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CM skips speech at gram sabha

By Our Staff Reporter

VANIPENTA (CUDDAPAH DT.), June 2. The Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu, on Saturday agreed to sanction a sluice from the subsidiary reservoir near D bund of the Telugu Ganga project, for augmenting irrigation facilities to Vanipenta and adjoining areas in Mydukur constituency.

Mr. Naidu devoted about two hours for interacting with the sarpanch, education committee chairman, DWCRA members and some villagers at the gram sabha at the zilla parishad high school here and sanctioning some demands of the local people, without delivering his usual address. On the request of the Mydukur MLA, Mr. S. Raghurami Reddy, Mr. Naidu sanctioned Rs. 3 lakhs for undertaking repairs to Yerracheruvu tank in the village and promised to construct a 30-bed hospital for which public contribution of about Rs. 1.50 lakhs was assured by the MLA.

He directed the District Collector, Mr. Adhar Sinha, to take up construction of a bus stand in the village. He also promised to consider starting of a backward class residential school and hostel in the Telugu Ganga quarters, which were vacant for several years.

Mr. Naidu briefly spoke about Neeru-Meeru, Janani, Cheyutha, Deepam and girl child protection schemes and about the Government's keenness on economic empowerment of women through DWCRA. He went round the photo exhibitions organised by the DRDA, DPAP, the Forest and Agriculture departments and opened the medical and veterinary camps at the Vanipenta ZP high school.

The Chief Minister, the Collector and the sarpanch, Mr. Jaffer Hussain, repeatedly called for the education committee chairman, Mr. Ghouse Lazam, but he came to the dais only after a gap of 15 minutes because he was pushed away by the Superintendent of Police, Mr. Nalin Prabhat, and some constables later, when he tried to come towards the dais and was engaged in an argument with the police.

The Chief Minister presented a bouquet to Ms. Sharmila Parveen, who stood first in the school in SSC and said she should strive to top the district in Intermediate. The local medical officer, Mydukur APSRTC depot manager, university and college teachers deputed to JB, three education committee chairmen, were not present although Mr. Naidu called them on the mike to speak to them.

Mr. Naidu directed the DRDA Project Director, Mr. B. Sarat Chandra Reddy, to ensure rehabilitation of 500 families of brass artisans, who are languishing for want of work.

The DWCRA group leader, Mrs. Veerubai, told Mr. Naidu that the village was facing drinking water scarcity, farmers had no irrigation water and remunerative prices for groundnut and turmeric and sought sanction of a water supply scheme for the area.

The District Panchayat Officer, Dr. G. Sankaraiah, who is the nodal officer, said only four representations were received during the 14th phase of Janmabhoomi and one pertaining to old age pension was sanctioned and the remaining three representations were rejected. He said 29 persons in Vanipenta village were suffering from elephantiasis and were being provided medical treatment.

A heavy bandobust was organised and leaders, presspersons and people were sent into the gram sabha venue through a metal detector after checking the area with explosive and landmine detectors.

The Minister for Women and Child Welfare, Mrs. S. Saraswathi, also participated.

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