Every family benefitted from one initiative or other, says MLA
Former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's welfare schemes benefited the poor cutting across various barriers, speakers said at his birth anniversary organised by the Urban Community Development wing of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.
Visakhapatnam South MLA Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao said every family benefited from one scheme or the other introduced by Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy. Issue of ration cards, Aroygyasri health insurance scheme, Pavala vaddi scheme for members of self-help groups, employment training etc. benefited the poor. The credit for holding the PCC presidentship when the party was going through a rough patch and taking the marathon padayatra and bringing the party to power solely belonged to Dr. Reddy, he said.
He recalled the rare opportunity given to him on the motion thanking the Governor for his speech in the Assembly during his second stint as MLA when Rajasekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister.
Mayor P. Janardhana Rao recalled YSR's schemes that cut across barriers of religion, caste and class, which, he said, brought about a qualitative change in the lives of people.
The schemes had earned a permanent place in the hearts of the people, the Mayor said, adding that the Rosaiah Government would continue to implement them.
Municipal Commissioner V.N. Vishnu recalled his tenure as Chairman of VGTUDA and VUDA and Srikakulam district Collector and in the Secretariat under the stewardship of Dr. Reddy.
Sceptics were proved wrong with the introduction of free power for farmers and its continuation. In Srikakulam district alone, schemes worth Rs.5.000 crores, including the Vamsadhara irrigation scheme, had been taken up. It was also one of the first few districts where Arogyasri was first implemented.
Quoting a senior IAS officer, Mr. Vishnu said humanitarian outlook and forgiveness were the prominent personality traits of YSR. A cheque for Rs.3.25 crores was given away to 240 self-help groups and certificates to those trained under Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas were given away at the meeting. Corporators Koppula Venkatrao, P. Jyothi, G. Gowri, Pothuraju and M. Paiditalli and UCD Project Director D.V. Ramana Murthy participated.