Neither the elected representatives nor the officials should be afraid of facing the people, particularly when they are beset with problems, Minister for Tourism, Cinematography, Information and Public Relations J. Geetha Reddy has said.

Service motto

Participating in Praja Patham programme at the AKTP Municipal High School in Satyanarayanapuram here on Monday, Dr. Geetha Reddy said that the Congress Government had no selfish motive in conducting Praja Patham. The only motive behind it was to be of service to the people who voted it to power and ensuring all-round development of the State and its people. “We are not coming to you for votes. We are coming to you to resolve your problems. This programme is above politics,” she said.

Listing the developmental schemes introduced by former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the Minister said that the current Chief Minister K. Rosaiah was also very keen on proper implementation of the same schemes. The officials were reluctant when the erstwhile Chief Minister had proposed the idea of Praja Patham, fearing the wrath of the people. But Dr. Reddy told them that there would be public wrath if the problems of the people were not rectified year after year. Praja Patham was, therefore, being conducted once in a year at the height of summer when people face the worst of drinking water, power supply and health problems.

Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu said that both development and welfare were like two eyes to the State government. The government was aware of the different problems the people were facing. Earlier, no kerosene was given to people with LPG connection, but recently the State government decided to give two litres of kerosene even to those with LPG connections. Providing housing to the poor was also being taken very seriously by the government. Though land was a big problem in the city, vacant plots of about 200 acres were procured in two to three places for housing. The government was also pursuing the problem of Vuma Chit Funds very seriously. The Home Minister was personally monitoring the progress in the case, he said.