I will be back, YSR tells Collectors
Chief Minister talks about ‘achievements’ in self-congratulatory mode
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy told district Collectors emphatically here on Monday “I will be back” and would hold a conference with them again on June 26 and 27 as he did previously after winning the 2004 elections.
Exuding confidence on the prospects of Congress in the ensuing elections, he said “We will do what we did so far, for the next five years.”
The Chief Minister used the inaugural of the two-day conference of district Collectors, the last under his dispensation before the general elections, as a platform to make the political forecast.
He patted himself on the back for his government’s “stupendous achievements” as well as the Collectors for their hard work in turning “impossibilities into possibilities.”
Dr. Reddy said the areas where Andhra Pradesh had “created history” by overtaking other States were constructing 40 lakh houses under Indiramma, covering 67 lakh people under old age pensions and seven crore people under Arogyasri, distributing 1.88 crore white cards and taking up 78 irrigation projects with a massive Rs 1.5 lakh crore outlay. All these had become possible because the Congress formed the government on its own strength.
He asked the Collectors to ensure benefits under different schemes, including the recently launched ‘Abhaya Hastham’, to the people at the earliest as they would judge his performance only by one parameter, the benefits they receive.
He said he had attempted to take to its logical conclusion the policy of Indira Gandhi to have a focussed orientation towards the poor.
He directed the Collectors to ensure availability of money in the hands of the common man by effectively implementing NREGP, etc. It was the purchasing capacity created among the poor, which would lead to economic growth, and not that of Tatas and Birlas.
Dr Reddy advised them to treat public agitations sympathetically and solve the grievances immediately instead of using force.
He said the naxalite problem had been brought under control as could be gauged from the fact that villages across Telangana today were peaceful, with youth developing a vested interest in the democratic system following a vast improvement in employment opportunities shown and rise in income levels.
Elected representatives, who didn’t move out of Hyderabad earlier, were going around their constituencies freely.
Chief Secretary P. Ramakanth Reddy welcomed the gathering.