Staff Reporter

Expresses confidence that people have faith in the present Government

Says Congress Government kept all its pre-poll promisesTeachers asked to stay at place of posting'Government schools are as good as private ones'

Nellore: Minister for Primary Education N. Rajyalakshmi has asserted that notwithstanding the unfounded criticism being levelled against the Government by certain Opposition parties, the administration will go ahead with welfare programmes for members of the weaker sections.

Addressing a public meeting at Menakuru village of Naidupet mandal, about 45 km from here on Tuesday, after laying several foundation stones and inaugurating a number of schemes, the Minister said that the Government during its 18-month rule, has proved to be dedicated to the welfare of the people. It also did not believe in mere promises, she said.

At the same time, she asked the people to support the Government in its endeavour to serve the poor. Ms. Rajyalakshmi narrated as to how the Government redeemed the pledges it had made during election and in this connection referred to the writing off of power dues, provision of free power to farmers and so on.

She was also confident that the people had already arrived at a positive conclusion with regard to the Government's performance. The Minister stated that the time had come to concentrate on overall development of the State, which will usher in the prosperity of all.

Government schools

The Minister, who received a representation for setting up of a high school at Vandluru, promised to do the needful and asked the people to ensure faith and confidence in the working of Government schools. In this connection, she pointed out the increasing craze to get children admitted in private schools and said the schools run by the Government were equally performance-oriented. Accordingly there was every need to induce students to opt for Government-run institutions, she pointed out.

Ms. Rajyalakshmi appealed to the teachers to stay at the place of posting which would instil confidence among locals. The Minister inaugurated a protected water supply scheme, built at a cost of Rs. 9.80 lakhs and laid foundation stone for a checkdam to be built at a cost of Rs. 3.25 lakhs and construction of an additional classroom, at a cost of Rs. 1.75 lakhs. She also distributed 130 acres to SC/ST communities and made available housing facility to 16 handloom weavers, each costing Rs. 40,000.

Ms. Rajyalakshmi said that it was the aim of the Government to provide housing to all the deserving within the next three years.