Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, November 1
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said the state would forge ahead overcoming all hurdles being created by vested interests and manipulators.
During his address on the occasion of Andhra Pradesh Formation Day here on Sunday, the Chief Minister said it was through the sacrifices of great people such as Potti Sriramulu who sacrificed their lives, that Andhra state was formed on October 1, 1953, and a separate Andhra Pradesh was formed on November 1, 1956.
The Chief Minister recalled their sacrifices and said they should be an inspiration for the betterment of the society.
The Chief Minister said even today there was 33 per cent illiteracy in the state, 85 per cent of people were still dependent on white ration cards and living below poverty line, and 90 lakh women were struggling for existence.
A large extent of land did not have irrigation facility and 32 lakh people were waiting for a house, which reminds us of the government’s responsibility to fulfil the aspirations of the people, he added.
The Chief Minister said the government had been focusing on family healthcare, education, agriculture and irrigation for the past 17 months with commitment and implementing several welfare schemes for the poor. He said it was his dream to change the lives of the Telugu people radically by taking village as a unit.
The Chief Minister said: “Every village with a population of 2,000 has been provided with a village secretariat where at least 12 volunteers work relentlessly, with each volunteer catering to the needs of 50 families through door delivery of welfare schemes. The government has taken the initiative to revamp government schools on par with the private schools under the Nadu-Nedu scheme and offer English medium education to all students. The government has also been establishing health clinics in every village for their healthcare with 51 types of medicines.”
The Chief Minister said he was proud to say that all these amenities were being provided all over the state without any room for corruption for the past 17 months and without any discrimination of caste, creed or gender.
However, it was unfortunate that some unscrupulous forces in the state, who were jealous of the government’s good performance, were out to resort to mud-slinging, he added.
Earlier, Reddy hoisted the national flag and offered floral tributes to Potti Sriramulu and Telugu Thalli, and received the guard of honour on the occasion of Andhra Pradesh Formation Day.
Minister for Endowments Vellampalli Srinivas, MP Nadigam Suresh, Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney, Director General of Police Gautam Sawang, Government Adviser (public affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, Government Advisor(communications) GVD Krishna Mohan were among those present at the occasion.