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Welfare schemes for all would continue: Andhra Pradesh CM

Posted on Dec 19, 07:20AM | UNI

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said the government would continue all existing welfare scheme despite financial crisis and will launch some more for the benefit of the poor people.

Addressing a public meeting at Gajuwaka on the second day of Indiramma Baata today, the Chief Minister dismissed the allegations made by opposition parties on discontinuing of welfare schemes in the state.

Congress party would not fear the existing problems in the state. It has become sort of a fashion for the opposition parties to comment on the government's performance, he said.

He stated that due to various reasons, the Congress government failed to release scholarships from 2008 to 2010, but soon after he assumed charge as the Chief Minister pending scholarships for students were released without leaving the students and their parents in lurch.

Congress government had introduced many welfare programmes and now the UPA government at the Centre is all set to ensure direct electronic cash transfer of subsidies under various government welfare programmes.

When a group of women raised their voices against skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, the Chief Minister said they introduced Re 1-kilo-rice scheme to give some relief to the poor when all the other essential commodities were going beyond their reach.

Senior Congress leader and member of Rajya Sabha, T Subbarami Reddy said Kiran Kuran Reddy redefined the welfare schemes in the state by introducing Re1-kilo-rice scheme and interest free loans to women inspite of hurdles posed by others.

Coming down heavily on Telugu Desam Party President Chief N Chandrababu Naidu, Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao said Congress party has not cancelled a single welfare programme, which were introduced in 2009.

On request from Gajuwaka MLA, C Venkataramaiah, Kiran Kumar Reddy announced some sops to people of Gajuwaka including Junior College at Aganampudi, marker for vegetable and fruits at Gajuwaka and sites developed in Gajuwaka will also be regularised.

The Chief Minister also laid foundation stones for Sheelanagar development of flood affected areas, Kanithi road widening,extension of drinking water pipeline in 61st and 62nd wards and modern LED lighting of Marripalem.

Ministers Ganta Srinivasa Rao, P Balaraju, Kondru Murali Mohan, Pithani Satyanarayana, MLAs and few other local leaders participated in the programme.