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State makes strides on all fronts, says Agriculture Minister

NOBLE GESTURE: Minister for Agriculture N. Raghuveera Reddy serving food after inaugurating the mid-day meal scheme at the ISKCON temple in Tirupati on Friday. The temple has volunteered to provide mid-day meal to students of Government schools.

NOBLE GESTURE: Minister for Agriculture N. Raghuveera Reddy serving food after inaugurating the mid-day meal scheme at the ISKCON temple in Tirupati on Friday. The temple has volunteered to provide mid-day meal to students of Government schools.  

`Progress in bridging rural-urban divide achieved'

Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: Minister for Agriculture N. Raghuveera Reddy who is also the in-charge Minister for Chittoor district lauded the rapid strides in bridging the rural-urban divide in the State under Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy's stewardship. This is in tune with Dr. Reddy's commitment to balanced development of both the sectors for an optimal growth, the Minister said.

Mr. Raghuveera Reddy was participating in a number of programmes in the Srikalahasti municipal area and distributed assets worth Rs. 11 crores to the beneficiaries.

Development

He also reeled out the works currently underway in the municipality and termed it as a `tremendous development' in a short span of just 15 months. Chief Whip N. Kirankumar Reddy participating as the chief guest described the DWCRA concept as nothing but the brain-child of the then Prime Minister, P.V. Narasimha Rao.

This was in fact the source of inspiration for the Chief Minister to launch his `Pavala Vaddi' programme which the Chief Whip claimed has now become a buzz word in the State.

Ration cards

The Collector, S.S. Rawat addressing the beneficiaries said that as many as 36,000 white ration cards, 15,000 cards were distributed so far.

Mr. Raghuveera Redy's programme at Palamaner on Thursday was marred by a dharna held by the local Telugu Desam Party MLA, Lalitha Thomas protesting against her non-inclusion in the Government programmes conducted in the town in total violation of the protocol prescribed.

Traffic remained disrupted on the Chittoor-Bangalore highway with the MLA along with her supporters squatting on the road denouncing the alleged `high-handed' behaviour of the Congress leaders.

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