No backtracking on promises: Chief Minister
‘Government prepared to spend whatever is required for development of backward areas’
KAMAREDDY (NIZAMABAD DT.):
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said his government is prepared to spend whatever amount is required for the development of backward areas and there is no question of backtracking from its promises made to people.
Addressing a public meeting after laying foundation to the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Pranahita Chevella Sujala Sravanti (package 20th to 22nd), here on Sunday, he said the project costing Rs. 38,500 crore once completed would provide water to 16.5 lakh acres in Telangana.
“Many are sceptical of the completion of this mega project which is going to be the biggest lift irrigation scheme in the country. They say that Rs. 2.50 lakh is required for providing irrigation to one acre of land which values just Rs.70,000 through this project, let alone Rs.13,000 for electricity per year.”
“Our Government, however, does not mind the expenditure for developing backward areas, backward castes and tribes on par with the developed ones. This is our goal and we will certainly complete the project,” he reiterated.
Dr. Reddy said there was an opinion among people of this district that they were not getting any benefit with Sriramsagar Project as it irrigated only Karimnagar and Warangal.
However, if the project in question was completed it would irrigate 3.04 lakh acres in 25 parched mandals of the district. For 16 tmcf of water which would be drawn from foreshore of Godavari for these three packages in the district the lower reaches districts of Karimnagar and Warangal would be given water from Yellampalli, said the Chief Minister.
PCC president D. Srinivas, Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy, Electricity Minister Shabbir Ali and Yellareddy MLA B. Janardhan Goud spoke. Among those who present were Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, MP Madhu Goud Yaskhi, ZP Chairman Taher Bin Hamdan and MLAs and MLCs.
Movement of vehicular traffic came to a grinding halt on the National Highway-7 following Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy’s arrival and departure on Sunday.
Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on both sides of the road. Vehicles including trucks, private cars and even RTC buses were stopped by police by putting barricades a few kilometers away from the town. A large number of trucks lined up on right side of the road from Adlur Yellareddy X road to the north and the line touched a few kilometers.
YSR to pray at Basar temple
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy will lay the foundation stone for the Pranahita-Chevella irrigation project at Tummidihetti village in Koutala mandal of Adilabad district on December 16. The Chief Minister will first arrive at Basar at 11.30 a.m. and interact with officials and students of IIIT there besides offering prayers at the famous Gnana Saraswati temple. He will arrive at Tummidihetti at 2 p.m. where he will also address a public meeting.
Farmers may get insurance against total crop loss: YSR
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has stated that the Centre was working out a comprehensive agricultural insurance package with village as a unit. While including more crops in the list, it was also looking at insuring farmers against total crop loss.
This follows the Andhra Pradesh model in taking village as a unit, instead of a mandal earlier; Dr. Reddy told a packed gathering at the inaugural of ‘Sahakara Pragati’, a project to computerise the primary agricultural cooperative societies (PACS).
An initiative of the AP State Cooperative Bank (APCOB), city-based Co Options Technologies is the technology partner in the computerization on a public-private partnership model. Vasanta Nageswar Rao, APCOB president, said the project would help citizens transact business at a PACS itself. Subrahmanyam Yadavalli, managing director, CoOptions Technologies, said it would provide free software, hardware and other related services over two-year duration.
Emulate national parties:YSR
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has urged the Opposition parties in the State to take a cue from the happenings at the national level where the NDA had extended whole-hearted support to the UPA government in its fight against terrorism and emulate the same example here.
“Similar spirit of mutual support and coordination should be extended by the Opposition parties to the State government not only in the fight against Maoists or terrorists but also in creating social welfare and development infrastructure for the well-being of the people,” Dr. Reddy remarked according to a press note issued here on Sunday. He said the Opposition parties should work in coordination with the State government in its task of social, economic and cultural upliftment of the poorest of the poor by creating opportunities and infrastructure for them.
The Chief Minister’s comments came in the wake of recent charges against the government’s ambitious irrigation, housing projects and Rajiv Arogyasri. After exhausting all avenues of demonstrations, dharnas and agitations at the state level, the Opposition parties had chosen to take their campaign to the national level, he said in an obvious reference to their campaign against Babli at Delhi.
YSR’s plea to Opposition
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Sunday urged the Opposition parties in the State to take a cue from the happenings at the national level where the NDA had extended whole-hearted support to the UPA Government in its fight against terrorism and emulate the same example here.