Staff Reporter

`If you feel power lines are good for hanging clothes, touch them'

Despite increased consumption, Government implementing free power scheme, he saysPromises to do the needful on categorisation of SCs

MUTHUKURU (NELLORE): Taking umbrage at TDP leaders' criticism that electric poles and wires will be used only to hang clothes if free power is provided to farmers, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has dared TDP leaders to touch those electric wires.

"Despite increased power consumption across the State, the Government has been successfully implementing the free power scheme for the last 21 months. And I will see to it that not even one cent of crop dries up because of shortage of power," the Chief Minister claimed.

Addressing a public meeting at Muthukuru of the Sarvepally constituency, Dr. Reddy lashed out at the TDP for not taking care of people and in particular farmers in its nine-year regime. "But the Congress Government will take care of all sections of society by taking up various programmes, including the Prajapatham (administration at the doorstep of the people)," he said on Thursday.

Foundations laid

He was here to take part in Prajapatham programme, in which he laid foundation stones for protected water scheme and various other programmes besides launching power sub-station.

The Chief Minister assured that Nellore would be developed on all fronts. With several companies such as Apache coming forward to set up their units, the district will soon become an industrial hub, he said.

At the same time, Reddy assured that the Government would offer the best package for those farmers, who would lose their lands for Krishnapatnam power project.

The Chief Minister also assured the sloganeering Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) activists that the Government would do the needful on categorisation of Scheduled Castes.

Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Panabaka Lakshmi, School Education Minister N Rajyalakshmi and legislators Adala Prabhakara Reddy, Anam Ramnarayana Reddy and Anam Vivekanananda Reddy were also present.