Special Correspondent

Chief Minister tells Ministers that it would be mandatory for them to attend the House

HYDERABAD: “Attend the Assembly daily or submit resignation letters”, this was the first order issued by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy to his 35 Ministers at the first Cabinet meeting of his new government, which was held here on Monday night soon after they were sworn in. Dr Reddy made the presence of Ministers in the Assembly premises, when it was convened five minutes before the commencement of the session at 8.30 a.m., mandatory to continue in the Cabinet, unless there was urgent personal work. This norm must be followed at any cost on all 52 days of the session planned yearly.

No agenda

The Cabinet sat without any specific agenda but sat for two hours after the Chief Minister and Ministers exchanged pleasantries.

Dr Reddy highlighted the importance of attending the Assembly, saying that it was through this forum that the Government would answer the people on various problems faced by them. So, Ministers must be well-prepared to offer replies fully after doing some home work. At the same time, he asked them not to get provoked but be tolerant of the Opposition’s views.

Dr Reddy listed completion of irrigation projects for which foundation-stones were laid during the earlier tenure under Jalayagnam and which were in various stages of construction, as his “topmost priority”. He asked the Ministers to explain the milestones achieved under Jalayagnam, focusing on additional ayacut brought under the plough under the completed projects, as also the benefits offered to people through various welfare schemes.

Central funds would be obtained for Pranahita-Chevella, Dummagudem-Nagarjunasagar Tailpond, Polavaram and Uttarandhra Sujala Sravanthi projects after getting them declared as national projects.

“Be humble with humility as you grow, be transparent and proactive while dealing with people” during district tours, he advised them, reminding that Sonia Gandhi who was happy at the Congress victory, also expressed displeasure that 14 Ministers were defeated and wanted their performance to be reviewed every three months.