Chief Minister attends gram sabha in naxal-dominated village
The scheme aims at providing irrigation to over 21,000 acres in 12 villages YSR says that efforts are on to save crops by ensuring 7-hour power supply
KURNOOL: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy attended a gram sabha and a public meeting at the naxal-dominated Nallakalva village in Atmakur constituency of Kurnool district on Thursday.
Nallakalva, a remote village close to the Nallamala forest, was the base for CPI (Maoist) squads till a few years ago. The police had a tough time in providing security to the Chief Minister and a host of other leaders in the high-risk village.
Dr. Reddy laid foundation stone for the Siddhapuram lift irrigation scheme being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 49 crores, which provides irrigation to 21,300 acres in 12 villages besides extending incidental benefits to half a dozen villages in the form of recharged groundwater. The improved irrigation facility would give a fillip to agriculture in the most backward and sensitive villages.
Addressing the public meeting, he said that the Government was making every effort to save crops by ensuring power supply for seven hours. During monsoon, the entire supply was made during daytime. But now, some one-third of the area was being given partial supply during nights on rotation basis.
Night supply was not a new policy but had been in force in the last 15 years, he said, and added that the Government spent some Rs. 5 crores per day to purchase power from other States.
Dr. Reddy tried to draw a comparison between the policies of the TDP and Congress Governments saying that houses were sanctioned to those who had affiliation with the TDP (identifying them as "yellow shirts") while it was fair procedure now based on the needs of the people, irrespective of caste, creed and political affiliation.
He said ration cards were now being given to all deserving families and asked people not to make any visit to revenue offices as all the cards would be delivered at their door-step.
Atmakur MLA E. Pratap Reddy presided over the meeting. Mareppa, Minister, SPY Reddy, MP, G. Pratap Reddy, M. Sikhamani, Rambhupal Reddy, G. Charita, Ch. Ramakrishna Reddy, all MLAs, were present.