Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: The Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy government was spending about Rs. 2,000 crore in the district to provide shelter to the poor and downtrodden in the society.

With the completion of about 2 lakh houses, the dreams of owning a house by the poor were being realised in a phased manner, Minister for Panchayat Raj J.C. Diwakar Reddy said at Pamidi on Sunday.

Speaking at the Indiramma Sambaralu meeting, the Minister said the Congress government in the State was making all efforts to provide the three basic needs of shelter, food and clothing through its schemes. The eligible poor were being provided succour irrespective of their caste and creed, he said. The elderly, widows, physically challenged and aged weavers were also being given social security pensions.

Free power

While States like Tamil Nadu and Punjab had withdrawn the free power scheme to farming, the Rajasekhara Reddy government was continuing it for the last four-and-half years without any problem.

The previous TDP government had sanctioned only 115 houses to Pamidi mandal in nine years while the Congress government had sanctioned 3,800 houses and 3,034 pensions in the third phase of Indiramma.

Houses for SCs and STs were being constructed by the government by taking complete responsibility, he noted.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson T. Kavitha and Anantapur MP A. Venkatarami Reddy said the government had sanctioned 5.65 lakh houses to the district during the last four years.

They assured the farming community of all help in the face of total groundnut crop failure this season. The farmers who were not covered under loan waiver scheme would be paid Rs. 5,000 each on November 19, the birthday of late Indira Gandhi.