YSR promises more water to Anantapur
Chief Minister hopeful of surplus water allocation by new Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday promised the people of drought-prone Anantapur district of additional surplus Krishna water to irrigate another 8 lakh acres in the district, provided they reposed their faith in the Congress in the coming elections.
Speaking at a public meeting before dedicating N. Srirami Reddy Drinking Water Scheme (NSRDWS) to people here he said, he was hopeful of getting additional allocation of surplus water in Krishna to the State by the new Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal. The tribunal was reassessing water availability in the Krishna basin and looking into the claims of riparian States.
The tribunal was likely to make fresh allocations in about two years. His government would have taken up the project already, had there been no embargo and legal hassles on taking up new projects in the Krishna.
But, it would definitely be taken up two years later, he asserted and hoped that people would support the Congress again to realize their dreams.
Anantapur had about 35 lakh acres of cultivable land but only about 5 to 6 lakh acres was under irrigation now under different sources including Tungabhadra Right High Level Canal (HLC), a couple of minor irrigation projects, tanks and borewells. He assured that Uravakonda area would get the HNSS water by next June and the entire 3.5 lakh acres ayacut in the district in two-and-a-half years. The Congress government was completely empathizing with the problems of people in the backward districts and had diverted 10 TMC ft of Tungabhadra water allocated to KC Canal to Penna Ahobilam Balancing Reservoir. He recollected that he had taken up a yatra from Lepakshi to Pothireddypadu way back in 1986 to take the woes of people to the notice of the government. But the TDP government had never responded positively.
He complimented Minister for Agriculture N. Raghuveera Reddy for bringing the Tungabhadra water to quench the thirst of hundreds of villages in six constituencies. He also urged the farming community of changing the cropping pattern and assured farmers who suffered heavy groundnut crop loss this year of crop insurance compensation is sufficient measure.
Later, the Chief Minister unveiled a pylon to mark dedication of the drinking water scheme to people and also switched on supply of water as trial run.
Congress prepares pitch to woo youth
In an attempt to attract youth to the party, Andhra Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) is organizing Rajiv Gandhi Memorial district-level cricket tourney from January 7.
One team from each constituency will compete with the rival teams in the 20:20 format from January 7 to 14.
Interestingly the youth wing has decided to name these teams after the on going welfare and developmental programmes.
The matches will see teams such as Arogyasri, Jalayagnam, Indiramma, Rs. 2-a-kg rice scheme and others slugging it out on the field.
APYC leaders also hope to rope in popular cricketers V.V.S.Laxman, M.Venkatapathy Raju, M.S.K.Prasad and Chamundeswarnath to provide technical support.
The District Cricket Associations have been requested to make arrangements for conduction of the matches.
A decision to hold the tourney was taken at the APYC meeting chaired by the president T.J.R.Sudhakar Babu on Tuesday at Gandhi Bhavan.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Mr. Sudhakar Babu and APCC general secretary Nadendla Manohar said the finals of the tourney would be held on January 14 to coincide with ‘Sankranti’.
Plans are also afoot to conduct state-level Youth Festival on January 25 at Lal Bahadur Stadium where the winners of the district level tourney would be presented awards.
Mr. Sudhakar Babu said a friendly match between Chief Minister’s XI and APYC XI would be organised at the same venue. “We are confident that the Chief Minister Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy would play in the tourney. Some film stars are also expected to play in the match for both the sides,” he said. Pointed Mr. Manohar said the idea was to popularise the welfare programmes.