TAMIL NADU

`Put pressure on naxalites to join mainstream'

HYDERABAD OCT. 13. The Cabinet has come out with an appeal to the people of the State to "come forward" for bringing pressure on naxalites of the People's War enabling them to eschew violence and join the mainstream.

A resolution seeking cooperation from the public for this initiative for the first time for establishing peace in the State was unanimously adopted at its meeting here today.

Through the same resolution, the Cabinet also extended an olive branch to naxalites once again by issuing a separate appeal to them to give up violence and join the Government efforts for the uplift of the poor.

This was the first meeting of the Cabinet after the naxalite attack on the Chief Minister at Tirupati on October 1.

It was held at the Chief Minister's residence, departing from the regular practice of holding such meetings in the Secretariat.

Briefing the press later, the Information and Public Relations Minister, S. Chandramohan Reddy, said the meeting also condemned the attack on the Chief Minister in the "severest terms" and thanked the people not only from the State but also all over the country for their condemnation of the attack and for the affection and love shown by them through pujas for speedy recovery of the Chief Minister and the Employment Generation Minister, B. Gopalakrishna Reddy, and others who were injured in the blast.

The meeting reviewed the drought situation in relation to the reservoirs position and continued dry spell in parts of the State and declared 11 more mandals drought-hit, adding to the existing list of 305.

The names of the newly added mandals were Pathapatnam (Srikakulam), Gopalapuram, Koyyalagudem (West Godavari), Kruttivennu (Krishna), Cherukupalli (Guntur), Kota (Nellore), Avaduta Kasineni (Cuddapah), Gajwel, Toopran (Medak), Sirpur "U" (Adilabad) and Mallapur (Karimnagar).

It was also decided to give 6 lakh "drought pensions" to the poorest of the poor for nine months (October to June), enabling them to get 10 kg rice a month.

Mr. Reddy said that as some farmers failed to sow crops for kharif due to lack of water, the Government would supply seeds at 75 per cent subsidy for raising commercial and ID crops during rabi restricting the benefit to a maximum of two hectares per ryot.This would be applicable to all the regions.

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