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Call for donations to enable free power supply

By Our Staff Reporter

CUDDAPAH, MAY 25. Representatives of some voluntary organisations on Tuesday called upon people from all walks of life to generously donate to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to enable the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Government to supply free power to agriculturists.

Addressing a press conference here, the Lions Club zonal chairperson, Y.S. Bharathi Reddy, the People's Action in Development (PAID) president, M. Nageswara Reddy, and the Scheduled Tribes Welfare Association president, Yerram Reddy, thanked the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, for signing on the free power supply file immediately after his swearing-in, thereby fulfilling his election promise. They also welcomed the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh's support for free power to farmers in the State.

They lamented the spate of farmers' suicides due to debts, lack of remunerative prices for agricultural produce and the sale of spurious seeds. The Chief Minister was perturbed at the continuing suicides by farmers, despite extending financial assistance to rehabilitate the families of the victims, they noted.

They called upon farmers to desist from ending their lives, as the Government was determined to help them. They said members of their organisations would tour the State and strive to infuse confidence among the farmers. They promised to donate funds for free power through their organisations.

Ms. Bharathi Reddy released pamphlets calling upon the people to contribute their mite for the cause.

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