Tribute paid to Father of Nation
90 houses to be built for leprosy patients
Colony to be named after Chief Minister
Missionaries, State to jointly finance
“It is important to do some concrete help to the underprivileged sections in order to pay real tributes to the memory of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary,” said Fr. Colombo, noted philanthropist. Addressing at the Gandhi death anniversary meet at Karunapuram near here on Friday, the Italy-born missionary activist said that on Gandhi’s death anniversary they were launching a special housing programme for the leprosy patients.
The new initiative envisages the construction of a total of 90 houses to the leprosy patients at Karunapuram. The project would cost around Rs. 90 lakh. The initiative would be implemented with the joint contribution from the State government and the local charity organisations represented by Fr. Colombo and sister Laurence.The SC, ST Commission member Rajarapu Pratap, who took up the initiative with the coordinated efforts from the government and the charity organisations, explained that the combined efforts resulted in providing housing to a total of 160 bonded labour families at Marripally, and 150 Chindu Bagothulu, traditional folk artistes, in the district. As the government had already extended a help of Rs. 35,000 per each house, and had agreed to extend an additional help of around Rs 20,000, the colony would be named after Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
“The YSR Colony would be built on the lines of Rajiv Colony, where a total of 59 leprosy patients were already given housing facility”, Mr Pratap added.The SC, ST Commission member said that he was inspired by the charity service motto of Fr. Colombo and political service by Dr. Rajasekhar Reddy. Hundreds of villagers took part in the Gandhi death anniversary meet where rich tributes paid the memory of the late leader.
YSR in Chiru’s native place today
Two months after Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi undertook a whirlwind tour of Kadapa district beginning from Pulivendula, it is now the turn of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy to launch his road show from Mogalturu, the native village of the actor on Saturday.
During his two-day tour of West Godavari district from Saturday to participate in a series of government functions, Dr. Reddy has decided to target the actor-turned-politician by launching his road show from Mogalturu.
Though, the Congress circles were keen that Dr. Reddy conduct a road show in the actor’s native village more than two months ago, it could not materialise due to ban on such shows by the AP High court. Congress leaders want to make most out of the Chief Minister’s visit to Mogalturu village in Narsapur constituency. “The tour is as good as launching the election campaign from rival leader’s native village,” a Congress legislator from West Godavari remarked.
Dr. Reddy will reach Mogalturu at 11 a.m. where he would address the first public meeting. Chalking out the Chief Minister’s programme carefully, local leaders have ensured that he will lay foundation stone for new works and address meetings in Sitarampuram, Narasapur, Palacole, Gummuluru, Achanta, Marteru and Penugonda in Narsapur, Palacole and Achanta Assembly segments.
Maganti likely to meet YSR today
To present him tricolour, ‘kanduva’
Maganti Venkateswara Rao (Babu), the sacked Minister for Minor Irrigation, has decided to put to rest all speculation over his continuance in the Congress by making a “courtesy call” on Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at the makeshift helipad at Mogaltur on Saturday.
According to information, he is getting ready to meet Dr. Reddy along with his followers and present him a tricolour, and a ‘kanduva’ as a gesture of reposing faith in the leadership of the Chief Minister.
“It’s an expression of our respect for the Chief Minister,” a close aide of Mr. Venkateswara Rao said.
It may be recalled that rumours were doing the rounds that Mr. Venkateswara Rao would switch over to the TDP in a huff ever since his unceremonious exit following the party’s debacle in his native Dendulur Assembly segment in the byelection to the Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency.
Incidentally, Mr. Babu kept himself away from the party activities since he lost his seat in the Cabinet.