YSR promises UGC scales to lecturers
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has promised to implement the revised UGC pay scales to University and colleges teachers and also enhance superannuation age to 65 years to the university teachers, after following procedures as required at an early date.
A statement from the AP Federation of University Teachers Associations (APFUTA) said that a delegation led by P. Sudhakar Reddy, MLC met the Chief Minister and appraised him of the MHRD’s recent orders to implement the revised UGC pay-scales and other benefits extended to the teachers drawing UGC pay-scales to all the State governments. The package includes enhancement of age of superannuation to 65 years and terminal benefits of teachers drawing UGC pay-scales on par with Central government employees.
Slowdown affected land sale: YSR
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy admitted that the economic slowdown had badly affected sale of government lands in the State.
Reacting to the vote-on-account budget, Dr. Reddy said the government intended to mobilise revenue to the tune of Rs. 12,000 crore through sale of lands across the State. “Unfortunately, we could raise only Rs. 4,000 crore,” he added. He also pointed out Rs. 16,500 crore had been for the ambitious Jalayagnam in the State but the expenditure so far was Rs. 10,000 crore. A sum of Rs. 6,500 crore remained to be spent, he said, adding that the irrigation outlay for 2009-10 had been pegged at Rs. 14,500 crore.
PV statue unveiling today
The statue of former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao installed by Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) at Banjara Hills will be unveiled by the Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy here on Friday.
The statue installed at Road No.10, opposite Cancer Hospital has been sculpted by B. Shiva Vara Prasad.
The size of the statue is nine feet and is made using bronze metal. While the height of the pedestal is 6 feet-6 inches, the rotary is spread over 30 feet, according to HMDA statement issued here on Wednesday.
Former MLA, ex-IAS officer join Congress
Former TDP MLA from Nagari in Chittoor district V. Doraiswamy Raju and former bureaucrat D. C. Rosaiah joined Congress on Thursday. They also took the party membership at Gandhi Bhavan.
YSR urged not to include other sub-sects in STs
Student-managed girls’ hostels in all divisions sought
Demand for schools in all Girijan tandas to increase literacy
The Girijana Vidyarthi Samakhya (GVS) has urged Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy not to include other sub-sects into the ST category. GVS State Committee president V. Sankar Nayak, who presented a representation to the Chief Minister during his visit to Tirupati on Tuesday also has requested the government to increase the reservation to the STs from the present 6 per cent to 12 per cent in tune with the increase in their population percentage.
Other demands included setting up of student-managed girls’ hostels in all divisions and so also elementary schools in all Girijan tandas to increase literacy percentage of the STs.
In a memorandum submitted to UGC Chairman Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, the GVS requested payment of Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) to all SC/STs candidates doing Ph.D, M.Phil and PG courses irrespective of their merit levels so that it could serve as an incentive for them to take up the courses and enjoy better job opportunities.
Mr. Nayak also urged the UGC chief to set up special coaching cells for the benefit of the SC/STs preparing for UPSC, APPSC and such other competitive examinations.