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State to usher in `Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' era

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EXCHANGING PLEASANTRIES: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy with Major- General B. Sivasankar, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of four southern States, in Hyderabad on Friday.
EXCHANGING PLEASANTRIES: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy with Major- General B. Sivasankar, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of four southern States, in Hyderabad on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Chief Minister for welfare of ryots, Army personnel

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    HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has said the Government would strive to rekindle the hearts of farmers and armed forces personnel, both serving and retired, thus bringing back the era of `Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan'.

    After inaugurating the Civil-Military Liaison Conference-2006 here on Friday, he addressed senior officials, acknowledging the critical support rendered by the armed forces during natural calamities/disasters.

    Referring to the Fourth World Military Games to be held here in October 2007, he said no effort

    would be spared in adequately equipping every arena---stadia in the capital at Artillery Centre, Golconda, or the Hakimpet parachuting arena. He asked the concerned officials to make necessary arrangements and extend all assistance.

    Jalayagnam

    Dr. Reddy gave the participants an overview of the initiatives in water management and `Jalayagnam' to help farmers and welfare measures to benefit ex-servicemen, including post- retirement employment for those who devoted a significant part of their lives in protecting the borders. He outlined the efforts in making the capital an IT hub and the State, a prominent tourist destination.

    Among those present were Chief Secretary J. Harinarayan, DGP Swaranjit Sen, Maj.-Gen. B. Sivasankar, General Officer Commanding, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, and Brig. D.S.C.Varma, Commander, Andhra Sub-Area.

    Naxal problem

    Earlier, Maj. Gen. Sivasankar lauded the Government's efforts in tackling the naxalite problem. Among the 16 States that faced the menace, he said, Andhra Pradesh had curbed it to a large extent.


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