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PDS not to be winded up: CM

Posted on Jan 08, 12:09PM | UNI

Andhra Pradesh Chef Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said there was no truth in the propaganda being unleashed by the opposition parties that Aadhaar seeding was aimed at winding up Public Distribution System (PDS).

Addressing a public meeting after formally launching the Aadhaar-based direct cash transfer scheme at Gollaprolu in East Godavari district, he said the PDS would be further strengthened by adding five or six more commodities to the existing ones from the next Ugadi festival.

Allaying the apprehensions over the Aadhaar scheme, the Chief Minister said it was aimed at weeding out bogus cards and ensuring the benefits were enjoyed only by the real beneficiaries.

The Chief Minister clarified that the Congress government was committed to continuance of welfare schemes and during his tenure as the Chief Minister all the fee reimbursement arrears were cleared and the farmers were extended several concessions.

During the TDP regime, especially during Mr Naidu's tenure the compensation paid to the crops damaged in natural calamities was only Rs 4,500 per hectare but during the congress regime it was raised to Rs 6,000 per hectare and now it was further enhanced to Rs 10,000 per hectare, he said.

Pithapuram MLA Vanga Geeta, who presided over, appealed to the Chief Minister to sanction Rs 24 crore for the development of roads and bridges in her constituency.

Minister for Stamps and Registrations Thota Narasimham and Amalapuram MP Harshakumar also addressed the gathering.

Ministers Balaraju, Sabita Indra Reddy and Dokka Manikya Varaprasad were among those who attended.