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VISAKHAPATNAM: Assembly Speaker N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has said if political parties reflect people's problems they would be in the ruling, otherwise they would end up in the opposition.
Addressing a meeting at Gopalapatnam on Monday after inaugurating a Rs.1.2-crore drinking water scheme that benefit 29,000 people, he said he was holding a constitutional post and had no funds but he could direct the government to take action on people's problems. As Speaker he had faced certain situations like tackling the 240 resignations.
Owing to floods and the agitation over separate State, the State was in difficulties due to loss of revenue of about Rs.5,000 crore to Rs.6,000 crore. In spite of it, the government should work hard to fulfil the promises made by Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Stating that he was instrumental in working out schemes that would do good to people along with others including Konathala Ramakrishna and Raghuveeera Reddy when in the Opposition, he recalled the ‘pavala vaddi' programme was announced in his village by YSR. Among the others was housing, and of the 70 lakh units planned, 35 lakh were completed. From about Rs.500 crores being given to DWCRA members, the amount for Indira Kranti Patham and ‘pavala vaddi' went up to Rs.20,000 crores. While the number of pensions rose from 18 lakhs to 72 lakhs, the amount was increased to Rs.200 and Rs.500 for the disabled. About 29 lakh students were getting Rs.2,800 crore towards scholarships and fee reimbursement.
Referring to the Simhachalam land issue raised earlier, Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy said he would try within his limits to help solve the problem. A Legislative Committee was working on it.
Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju said Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy was elected four times to the House and had contained the Opposition as Chief Whip.
He hailed from a political family and his father Amarnath Reddy was a Minister. Mr. Balaraju recalled that Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy was a fine cricketer and captained the South Zone team.
He said the government was trying to solve the problem of merged villages by appointing an officer.
Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao, MLAs Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao, Tyanala Vijay Kumar and Malla Vijay Prasad and Congress floor leader in GVMC Behera Bhaskara Rao spoke.
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