YSR’s tour programme
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is arriving in Bobbili by helicopter at 10.30 a.m. on February 20. According to a release, the Chief Minister, after inaugurating CEMONC ward at Government Hospital, opening Rani Mallamma Devi Municipal Park and unveiling statue of Vasireddy Krishna Murty Naidu, will participate in a road show in the town.
After addressing a meeting on the Rajah College Grounds, he will reach Maradam village in Dattirajeru mandal by helicopter. At 2.20 p.m. he will reach Manapuram by bus and lay the foundation stone for Gajapathinagaram branch canal of Thotapalli project that is estimated to cost Rs.74.50 crore and irrigates an additional ayacut of 15,000 acres.
YSR admonishes Collectors
Failure to submit reports of probes into police firing and custodial deaths
‘Collectors required submitting reports within four months of institution of inquiry’
Home Minister Jana Reddy promises improved forensic lab facilities
District Collectors were pulled up by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy for treating as a mere formality the magisterial inquiries into police firing and custodial deaths and failing to submit reports of these inquiries covering as many as 509 incidents.
Of them, 479 related to police firing, resulting in casualties, including those near Gangavaram Port in Visakhapatnam and at Mudigonda in Khammam district besides 30 custodial deaths.
Dr Reddy reportedly admonished the Collectors of Warangal and Karimnagar districts where a large number of such reports were due. He was speaking during a session to review the law and order situation on the concluding day of the two-day conference of District Collectors.
The Chief Minister pointed out that the Collectors were required to submit inquiry reports within the statutory time limit of four months after institution of the magisterial inquiry, but their response was lukewarm in spite of repeated reminders from the government. The timeframe was specified by the Supreme Court in a judgment as also by Section 176 of the Cr. P. C.
He asked the collectors to submit the reports at once, lest the State Human Rights Commission and courts pass adverse remarks against the government. Home Minister K. Jana Reddy later told reporters that forensic lab facilities would be improved as requested by the SPs and collectors to expedite the submission of magisterial inquiry reports.
He said maintenance of law and order in the past five years was “good” with police effectively tackling the challenges posed by naxalites, factionalists, communal elements, and numerous agitations by political parties. The next three-month period, however, was crucial as the government’s image would depend on how fairly and peacefully the elections were conducted.
Admitting deficiencies in the police system, Mr. Jana Reddy said these would be rectified by recruiting 37,000 policemen and properly equipping the force.
Greater Hyderabad Muncipal Corporation to YSR
Inaugural of Mega Job Mela by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, NTR Stadium, Lower Tank Bund road, 11 a.m.