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YSR promises aid to orphanages

Special Correspondent

Lays stone for Muslim girls orphanage



Orphanage allotted 4.70 acres of land free of charge

YSR speaks in Urdu on the request of Kadapa MLA



KADAPA: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Saturday assured the State government’s assistance if service-oriented organisations came forward to educate and rehabilitate orphans.

Addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone for Haleema Sadiya Muslim girls orphanage here, Dr. Reddy said the State government would extend all possible assistance to ensure that orphans, especially girls, did not feel let down. The government allotted 4.70 acres worth Rs. 1 crore, free of charge to the orphanage.

The government was extending four per cent reservations to Muslims and asked the minorities if they were aware of the quota and they replied in the affirmative. He spoke a couple of lines in Urdu on the request of Kadapa MLA Mohd. Ahmedullah.

Donations

The Chief Minister called upon philanthropists to donate liberally for the orphanage and Congress leaders responded favourably. Kadapa Mayor P. Ravindranath Reddy announced his contribution of Rs. 10 lakh, auditor Khasim Khan Rs. 5 lakh, Congress leader T.K. Afzal Khan Rs. 6 lakh and corporator Amjad Basha Rs. 2 lakh. Dr. Reddy told Mr. Ahmedullah to contribute Rs. 10 lakh for the orphanage.

Earlier, MLC Peer Ahmed Shabbir said Dr. Reddy was striving for development of minorities unlike any other Chief Minister.

Budgetary outlay for minorities in one year by Dr. Reddy was higher than the total outlay during the Telugu Desam Party’s nine-year rule, he said.

Quota helped Muslims study engineering, medicine and other professional courses. Jamiat-e-Ulama leaders praised the Chief Minister for according priority to the welfare of Muslims.

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