VIZIANAGARAM: Minister for Forests S. Vijayarama Raju on Sunday participated in a slew of programmes in Parvathipuram division. He launched the Abhaya Hastham scheme for the self-help group women at Makkuva, inaugurated a Zilla Parishad High School building built at a cost of Rs.27 lakhs, distributed loans under to farmers and declared open a road between Makkuva and Mavudu villages laid at a cost of Rs. 4.73 crores.

Addressing a gathering, Mr. Raju said that Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was aware of the plight of poor and keeping their problems in mind, the Abhaya Hastham (pension scheme) for the self-help group women who attained 60 years of age was launched.