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Chaos at Praja Patham meeting

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FREE-FOR-ALL:Activists of the opposition parties jostle with police personnel at Praja Patham meeting in the city on Wednesday.
FREE-FOR-ALL:Activists of the opposition parties jostle with police personnel at Praja Patham meeting in the city on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Jostling between police and activists of opposition parties mars proceedings

Priority to health and housing, says Minister

Hospital in 52nd division proposed

VIJAYAWADA: The Praja Patham meeting attended by Minister for Arogyasri and Health Insurance Pithani Satyanarayana at Care and Share Elementary School, New Rajarajeswaripeta, on Wednesday was marred, towards the end, by pushing and jostling between the police and the activists of the opposition parties.

TDP floor leader in Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) general body Y. Ramana Rao and a woman home guard were among those who fell down in the melee that continued for about 10 minutes.

The home guard suffered breathlessness for some time, sending the officials and the police personnel into a tizzy.

The trouble broke out when the police attempted to drive out the corporators and the people who were waiting at the gate when the Minister was about to leave the venue. Led by TDP leaders, the activists opposed the police move and entered into an argument that led to pushing and jostling.

The Minister said earlier that the government was giving top priority to health, housing and welfare of weaker sections.

About 14,000 houses that were taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programme were in various stages. The officials were finalising a proposal to construct a hospital to meet the medical requirements of the people of the 52 {+n} {+d} division, he said.

Pensions

Mayor M.V. Ratna Bindu said that many welfare and developmental programmes worth Rs.8 crores were completed in 52 {+n} {+d} division. As many as 600 persons were receiving pensions in the division, while 267 persons availed themselves of medical facilities worth Rs. 80 lakhs under the Arogyasri programme in the division.

District Collector Peeyush Kumar said that the bankers were ready to waive the interest on housing loans taken by the beneficiaries of housing schemes in New Rajarajeswaripeta area. The bankers were making arrangements to open special counters from May 16 to 31 to clear the loans, he said.

Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu, VMC Commissioner G. Ravi Babu and others were present.


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