Special efforts needed to eradicate child labour, says YSR
Capacity of Sunkesula reservoir will be enhanced
KURNOOL: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy announced enhancement of hostel seats by 15,000 in Kurnool district as a special case. Addressing a public meeting at Uyyalawada in Orvakal mandal of Kurnool district on Monday, he said the incidence of child labour was high in the district, which required some special efforts for eradication. He said nobody had the right to rob children of their childhood.
Dr. Reddy allayed fears among K.C. Canal farmers saying that the capacity of Sunkesula reservoir would be enhanced to compensate the loss on account of diversion of water to Anantapur district at TB dam. The work would be grounded within a year, he said.
He said hydrological permission would be accorded to the lift irrigation schemes at Jupadu Bungalow, Sangameswaram, Brahmana Kotkur and Midtur while a major check-dam at Kalvabugga would be examined.
When the Chief Minister referred to loans at four per cent interest to self-help group members, several women rose to say that it was not implemented and they paid 12 per cent.
When a woman Subbamma persisted, Dr. Reddy invited her to the dais to explain her stand. She reached the dais but was not allowed to speak at the end. Also, the activists of MRPS raised slogans during Dr. Reddy's speech seeking an explanation on the categorisation issue.
With the activists unrelenting, Dr. Reddy invited them to the dais to tell them later that a judicial commission was looking into the matter at the national level. The Government would make all efforts to help Madigas, he said.
Funds for roads
As a gesture in connection with his visit to Uyyalawada, Dr. Reddy announced Rs. 25 lakhs for laying roads in the village. Later, the Chief Minister distributed loans and assets to the members of self-help groups. Before returning to Hyderabad, he dined with the villagers at community lunch. Dr. Reddy also inaugurated houses constructed under Indiramma programme in the village and expressed satisfaction for constructing houses for members of Budaga Jangam community, a semi-nomadic caste. Now, they could lead a settled life, he said.
Ministers M. Mareppa, K. Ramakrishna, Mayor Raghurami Reddy, collector M. Dana Kishore, MLAs and others were present.