Launches Visakha Welfare Federation to take up welfare programmes in slums
VISAKHAPATNAM: Congress general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh M. Veerappa Moily on Sunday said the Congress was in safe hands with the ‘winning combination’ of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy as the Chief Minister and D. Srinivas as Pradesh Congress Committee president set to do wonders.
“Dr. Reddy as the CLP leader and Mr. Srinivas as PCC chief had brought good luck to the Congress in 2004 elections and we expect a repeat during the elections for Lok Sabha and Assembly,” he told a well-attended meeting at Kalavani stadium after launching the Visakha Welfare Federation.
The federation is set up by Rajya Sabha member T. Subbarami Reddy to take up welfare programmes in 60 slums in the city to benefit six lakh people by organising mobile health clinics, eye surgeries and other services with his own funds. Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy, Mr. D. Srinivas, Minister for Transport Kanna Lakshminarayana, AICC secretary P. Sudhakar Reddy, film actors Brahmandam, Siva Reddy, MLAs — T. Gurumurthy Reddy, K. Sitaramu, K. Dharmasri — and others were present.
Praising the performance of the State government, Mr. Moily said Dr. Reddy had taken several revolutionary steps like announcing a subsidy of Rs.5,000 to farmers who had cleared their loans.
He said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had initiated trend-setting schemes like waiver of farmers’ loans to the tune of Rs.72,000 crore, National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme and Right to Information Act.
Mr. Moily, who is the Chairman of Administrative Reforms Commission, said he had the privilege to head ARC after 49 years and said he was trying to focus the entire government machinery for the benefit of citizens. He said the demographic advantage India had should not be allowed to turn into a demographic disaster.
Mr. Jaipal Reddy in his speech showered praised Dr. Subbarami Reddy for taking up service activity among the slum-dwellers with his own resources. and hoped that he would continue his spiritual activity with renewed vigour.