Staff Reporter

KARIMNAGAR: Pensioners, including the aged, widows and disabled, paid rich tributes to late Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy by garlanding his portrait in Ramnagar locality of Karimnagar town on Saturday.

The pensioners, who assembled at the Anjaneya swamy temple near Ramnagar to collect their monthly pension, erected a portrait at the centre and paid floral tributes.

Some of the aged persons cried inconsolably after seeing the portrait and feared about the continuation of pension scheme.

The pensioners said that the increase of pension amount by Dr. Reddy was a boon to them.

They questioned the authorities and local politicians whether the pension scheme would be removed with the death of late Chief Minister.

They said that they would commit suicide or die of starvation if the pension scheme was scrapped.

‘Scheme will continue’

However, the local politician including former DCC president T. Santosh Kumar, local corporator M. Rajender, DCC general secretary R. Tirupathi Goud and others pacified them and assured that the scheme would be continued.

University pays tributes

Satavahana University Vice-Chancellor Md. Iqbal Ali hailed the late Chief Minister for sanctioning university in each district for providing higher education to the rural students.

At a condolence meeting here on Saturday, the Vice-Chancellor said that the people of Andhra Pradesh have lost a great leader and a man of the masses, who always strived for the uplift of the poor and downtrodden.

The Vice-Chancellor said that Dr. Reddy was instrumental in launching several welfare schemes in all fields for the development of the State.

Fee reimbursement

Incharge Registrar V. Srinivas said that Dr. Reddy had encouraged the higher education by implementing the fee reimbursement scheme to all sections of society.

Earlier, the faculty members observed two minutes silence and paid respects to the departed leader.

College principal Varaprasad and others were also present.