officials to improve internal efficiency and referred to Rs. 6,800 crore saved so far in the power sector.
Sources in the Chief Minister’s Office on Sunday said that in wake of the Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) proposals submitted to the AP Electricity Regulatory Authority (APERA) for fixes of charges for the year 2009-10, APTRANSCO CMD Suthirtha Bhattacharya and other senior officials met Dr. Reddy.
Mr. Bhattacharya, according to them, urged the Chief Minister to permit the power utility to increase the tariff by at least 10 paisa per unit. Dr. Reddy pointed out that power reforms did not mean increasing the tariff.
Arrangements for YSR’s visit reviewed
Commercial Taxes Minister Konathala Ramakrishna on Sunday reviewed arrangements for Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy’s visit to the city on December 12.
After a meeting with people’s representatives and officials, he visited the Circuit House Junction where a statue of former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao is proposed to be installed.
He later visited Asilmetta where the Chief Minister is scheduled to lay the foundation for a flyover.
He inspected the Rajiv Gruhakalpa houses at Paradesipalem to be inaugurated by Dr. Rajasekhar Reddy.
District Collector Sanjay Kumar, Police Commissioner N. Sambasiva Rao, GVMC Commissioner B. Sridhar, Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao, Zilla Parishad Chairman G. Ramamurthy Naidu, MLAs S. Ranga Raju, Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao, Tippala Gurumurthy Reddy, U.V. Ramana Murthy Raju and Karanam Dharmasri, Zilla Grandhalaya Samstha Chairman Thota Nagesh accompanied the Minister.