ANDHRA PRADESH

YSR visits naxal-hit villages in Karimnagar



K.M.Dayashankar

Chief Minister to go ahead with Rajiv palle baata programme

Visits Adavi Mutharam, Kataram, Tadicherla (Malhar Rao) and Manthani mandalsInstructs police to allow villagers to come close to him for proper interactionVisits marriage pandal in Korlakunta and blesses a newly married couple

ADAVIMUTHARAM: It was really a dream come true for these villagers to see Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy visit their villages, tucked away in dense forests in the periphery of Karimnagar district adjoining the neighbouring Chhattisgarh state, and interact with them during the Rajiv palle baata (RPB) programme on Saturday.

The villagers of Adavi Mutharam, Kataram, Tadicherla (Malhar Rao) and Manthani mandals, who have never seen a Chief Minister for ages following the naxalite presence, were so thrilled to see Dr. Reddy that they accorded a rousing reception to him.

Police security

Amid unprecedented police security, the Chief Minister's pet programme of RPB passed peacefully with active participation of the villagers. Dr. Reddy also travelled a distance of about 60 kilometres on road to interact with villagers.

Only in the year 1986, former Chief Minister N T Rama Rao had visited Nimmapalli village of Adavi Muthram mandal to address the villagers. But Dr. Reddy toured all the naxalite-dominated villages in the dense forests. Pleased with the sizable turnout, he instructed the police not to cordon off the villagers and leave them free to come close to him for proper interaction.

He also visited a marriage pandal in Korlakunta village and blessed a newly married couple. He sanctioned Apathbandu scheme to a widow in Gangaram village.

All along the palle baata programme, the villagers urged the Chief Minister to sanction roads, provide water for irrigation and drinking water requirements.

Several sops

The Chief Minister also announced several sops. He vowed to take up Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project to provide irrigation facilities to about 40,000 acres in the region. He also sanctioned an ITI college in Kataram mandal headquarters and an integrated hostel in the Adavi Mutharam mandal.

He gave assurance to take up the ambitious Ring Road project connecting the interior Kataram, Mahadevpur and Adavi Mutharam mandals by getting the forest department's clearance.

He also said that he would take up developmental works under the remote and interior areas development (RIAD) programme.

The Peddapalli MP G Venkat Swamy was all praise for the Chief Minister for conducting palle bataa programme in these interior villages to redress the villagers' grievances. The Government whip D Sridhar and others were present.