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Reminiscent of TDP's gram sabhas

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The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, addressing a 'Pragathi Patham' meeting at Pandurangapuram in Kurnool district on Monday

KURNOOL, APRIL 11. `Pragathi Patham' meeting at Pandurangapuram near Nandyal in Kurnool district on Monday brought the memories of gram sabhas during the Telugu Desam regime.

The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, after distributing assets and going round an exhibition on development, interacted with public at the village centre. He told the crowd that he would prefer listening to them rather than making a formal speech and asked women to react.

A scheduled caste woman, Laxmi Devi, urged the Chief Minister to provide help to her family saying that after her husband fell sick, they had stopped sending their child to school and both were working as manual labourers.

Dr. Reddy promised to admit her child to a residential school and sanction a house site. However, the woman insisted that she be sanctioned a pucca house and a ration card. Dr. Reddy responded positively.

Water crisis

The village elder, Appi Reddy, told the Chief Minister that the residents were facing inconvenience, as the drinking water supply system was unable to meet the demand after the population increased. Also, he asked for roads in the village.

The Chief Minister promised a comprehensive protected water scheme with a large summer storage tank costing Rs. 6. crores to ensure supply for 12 villages. Dr. Reddy praised the villagers for creating basic infrastructure without the Government help by forming eight independent committees to take care of subjects like water supply, education, library, temple, etc.

The Chief Minister cut short the meeting much to the disappointment of villagers, as he was to address a public meeting on the outskirts of the village.

Earlier, Dr. Rajasekhar Reddy rode a bullock cart in the village and reached Panduranga Swamy temple. The villagers recalled that Dr. Reddy visited the village in 1997 as the leader of Opposition and with the blessing of Panduranga Swamy, he was promoted to the post of Chief Minister. Dr. Reddy acknowledged the sentiment of the villagers at the gram sabha.

Sunkesula barrage

The MP, SPY Reddy, urged the Chief Minister to take steps for settling the dispute over the vent in the Sunkesula barrage and erecting the gates to the Velugodu reservoir. The gates would ensure impounding of 16.9 tmcft, which would make the area affluent. Also, he underscored the need for developing field channels to make use of SRBC canal water.

The activists of MRPS staged a demonstration at the venue of the public meeting. Dr. Reddy told the protesters that the Assembly had passed the bill and referred it to Parliament.

Saying that he had expressed solidarity with MRPS over the issue, he remarked that only Parliament could give a final shape to categorisation.

The Ministers, K. Ramakrishna, M. Mareppa, the MLAs, S. Mohan Reddy, G. Pratap Reddy, K. Rambhupal Reddy, E. Pratap Reddy, M. Sikhamani, Gouru Charita and others were present.

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