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‘Power charge hike will be reviewed’

G. Ravikiran
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Opposition politicising hike, says CM while launching Indiramma Baata

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy after unveiling the pylon for the Somasila High Level Canal (Lift Irrigation) Project at Somasila as part of Indiramma Baata.- Photo: K. Ravikumar
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy after unveiling the pylon for the Somasila High Level Canal (Lift Irrigation) Project at Somasila as part of Indiramma Baata.- Photo: K. Ravikumar

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy began his three-day ‘Indiramma Baata’ mass contact programme here in Nellore district on Monday when he sought to allay fears on the hike in power charges saying that this would be reviewed in the next five days to avoid any burden on poor people. He dismissed the criticism being made by the “Opposition parties and the media” in this connection as baseless and politically motivated.

“They are spreading false messages . The Congress doesn’t need to learn any lessons from Chandrababu Naidu or BJP. We are conscious of our party’s commitment to the poor and we know how to protect their interests,” the Chief Minister said.

On the first day of Indiramma Baata, Mr. Kirankumar Reddy addressed a public meeting after the foundation stone function for the Rs. 785-crore Somasila High Level Canal (Lift Irrigation) project here. The project was aimed at providing irrigation water to 90,000 acres in six upland mandals in the Nellore district and also drinking water to 2.35 lakh population spread over 58 villages.

Asserting that Rs. 5,700 crore was provided in the budget for subsidised power supply, the Chief Minster appealed to the consumers not to fear on account of the hike in charges as the subsidy component was being increased regardless of the Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) orders. “After I return to Hyderabad on April 4, I will look into the issue. There is a difficult situation at present. We have to buy power at Rs. 12.30 per unit. But the free seven-hour supply is being given to farmers though there are some problems here and there,” he said.

Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy presided over the meeting. Major Irrigation Minister P. Sudarshan Reddy, Nellore district in-charge minister Pithani Satyanarayana (Minister for Social Welfare), Municipal Administration Minister M. Maheedhar Reddy, Tribal Welfare Minister Pasupuleti Bala Raju and a host of MLAs, MLCs and people’s representatives were present.

Earlier, the Chief Minister arrived at Somasila around 12 noon. At the public meeting venue, he laid foundation stones for water supply, storm water drainage schemes and road works to be taken up in Atmakur municipality.

CM in KGR Palem today

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy will take part in a slew of programmes on the second day of his Indiramma Baata in Gudur and Sarvepalli areas in Nellore district on Tuesday.

He will interact with MGNREGS beneficiaries at KGR Palem and visit Indiramma Amrutha Hastam Centre at Chaganam and interact with Yanadi Samakhya members at Chennur of Gudur mandal.

He will inaugurate drinking water scheme and also interact on SC, ST sub-plan at Gudur. He will then visit social welfare hostel at Manubolu.

At Sarvepalli, he will lay foundation stone for the Rs. 450-crore factory of UPI Polymers Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture with Middle East Industrial Investment, Abu Dhabi.

He will also address a public meeting there after participating in various programmes.

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