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Sticking to the golden rule

SPEECH IS silver, but silence is golden. Perhaps, the interlocutor on behalf of the Maoists with the State Government, G. Kalyana Rao, truly believes in this adage.

For, he was here in the city the other day in connection with writers' conference in his capacity of president of Andhra Pradesh Revolutionary Writers Association. He was fully immersed in the deliberations of the conference.

He conveniently evaded the press by sitting on the dais throughout without taking a break. However, lensmen, videographers and journalists went to the venue of the conference in batches only to grab an opportunity to make Mr. Rao speak.

But, he apparently decided not to give any room for any question. And, obviously it proved to be a day of disappointment for the scribes.

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THEY ARE unanimous that the city has not seen the kind of development it deserves. In business and elite circles here, you come across one statement very often -- that those from Vijayawada have made it big in their respective fields but the city is yet to be develop. Industrial development has not happened on a par with its image.

Once a nerve centre of politics, this privilege has also been usurped by Hyderabad for decades. What is it that hampers and constantly comes in the way of the city's growth?

Successful industrialists put this question to themselves and to others. Why have there been frequent hiccups in the task of ensuring better air connectivity?

Despite the best of efforts, the city could get only one flight in the evening and there is no connectivity to important metros.

When confronted with these questions, the industrialists' here pause and ponder and then decide to bring pressure on the Government.

There seems to be no clarity on the nature and extent of pressure to be used. At this juncture, one big industrialist has raised a valid point recently. "Our city is already overtaken by Visakhapatnam in many respects. Imagine what will happen if the advocates of Telangana achieve their goal and the Capital of Andhra moves over to Visakhapatnam?"

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TAKING OUT rallies and staging demonstrations by sections of society in support of their demands is a democratic right. In the process, the agitating members search for some innovative ideas to catch the eye of the passers-by.

Seen in the picture is one such kid who turned out to be a centre of attraction for the lensmen covering a rally taken out by the members of a minority community.

Unaware of the meaning of the placard he was carrying, this kid led the rally. But the question as to how far it is justified to involve kids, born in this age when the global village concept is fast removing the barriers between countries and communities in matters pertaining religion remains!

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THE DURBARS conducted by the Revenue Department led by the district Collector every Monday to hear public grievances has turned out to be a mere ritual with all the top officials getting engaged in other works not finding time for it.

For the past several weeks due to prior engagements the Collector, G. Jayalakshmi, was unable to receive petitions and even the Joint Collector, B. Janardhana Reddy, was away most of the time on official work.

An analysis of the petitions being received shows that more than 90 per cent of them were requests for granting house sites in urban areas and financial assistance from rural areas. The others can be disposed off at the mandal-level too. Even those coming to Guntur are endorsed back to the MROs or officials at divisional-level.

The endless wait for people at the Collectorate suggests that the mandal-level grievance redressal mechanism needs to be strengthened to make it effective.

If the system at Guntur continues in the present form an alternative free day has to be found out.

By A. Saye Sekhar, G. Ravikiran, M. Rajeev
in Vijayawada
and Ramesh Susarla in Guntur

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