ANDHRA PRADESH

Naidu orders suspension of MRO

NIZAMABAD DEC. 25. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, has ordered the suspension of the Navipet MRO for failing to distribute rice to schools for the mid-day meal scheme trial run which was held on Monday. He also instructed the Collector, Ashok Kumar, to conduct an inquiry into the entire episode.

The Chief Minister made a surprise visit to several villages in the Bodhan Assembly segment on Wednesday before leaving for Hyderabad. While interacting with schoolchildren at Navipet, Mr Naidu was surprised over the non-distribution of mid-day meals during the trial run in the schools. The students complained that the food was not served in the school as the authorities had not distributed rice for the implementation of the scheme. Irked over this, the Chief Minister grilled the DEO, Appa Rao, and ordered the suspension of the MRO. He also instructed the Collector to inquire into the incident.

Earlier, the Chief Minister also made surprise visits to the villages like Neela, Neela camp, Kandukurthi, Satapur of Navipet and Renjal mandals and interacted with the people about the enrolment of children in schools and the trial run of mid-day meal schemes. At Kandakurthi village, which is located on the banks of the Godavari, he promised to strive for organising `Godavari pushkaralu' in the village.

`Reforms for welfare

of common man'

The Chief Minister also said that the reforms initiated by the State Government in various sectors were aimed only for the welfare of the common man. Talking to newsmen here at the R&B guest house on Wednesday, he stressed the need for reforms in all sectors for better results and also pointed out that "the reforms should not be a choice, but should be made compulsory.'' He said that the Government was taking all necessary steps for providing good governance to the people in the State.

In order to ensure better administration, the Government had decided to distribute about 10,000 cell phones to all MROs and MDOs in the entire State, he said, adding that they had also decided to provide cell phone services to the women Self-Help group members for better communication and for marketing of their produce. He also said that the Government was taking all steps to check formation of syndicates by contractors to avoid swindling of public money.

With regard to the linkage of national rivers to ensure water to all parts of the country, he said that he had proposed linking of Ganga and Cauvery rivers and all the States as well the Centre were talking about the linkage of rivers to ensure irrigation and drinking water facilities to everyone. Asked about the Congress proposing a BC candidate for the Chief Minister's post after its victory in elections, the Chief Minister evaded a direct reply and shot back saying that "they (Congress) do not have any sincerity and the people would not believe them.'' He said that the Congress and the TRS were cheating the people with false promise of free power supply. He said that the Government was according top priority to the Telangana region on par with other parts of the State in the allocation of colleges, professional colleges and hospitals, etc.

The Ministers, B. Gopala Krishna Reddy, Mandava Venkateshwara Rao, N. Anjaneyulu, and other legislators were present.