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YSR shoots down Minister's suggestion

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, APRIL 1. Members of the State Cabinet, who met here on Friday were taken aback when a senior Minister suggested that the Assembly Constituency Development Fund (ACDF) be withdrawn for the Opposition MLAs and given to those from the Congress.

It is learnt that the Minister, making his point during the discussion on the `Praja Patham' programme, sought more funds for the Ministers in-charge of districts.

One way could be by diverting the funds of the Opposition MLAs to ensure equitable distribution of the same in the constituencies, he said.

Need-based facility

The Chief Minister, Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy, reportedly shot down the proposal, emphasising that every MLA had a right over the fund. Moreover, the fund was meant for need-based development but not out of political considerations.

Another suggestion came from a Minister who wanted that at least Rs.5 lakhs (out of Rs. 50 lakhs available for each constituency) be given to the in-charge Ministers. The reaction of the Chief Minister was similar to that of the earlier proposal.

The Cabinet was assured by the Chief Minister that the Backward Classes' scholarships could be hiked if needed and the BC Welfare Minister could consult BC leaders in this regard and suggest the quantum of assistance to be increased.

The Chief Minister is said to have urged the members to take an active role in Praja Patham to be launched in the second week and asked them to be prepared to face the people.

The Government had launched several developmental works and programmes for the uplift of the poor but they were not receiving adequate publicity.

Interaction urged

It would be better if Congress leaders interacted with the people and explained in detail the benefits that accrued to them during his 10-month-long rule. There was no need of any apprehensions about the naxal threat too as the leaders would be going to the people to improve their lot.

Kanda congratulated

The Chief Secretary, Mohan Kanda, who completed two years in his present position, was congratulated by the Chief Minister, Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy, and his colleagues before the Cabinet meeting began.

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