‘Party gets weakened only when there is disunity’
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday exhorted the party cadre to sink differences and work hard to make AICC leader Rahul Gandhi Prime Minister in 2014.
Winding up his three-day Indiramma Baata with an interaction with party workers, he said the Congress party’s strength lies in its cadre and its weakness in disunity among them. When we are united none of the parties can defeat us. “The Congress party gets weakened only when there is disunity,” he said. The process of filling nominated posts had started and sincere party workers would be rewarded, he said, amid loud cheers.
Explaining the purpose of the Indiramma Baata to the party workers, the Chief Minister, who completed his path-breaking visit to villages in 60 assembly constituencies, urged them to ensure that the benefits of development and welfare initiatives reached the beneficiaries at the grassroots level.
He said Rs. 400 crore development works had been sanctioned during the eight-leg tour of the Indiramma Baata covering 3,500 km.
Addressing a press conference here, the Chief Minister said a platelet machine would be provided by January to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences here to provide relief to the district with high incidence of dengue.
On delay in release of water to farmers from the Obul Reddy Gundalakamma project due to non-completion of canals and issues over resettlement of oustees, he said he had directed the district leaders to sort out the issues involved.
Mr Reddy said during his interaction with the dalits at S.N.Padu recalled that
He recalled that the then TDP Government had hardly provided pension to 18 lakh people and only when an old person died another applicant was given pension. With the Congress government's decision to provide pension on a saturation basis, 72 lakh old people had been covered, he explained.
He assured the dalits that statutory backing for the SC/ST sub-plans would be provided soon to put an end to diversion of funds earmarked for SCs and STs.
“A bill will be introduced in the state assembly shortly to make it impossible even for those coming to power in the future to divert the funds meant for SCs/STs for other purposes,” he asserted amid huge applause at the meeting presided over by S.N.Padu MLA B.N.Vijaykumar.
The Congress Government had earmarked Rs. 8,500 crore to SCs and Rs. 3500 crore for STS this year under various heads to ensure that all welfare schemes including housing and pension reached them.
The state stood first in the country with construction of 55 lakh houses so far under the Indiramma scheme. Another six to seven lakh houses would be constructed under the scheme this year.
As many as 15 lakh houses were under different stages of construction. The Government would have to provide houses for another 10 lakh beneficiaries under Indiramma, he added.
He said Rs. 400 cr. development works have been sanctioned during the Indiramma Baata The government has earmarked Rs. 8,500 crore for SCs and Rs. 3,500 crore for STs this year
He said Rs. 400 cr. development works have been sanctioned during the Indiramma Baata
The government has earmarked Rs. 8,500 crore for SCs and Rs. 3,500 crore for STs this year