Social Welfare gets more funds
Rs. 818 crore to be spent under ‘special component plan’
Rs. 250 cr. to be credit guarantee corpus fund
An additional amount of Rs.818 crore will be spent on uplift and welfare of the Scheduled Castes under the ‘special component plan’ funds during the current fiscal.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who reviewed the special component plan of various departments here on Friday, agreed to the proposal to allot unspent funds by departments like Irrigation, Roads & Buildings under the plan to Social Welfare Department for spending on education, hostels, housing and employment for SC and STs.
Giving the details of the review meeting, Social Welfare Minister P. Subhash Chandra Bose said that of the sum of Rs.818 crore allotted to the nodal agency, Rs.440 crore would be spent on construction of houses and government would sanction Rs.20,000 directly to beneficiaries of housing scheme to cut down delay in sanction of bank loans. An amount of Rs.300 crore would be released for SC, ST entrepreneurs under the State-level credit guarantee scheme.
He also said that Rs.27 crore would be released to meritorious SC students studying in corporate colleges, Rs.22 crore for construction of 400 hostels for SC college students and Rs.25 crore for renovation of Ambedkar Bhavans and community halls.
New Year gift
Minister for Major Industries J. Geeta Reddy, describing the government’s decision as a New Year gift for SCs, said that Rs.250 crore would be sanctioned as corpus fund for the State-level credit guarantee scheme for sanction of loans to SC, ST entrepreneurs without collateral security. Another Rs.54 crore would be released to SC, ST entrepreneurs whose applications were pending with AP State Financial Corporation, the nodal agency, as it had exhausted its allocation.
Spread peace, love: YSR
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy said that the message of peace and love propagated by Jesus Christ was relevant even in present-day society.
Participating in the Christmas celebrations at Jubilee Hall on Friday, Dr. Reddy said there was a need for people to spread the message of peace and love in the State.
He said the Congress government had done its best to redress the grievances of the Christian community in the State and promised that the pending issues would be solved without delay.
Dr. Reddy cut a Christmas cake to mark the occasion amid rendition of songs by a choir.
Archbishop Marampudi Joji and Moderator’s Commissery, Church of South India, Medak Diocese, Rev. P. Suryaprakash, and other pastors were present.
The Chief Minister’s Cabinet colleagues, K. Rosaiah, K. Jana Reddy, J. Geeta Reddy, M. Mukesh, Maganti Venkateswara Rao, P.Sabitha Indra Reddy, N. Rajyalakshmi, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president D. Srinivas and BJP State chief Bandaru Dattatreya and others attended.
United Christmas Celebrations Committee representatives K.R.W. Yesudas, Stanley Babu and others were present.
Daily water for L.B. Nagar, Kukatpally soon
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board is exploring the possibility of extending daily water supply to Kukatpally and L.B. Nagar areas in the near future.
The Metro Water Board is now providing daily supply to 3.6 lakh connections out of four lakh connections in core city. It can extend the facility to rest of surrounding municipal areas now part of Greater Hyderabad once the old water lines were replaced. But the facility could be extended to Kukatpally and L.B. Nagar without much difficulty as their main water pipelines passed through the city, said Board Managing Director G. Ashok Kumar after a review meeting addressed by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday. The replacement of old water lines would entail an expenditure of Rs.2, 000 crore and different funding agencies including World Bank, ADB were willing to part fund the amount, he said. Mr. Ashok Kumar said that Esco Company had come forward to replace 25 motors of Manjira project and set up new sub-stations at a cost of Rs.25 crore and maintain the pumping system for 10 years. The amount thus saved through energy efficiency would be shared by the company (80 per cent) and the Water Board (11 Per cent).
The Board also started mapping of 1.25 lakh manholes in the city for creating a database with unique identification number for each manhole, its GPS position for better monitoring. Nalla Cheruvu STP was ready for inauguration and it would help improve quality of Musi water, he said.
S.V. Subba Reddy meets YSR
Senior Telugu Desam leader S. V. Subba Reddy met Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy at his camp office here on Friday evening setting off speculation that he was planning to join the Congress.
Mr. Subba Reddy, who represents Pattikonda Assembly constituency in Kurnool district, has been maintaining a low profile in the TDP for sometime now. He is said to be unhappy with the TDP leadership for not giving him a firm assurance of a party ticket from Pattikonda in the general elections.
It is believed that former Minister K. E. Prabhakar, brother of Polit Bureau member K. E. Krishnamurthy, is tipped to contest the next elections from the constituency.
Mr. Subba Reddy’s daughter Shoba Nagi Reddy and son-in-law Bhuma Nagi Reddy deserted the TDP to join the Praja Rajyam. The veteran leader has been nursing a grouse with the party ever since he was dropped from the Chandrababu Naidu Cabinet some five years ago.
Governor, YSR greet President
Governor N. D. Tiwari greeted President Pratibha Patil on the occasion of her birthday on Friday. In a special message, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy greeted the President on her 74th birthday.