Staff Reporter

Action will be taken against corporators if reports of favours found true, he says

The programme will begin in city in Vizag-I constitutency

Some 3.63 lakh houses sanctioned under Indiramma scheme

VISAKHAPATNAM: Minister for Commercial Taxes Konathala Ramakrishna has announced that the third phase of social security pensions would be distributed to beneficiaries in the district during the Indiramma Sambaralu programme beginning from Oct 16. While the programme would begin in the city in Visakhapatnam-I constituency, it would begin at Chodavaram for the rural areas.

In all, 49,994 pensions including 1,745 in the urban and 48,248 in rural areas were sanctioned under Indiramma under the third phase. These include: old age pensions, widow, disabled and weavers pensions. In addition to this 55,041 left over pensions of the first two phases would also be given in the third phase, he told a media conference on Tuesday.

A total of 1,31,257 social security pensions were distributed to beneficiaries in the first two phases. Cash payments would be made to beneficiaries from next month. Mr. Ramakrishna said 1,24,650 houses were sanctioned under the third phase taking the total number of houses sanctioned under Indiramma to 3,63,972 in the district. While bank loans to the tune of Rs.17 crores were sanctioned last year, this year Rs.68 crores would be advanced to beneficiaries. He recalled that Visakhapatnam district had stood first in the State in the implementation of Indiramma during the first phase. Though it had gone down to the third or fourth place during the second phase, the district administration was making all efforts to regain its number one position in the state once again.

When his attention was drawn to reports in a section of the media that corporators accepted favours from contractors, he said action would be initiated if the reports were found true.

Asked for his impression on the position of the Congress in the district in view of the huge crowds turning up for Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi’s meeting, the Minister felt the PR chief had just begun his tour of the district and it was too early to comment on it.

He, however, maintained that the Congress was going strong and there was no cause for worry.

He recalled that CPI(M) leader B.V. Raghavulu had admitted that only when all other Opposition parties unite they could defeat the Congress.

The Minister said that the development programmes initiated under the leadership of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy would ensure the success of the party in the forthcoming elections.

On the Telangana issue, he said that the Congress had already made its stand clear. “We are trying for consensus among the UPA partners on the issue and only when that was achieved any concrete decision could be taken,” he added.