Special Correspondent

Eighty-four out of the 92 party MLAs attend the programmes

Chief Minister happy with ‘overwhelming response'

Thanks parties, leaders, officials for their cooperation

HYDERABAD: There are a few surprises in Praja Patham programme being organised by the government from April 19 to May 14 to take the administration to the people and solve their summer-related problems.

Independent of the stand taken by the TDP leadership about the programme, 84 out of 92 TD MLAs (91.3 per cent) attended the Praja Patham programmes.

In comparison, the participation by Congress MLAs was 90.3 per cent during the 20-day period till May 8, with 141 out of the party's 156 MLAs turning up for the Praja Patham visits. The interest taken by the Praja Rajyam was such that 17 out of its 18 MLAs took part in the visits.

A press note issued by the Chief Minister's Office on Saturday, said the Praja Patham, by and large, was peaceful in Telangana despite the call given by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi to boycott it. The government claimed that gram sabhas were conducted at 6,937 gram panchayats and municipal wards in the region without a hitch. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah expressed happiness at the “overwhelming response” that came from the elected representatives, saying the peak summer heat did not deter their enthusiasm to hear people's problems and solve them. He thanked political parties, elected representatives and officials for extending cooperation.

Rosaiah's tour

Mr. Rosaiah, who had already participated in Praja Patham in some districts, will tour Guntur district on Monday, Medak the next day and Kurnool on May 15. During his visit to Medak, he will lay the foundation-stones for a water supply scheme and a railway under bridge at Zaheerabad. So far, 78 per cent of panchayats and municipal wards have been visited by teams of officials and elected representatives as part of the programme. It was noted that drinking water, a top priority of the programme, was being supplied through tankers at 4,904 gram panchayats and wards. Water problem was solved through on-the-spot decisions at other 5,801 habitations.