YSR unveils statue of PV
Narasimha Rao will remain a source of inspiration for all, he says
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy utilised the regional conference of Gramaikya Sanghams (women SHGs) of north coastal Andhra districts held here on Friday to applaud the good work being done by the SHGs and also to criticise the Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Some thousands of office-bearers of 4,155 village-level SHGs of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts thronged the Port outdoor stadium and presidents and secretaries of the three district-level Gramaikya Sanghams shared the front row on the dais with Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy.
“In the past you were selling vegetables in the streets or doing small businesses.
But today you are running dairies, milk chilling plants, tailoring centers and other big businesses. Every group in a village is a mini-bank.
You are inspiring others and the link between the Government and the common people in promoting our good programmers. The Government will provide more support to you”, Dr. Reddy said while praising the women SHG members.
While TDP provided Rs.700 crores as bank loans during its last year of rule, the Congress Government introduced the Paavala Vaddi scheme and hiked the amount to Rs.1,100 crores during its first year and increased it every year to reach Rs.12,500 crores year.
It would like to increase it to Rs.23, 000 crores during the next two to three years and reach Rs. 1 lakh crore mark in near future. “Every woman must be a lakhier”, he said. The work being done by SHGs under the Indira Kranti Pathakam should inspire the entire nation, the Chief Minister said and wanted the members to guide others in the villages and solve their problems.
Turning the occasion into an election meeting, Dr. Reddy cautioned the women groups not to fall prey to what Mr. Babu would say and the promises he was making.
In the past Mr. Babu utilised the SHG women to make up crowds for his meetings but has done no help.
Now he was promising to waive the loans to farmers and DWCRA women, which totalled more than the State’s revenue Dr. Reddy said and wanted the women to question Mr. Babu on his promises.
Taking a dig at the Praja Rajyam leader Chiranjeevi, Dr. Reddy said his party did not believe in challenges but only wanted to serve the people. Earlier, Rural Development Minister G. Chinna Reddy explained about the SHGs and Paavala Vaddi and urged the women to help the Congress in the next elections. Secretary of Visakhapatnam district Gramaikya Sangham Nagamani presided.
A pleasant experience for Chief Minister
Grama Samaikya Sangham members narrate their success stories
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday left the Port stadium as a happy man after attending the regional conference of village-level office-bearers of the Grama Samaikya Sanghams as their representatives explained how well they have been benefited by ‘Paaval Vaddi’ and many other schemes that come under the Indira Kranti Pathakam.
Dr. Reddy said it was the vision of late Indira Gandhi and wish of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to help women and he found them that they have empowered themselves and were helping the others too. Several Sangahm members from Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts narrated their success stories, finer details of all schemes, even expansions for abbreviations of the scheme, etc. and Dr. Reddy kept on exclaiming “Oh God” and “Wonderful, Wonderful” in great joy and wanted thousands of women to clap and clap harder if they found the Government schemes good for them. He could not hide his joy when the SHGs’ representatives wished that he should continue to be Chief Minister forever. They raised a slogan “Paavala Vaddi, Rajasekhara Reddy”.
It started with Nagamani of Srikakulam telling that she could stand on her own feet after losing her husband. Then followed the experiences of Arji Venkatalakshmi of Bheemunipatnam, who started a tailoring unit; Mokara Papamma of Maddi of Padmanabham mandal who learnt to read and write after joining the SHG group and proudly said she is “M. Papamma, in English”; Gangaratnam of Golugonda mandal who could bear a child after four successive miscarriages or death of infants very early, due to taking nutritious food under the programme; S. Ramulamma of Vizianagaram district, whose SHG is managing an insurance scheme and made Rs. 1. 5 crores profit; a tribal woman P. Meenakshi of Patapatnam mandal successfully managing her fields depending only on natural fertilizers, a Dalit farmer D. Yellamma of Bobbili mandal who could clear all debts and is now planning to provide the best education for her children, and Uppu Venkatalakshmi of Anakapalle town, who gained confidence and respect of others thanks to the pensions and other help from the Government and Hymavathi of Darsingi in Devarapalli mandal, Aruna of Gajapathinagaram mandal and B. Vijayalakshmi of Vizag city.
But as the SHG members started telling their experiences, it became obvious that the most successful women were selected and trained to perfection to talk to the Chief Minister. Their experiences also provided a good publicity to the Government schemes.
On the dais were Ministers Konathala Ramakrishna and Kanna Lakshminarayana, MP T. Subbarami Reddy, Principal Secretary to Rural Development Department K. Raju and CEO of Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty T. Vijaya Kumar besides others.
Agriculture Coops to go online from tomorrow
YSR to launch the facility taken up at a cost of Rs. 100 crore
The computerisation scheme christened as ‘Sahakara Pragati’
PACS secretaries and DCCB directors to attend the inaugural
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will launch online services for Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PAC s) taken up at a cost of Rs.100 crores at a function in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Informing this to media persons here on Friday, District Co-operative Central Bank Ltd. Chairman Balireddy Satya Rao said a grant of Rs.100 crores was released for computerisation of PAC s and linking them with DCCB s as per the recommendations of the Vaidyanathan Committee.
He said the Rajasekhara Reddy Government was the first in the country to reach an agreement with the Centre and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for taking up this programme, christened ‘Sahakara Pragati’, for total computerisation of 2,736 PAC s. He said the presidents and secretaries of all PAC s in the State, chairmen and directors of all DCCB s would attend the inauguration.
Mr. Satya Rao said claims to the tune of Rs.107.26 crores for 75,345 farmers in the district were submitted under the loan waiver scheme of the Centre. So far, Rs. 60.06 crores was released in two phases. He said the State Government had plans to give an incentive of Rs.5,000 to each farmer, who was not ineligible for the loan waiver scheme.
He said the number of PAC s was brought down to 98 from 111 as per the recommendations of the Vaidyanathan Committee. Of these, 87 PACs received Rs. 67 crores in two phases from the Central and State Governments. A common accounting system was introduced on April 1 this year following the computerisation of PACs and the staff and officials of PACs and DCCB were given training. The 11 PACs in the agency mandals couldn’t avail of various packages as they couldn’t recover at least 50 per cent of the advances.
Replying to queries, he said the bad debts of the bank were Rs. 42 crores, when he took over as chairman. He attributed it to the lopsided policies of the previous Telugu Desam Government.
The deposits of the bank increased from Rs. 164 crores to Rs.205 crores after he took over.
He said the ‘pavala vaddi’ scheme would be extended to PACs members from next year on the lines of DWCRA members.
Chief Project Officer of Integrated Cooperative Development Society T. Venkateswara Rao said Rs. 5 crores would be spent on provision of basic amenities at PACs in the district.
Stone laid for flyover
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday laid the foundation stone for a flyover from Asilmetta to the railway station.
Ministers Konathala Ramakrishna, Kanna Lakshminarayana, Rajya Sabha MP T. Subbarami Reddy, Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao, several MLAs and MLCs and others attended a simple ceremony held to mark the occasion near Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation’s headquarters.
Dr. Reddy enquired about the salient features of the project and instructed the contractor to complete the work before 24-month schedule.
The estimated cost of the flyover is Rs. 61.70 crores. It is being taken up under the Rs. 452-crore Bus Road Transit System project. The work order has been allotted to M. Venkat Rao Infra Ltd. on a turnkey basis.
Fifty per cent of funding is given by the Central Government and the balance is borne jointly by GVMC and the State Government.
The flyover will have a length of 1,100 meters with a bridge portion of 706.75 meters. It will have two-lane carriageway each with a width of 7.5 meters.
Land for sports complex sought
The District Olympic Association (DOA) requested Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to allot land for constructing a sports complex of international standards to provide training and competition facility for city sportspersons.
The mega sports complex is necessary for the fast-growing city, which lacked sufficient training areas, and play fields for the lot of talent available in the city, the DOA delegation explained to Dr. Reddy during his visit to the city on Friday.
The DOA wanted the Chief Minister to allot 40 acres of land at Mudasarlova in city outskirts, which was most suitable for the multi-purpose modern sports complex.
Such a facility under the control of Government would also help the city to produce medal winners in Olympics and other international events, they said.
Vice-Chairman T.S.R. Prasad, vice-president of DOA G.V. Ravi Raju and others submitted the memorandum to Dr. Reddy at the airport.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday described former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao as a great visionary, astute politician and a statesman.
After unveiling the lifesize bronze statue at Circuit House junction, he thanked the P.V. Narasimha Statue Committee for its initiative and said the late Prime Minister would remain a source of inspiration for all.
Lauding PV’s efforts to liberalise the economy by inducting Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister as his Finance Minister, he said PV had won the appreciation the world-over for his command to speak and read in 13 languages.
A voracious reader, he said PV was very soft spoken, humble and down to earth in his approach all throughout his life.
Recalling his contribution for land reforms and putting an end to fears over privatisation of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Dr. Reddy said he had made the Telugus proud by occupying the office the Prime Minister at a critical juncture and successfully completing his term by proving his administrative capability.
He said PV was also instrumental in spearheading DWCRA revolution in the State by benefiting one crore women with a loan of Rs.11, 500 crores under Pavala Vaddi scheme.
PV’s sons, Ranga Rao and Prabhakar Rao were also present. Dr. Ranga Rao, MLC, thanked Dr. Reddy for installing the statue of his father at an important junction of Visakhapatnam.
While Dr. Reddy was felicitated by Sadguru Sivananda Murthy of Ananda Vanam, the former presented a shawl to senior citizen and engineer S. Gopala Sastry. Visakha-I MLA Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao presided.
YSR promises flats for all eligible families
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday said single bedroom flats would be given to all eligible persons on easy instalments as per the pre-poll promise of the Congress.
Speaking at a meeting after inaugurating houses built under Rajiv Gruhakalpa at Pardesipalem here, he complimented the beneficiaries for getting decent flats at a nominal cost. “I am very happy that the cost of each flat will be Rs.10 lakhs. In addition to this, the construction cost is around Rs.1 lakh. Hence, you have got a flat worth Rs.11 lakhs for just Rs.52, 000,” he said amid loud cheers. Dr. Reddy said nowhere in the history, poor people had been given flats at such a throwaway price. He said the banks had agreed to collect an EMI of Rs.500 for seven years. Each beneficiary has to pay Rs.52, 000 including initial payment of Rs.10, 000.
During the interaction with the beneficiaries, he was told that a woman teacher, who also earns extra money by stitching clothes, used to pay Rs.1, 200 towards rent for a small tenement at Maddilapalem. The woman said she was earning Rs.2, 500 as a private school teacher and was very happy to get the flat. She said her son was studying B.Sc after she took a loan under Rajiv Yuva Shakti.
Suramma of China Waltair, said her son, a daily wage labourer and his family were leading a happy life after they were allotted a house under Rajiv Gruhakalpa. Earlier, leaders of Nagara community lauded his leadership and felicitated him for notifying their caste as BC (D). Ministers Konathala Ramakrishna, Kanna Lakshminarayana, Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao, Rajya Sabha MP T. Subbarami Reddy were present.
Chief Minister showers praise on SHG women
You are the link between government and common people in promoting our programmes, he says
Every group in a village is a mini-bank, he says
Urges women not to get carried away by TDP president’s promises