New Year wishes
YSR declares 2009 as welfare year
More time and energy to be spent towards achieving this goal, says Chief Minister
State to retain the tempo of development: YSR
Pension scheme for one crore old women of SHGs
Satisfied with the initial results of the boost given to development and employment generation last year, the State government has decided to shift the emphasis now to welfare and declared 2009 as welfare year to rectify deficiencies in this sector.
Speaking to the media here on Thursday, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy greeted people of the State on the New Year with the promise of expending more time and energy this year towards achieving this goal. The government, he said, would continue to be pro-active to retain the tempo of the development and consolidate the gains made on the law & order front, especially in containing factional and naxalite violence. Dr. Reddy announced that the massive pension scheme, planned to benefit one crore old women of the self-help groups aged 60 years, with a monthly pension of Rs. 500, would be finalized by this month-end and implemented from April 1. He sought suggestions from women samakhyas as the modalities for the scheme were being worked out by the LIC, its implementing agency.
The Chief Minister highlighted the 17 irrigation projects completed so far as the hallmark of the development achieved. Work was in full swing on two to three projects in each district. Jalayagnam had given a clear message that “only Congress, and none else, has the courage to implement big irrigation projects. Anybody else would have simply been scared at talking about these projects,” Dr. Reddy said, citing the Rs. 38,500 crore Pranahita-Chevella projects.
The results of the employment mission taken up for 2008 were such that 8 lakh job opportunities were offered to the youth as against a 10-lakh target through a comprehensive training programmed and job melas. In view of the government’s good track record in containing left wing extremism, other States had begun to emulate Andhra Pradesh.
He said though the terrorist problem had come to the State from other areas, it was “tackled well”.
Referring to other crimes, including abuse of women, he said a strong message had been sent recently on how strict the government could be in enforcing law & order.
Chief Minister releases APPETA diary
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy released the 2009 Diary of the Andhra Pradesh Physical Education Teachers Association here on Thursday.
B. Mohan Reddy, MLC, APPETA president B. Yadaiah, associate presidents C. Venkatnarayana and S. Someshwar, joint-secretary N. Sai Kumar were present. Mr. Yadaiah told the media that Dr. Reddy responded positively to the APETTA’s plea to fill vacant school assistant posts in State.
Meanwhile, the Affiliated College Teachers Association, Andhra Pradesh (ACTA-AP) has urged the Chief Minister to implement into the pay package recommended by the Central government to the university and college teachers.
YSR bats for Satyam Computers
Rajasekhara Reddy exudes confidence, says Congress will win the elections
“Company’s problems are internal and caused due to certain decisions taken by the management”
No plans with the government to enhance retirement age of employees, says Dr. Reddy
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy made a pitch in favour of the Satyam Computers here on Thursday by indicating that his government would not dump the beleaguered information technology major.
Answering questions at a press conference, Dr. Reddy said, “Satyam’s problems have nothing to do with us.”
The government had indeed allotted 50 acres to it in Visakhapatnam as it had done for Infosys in Hyderabad and both these projects were doing “extremely well”.
The Chief Minister said the IT Company’s problems were purely internal and caused due to certain decisions taken by the management.
“We have nothing to do with them,” he reiterated.
‘No review of pact’
Asked whether the government had any proposal to review the agreement signed with Maytas for executing the Hyderabad Metro Rail project, he replied in the negative since it did not foresee any hitch.
“Satyam wanted to acquire stake in Maytas but dropped its plans. You must understand that both are different entities,” he added.
Metro Rail project
The Chief Minister’s assertions assume significance following the apprehensions expressed by industry circles over the capability of Maytas, a company owned by Satyam chairman B. Ramalinga Raju’s family members, to raise the huge funds required for Hyderabad Metro Rail and other projects.
This follows the World Bank’s decision to ban Satyam from its business for a period of eight years on charges of breach of trust.
If the face is the index of man, one can approach Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy to know whether the Congress party is going to win the ensuing elections.
This suggestion came from Dr. Reddy himself when a reporter asked him at a press conference here on Thursday, if the Congress prospects in the polls would be bright.
The Chief Minister put out a broad grin on his visage and quipped:
See my face and answer the query yourself.
Tackling other queries, he said there was no plan with the Government to enhance he retirement age of its employees.
“There is no strong plea from staff for this benefit,” he said.
Dr. Reddy insisted that superfine rice was available in the State for Rs. 20 a kg. But corrected him self to say that this variety was available at all the special counters opened by the government.
When a questioner pointed out that superfine rice is not available even for Rs. 29 kg in the open market, he said this could be the case with superfine rice without any mix of broken rice in it.
The presence of broken rice in superfine rice was being allowed in the open market to the tune of 5-10 per cent and this variety was available for Rs. 20 a kg.
Invitation to scribes
He offered to ask Civil Supplies Minister to take media persons on a trip of the government counters and shops in the open market to verify this.
The prices of vegetables including onions would usually fluctuate, depending on the extent of crop grown, he said.