TDP accused of creating hurdles at all stages
ONGOLE: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has literally launched campaign for local body elections by exhorting people to extend support to the Congress Government to complete all irrigation projects and provide basic amenities to the poor under Indiramma programme in the next three years.
Dr. Reddy laid foundation stone for Rs. 735-crore second tunnel at Dornala to take up Velugonda project in entirety fulfilling the long-cherished dream of the western parts of Prakasam district and Rs. 12-crore drinking water scheme at Giddalur.
Later, addressing a public meeting in Giddalur, he said that Andhra Pradesh got irrigation potential of 75-lakh acres under all irrigation projects completed in the last 150 years.
But, the Congress Government took up the stupendous task of providing irrigation to 75 lakh acres more in the next five years, thanks to the support given by the people, the rain god and the Congress Government at the Centre.
He made a frontal attack on the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for creating hurdles in irrigation projects. It first questioned about availability of water, later availability of funds and raised the bogey of corruption and finally went to Supreme Court to thwart the projects as it was afraid that their completion would spell doom to it politically.
But the Congress Government held open debates on the 41 irrigation projects to clear doubts and the TDP could not prove any of its charges.
Dr. Reddy said that he laid equal emphasis on welfare of people and launched Indiramma programme to provide houses, latrines, power connection, ration cards to the poor.
The Chief Minister launched girl education scheme which would be implemented in nine districts, including Prakasam, to provide scholarship to SC and ST students studying in eighth class (Rs. 50 per month), ninth class (Rs. 75) and 10th class (Rs. 100). Giddalur MLA Pagadala Ramaiah presided.
Finance Minister K. Rosaiah asked people to support the Government on the basis of good work done by it in the last two years.