Staff Reporter

Hints at continuation of night-time power supply

Jharasangham (Medak): Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has assured farmers that the Government will not let even a single acre of crop to dry despite the looming power crisis.

Addressing a public meeting during Praja Patham here on Saturday, the Chief Minister hinted at continuation of night-time power supply to farmers. "This system is not new as farmers are used to watering their crops during the TDP rule," he observed. He said that the Government had nothing to hide and would like the farmers to know that it was spending Rs 40 crore everyday to purchase power from every possible source.

Advising farmers to go for capacitors, the Chief Minister asked them to consider them like stabilisers used to protect television sets. He said that farmers could save on costly motor pumps by spending as little as Rs. 300. He announced Rs. 30 crores for the development of minor irrigation system in Medak district. He assured the farmers of Zaheerabad area bordering Karnataka that Singur water would be lifted to solve their problems.

Pension raised

Announcing that the pension for widows, the old and weavers had been raised from Rs.100 to Rs. 200, he said it would be implemented from Saturday itself. He said the Government was planning to construct 60 lakh houses within three years of time with an objective to provide roof over every head. DWACRA groups in each mandal would receive loans to the tune of Rs 3 crores amounting to almost Rs 3000 crores at 25 paise rate of interest.

Earlier, he inaugurated a BC welfare hostel and water shed and visited the Ketaki Sangameswara temple in Jharasangham. Minister for School Education N. Rajyalakshmi, Minister for Minority Welfare Mohammad Fariduddin, legislators Jayaprakash Reddy, Sasidhara Reddy, Damodar Rajnarsimha, Sunitha Laxmareddy, district Collector B.Venkatesam, SP B.L.Sujatha Rao, Joint Collector Vani Mohan, Municipal Chairperson Sunitha Patil were also present at the Grama Sabha.