Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy delivered a politically-loaded speech at the Children’s Day celebrations here on Thursday when he made liberal use of innuendos to hurl barbs at the Centre over its decision to bifurcate the State.

The Chief Minister’s indirect criticism is in line with his recent practice of registering from various platforms his opposition to the Centre’s decision. His observations and suggestions made to the students were also an attempt to give vent to his feelings, though in a veiled manner. He highlighted the importance of taking the right decisions in life, which he said would be possible only with education. Children should pursue their education with passion so that they can realise the dreams of Jawaharlal Nehru, whose birth anniversary is observed as Children’s Day, the CM said.

By stating that technology had made the world a global village and mentioning that about 50 per cent of the world’s passenger air traffic (about 14,000 flights every day) was being controlled from Hyderabad, he meant to say that the gap between countries was shrinking with the help of technology.

He said that education was not just important to earn a good job but it would help one take right decisions all through. He announced the sanction of Rs. 77 crore for upgrading infrastructure in ICDS. Earlier, he launched the ‘Bala Amrutham’, a nutritional food scheme for pre-school children.