Staff Reporter

They demand cooking gas connections,

Rs 2-a-kg rice to the beneficiaries

VIJAYAWADA: Corporators of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) staged a walkout from the general body meeting on Saturday, demanding sanction of cooking gas connections under ‘Deepam’ scheme to all eligible families and proper distribution of Rs.2-a-kg rice to the beneficiaries.

Boya Satyababu of the CPI (M) tabled a proposal seeking distribution of cooking gas connections, speaking on which the TDP floor leader Y.V. Ramana Rao accused the Congress Government of diluting the prestigious scheme launched by the TDP Government.

Joining the prolonged discussion, the CPI (M) floor leader Ch. Babu Rao raised the issue of reported lapses in the public distribution system with regard to supply of Rs. 2-a-kg rice.

Even as Deputy Mayor Anne Prasanna announced that priority would be given to the two issues, the leaders staged separate walkouts.

Earlier in the day, Municipal Commissioner P.S. Pradyumna announced that tenders would be called on Monday to acquire one more ‘Mahaprasthanam’ vehicle meant for taking the bodies to cremation ground. He said that at present two vehicles were serving the poor.

To a question on lack of facilities in the gymnasiums run by the VMC, he said that the problems would be addressed very soon.

Preparedness

Replying to a question on the preparedness of officials to address the outbreak of diseases in the ensuing monsoon season, Chief Medical and Health Officer (in-charge) K. Srikaruna Murthy said laboratories would be opened in all the 22 urban health centres and two doctors would be deputed from the Medical and Health Department to meet the exigencies.

Project officer of the Urban Community Development (UCD) wing M. Shyamala said that a proposal to disburse loans to the eligible BCs was pending with different banks and the bankers would be reminded about it at a meeting on Tuesday.

Women corporators found fault with the UCD wing for not opening sewing centres in their divisions.

The issue of changing the name of the building of Nayeebrahmana Samkshema Sangham was discussed at length and it was sent for office remarks.