YSR blames Opposition for Polavaram delay
Lays stone for Yeleru modernisation works
Rs. 250 crores to be released for Polavaram works
Chief Minister flays parties in Grand alliance
Prattipadu (East Godavari):
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has attributed delay in completion of major irrigation project — Polavaram (Indirasagar) — to the opposition parties. He said the pressure built up by his government, particularly by local MP Vundavalli Arunakumar on Central government, resulted in getting all clearances for the project. He was addressing a mammoth gathering after laying the foundation for Yeleru irrigation system modernisation with Rs. 138 crores at Dharmavaram in Prattipadu mandal on Friday evening.
The Chief Minister said that when he was coming by helicopter to this place he saw the river Godavari which was almost dried up which was not happened in last several decades. “If Polavaram project was completed by this time, we can save 11 lakh acres of ayacut in the Godavari Delta,” the Chief Minister said.
He said that the government would release Rs.250 crores next month to expedite the works of Polavaram project.
Comparing the performance of his government and that of the opposition Telugu Desam, Dr. Reddy said: “When NTR was Chief Minister he gave one HP of power at Rs.50 and rice for Rs. 2 per kg. After sabotaging NTR, Chandrababu Naidu came to power and immediately hiked the power tariff to Rs.350 per one HP and rice from Rs.2 to Rs.5.20.”
He criticized that the parties in Grand alliance have no moral and ethical values and each party lost its credibility in public. The corruption charges that the opposition was making against the government can be proved by using Right to Information Act. He lashed out at Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi by alleging that he made no contribution to his native village or State.
He said that Yeleru canal modernisation would start in April this year and tenders were already called. It would be completed by 2011. The canal would irrigate 53,102 acres in seven mandals. Mr. Arunakumar also spoke. Local MLA Varupula Subba Rao and others participated.
Abhaya Hastam’ floors Sonia
The programme is a co-contributory pension scheme for over 1 crore members of SHGs
Scheme being implemented in a record time of 90 days after Dr. Reddy announced it
The much-hyped ‘Abhaya Hastam’, the co-contributory pension scheme launched by the Congress Government for the over a crore members of self-help group, virtually floored AICC president Sonia Gandhi here on Friday.
Complimenting Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy for conceiving the pension scheme, Ms. Gandhi said it would provide security to women as they grew old. “I am happy that the men in the State are listening to the advice of women to start the ‘Abhaya Hastam’ programme, she remarked.
She made this remark after the Government went all out to showcase the ambitious programme that ensures a monthly pension of Rs. 500 to SHG members on attaining the age of 60 years.
Ms. Gandhi, who later gave away pension bonds to five women, viewed a power point presentation by Principal Secretary, Rural Development, K. Raju, giving an insight into the scheme that was implemented in a record time of 90 days after Dr. Reddy announced it in November.
The Congress president made a 25-minute-long stopover at the Begumpet airport for an interaction with SHG leaders on arrival here on a whistlestop tour of the State. She said the initiative for women empowerment in Andhra Pradesh was often referred to by Indian participants at international seminars and symposia. Praising the thrift groups, she said they had set a worthy example to the world with their performance and fiscal discipline.
Three beneficiaries of the pension scheme — Satya Kumari (Nalgonda), Lakshmi Siva Kumar (East Godavari) and Jayamma (Prakasam) — eulogised the Congress Government for giving them the much needed hope in the twilight of their lives.
“At a time when girl child is discriminated, the Congress Government has given us the respect,” Satya Kumari said. Ms. Jayamma aptly summed up by saying that ‘Abhaya Hastam’ was the hand of hope for the women in the State, who were now ready to lead a life with confidence.
Chief Minister to inaugurate renovated dairy today
The government’s ‘Ksheera Kranti’ scheme has given a new lease of life to employees, farmers and several persons dependent on the Godavari Dairy.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will formally inaugurate the renovated dairy on Saturday after laying the foundation stone for Adikavi Nannayya University buildings at Palicharla.
It is a dream come true for farmers and employees, thanks to the efforts made by local MLA Rowthu Suryaprakasha Rao to reopen the dairy, which was closed almost a decade ago. With the cooperation of Minister from the district Jakkampudi Rammohana Rao and MP Vundavalli Aruna Kumar, the MLA took up the issue of reopening the dairy under the scheme with the Chief Minister. It is estimated that Rs. 7.80 crores is required to reopen the facility and set up bulk milk chilling centres in the district. This apart, Rs. 7.39 crores is required for payment of pending salary arrears and wages of employees. When employees took to legal recourse, the government assured the High Court that it would pay arrears after renovation of the dairy. As part of reviving the dairy, the government released Rs. 7 crores with which 10 bulk milk chilling centres have been set up in the first phase. The district administration has spent Rs. 43 lakhs on machinery at Rajahmundry chilling centre.