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Kiran firm on taking ‘Rachabanda' forward

Special Correspondent

‘Officials should be fully focussed'

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has firmly told the Ministers and Congress MLAs to confidently take forward the ‘Rachabanda' programme ‘come what may' from January 24.

In the wake of fears expressed by some party leaders about facing protests from agitators in different regions, especially in Telangana, the Chief Minister held one-on-one meetings with over half-a-dozen Ministers and MLAs at the Secretariat on Monday.

The mass contact programme to be launched from January 24 was for receiving feedback from beneficiaries on the implementation of welfare programmes. The people's representatives and government machinery should be fully focussed on the ‘Rachabanda' objectives, Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy told them. Ministers D. L. Ravindra Reddy, D. Sridhar Babu, Pithani Satyanarayana, P. Sudarshan Reddy, D. K. Aruna, D. Manikya Varaprasad Rao, were among those who discussed preparations for the programme.

Government and welfare programmes were in no way connected to any agitation, be it in Seemandhra or Telangana. Development and welfare programmes should not be derailed at any cost. That was the crux of the Chief Minister's message, a Minister said.

The mass contact programme would focus on issues concerning common people — pensions, ration cards, housing, ‘Abhaya Hastham', land related issues. “This is the first major public programme after he took over as Chief Minister. He is no mood to keep a low profile and governance on the backburner because people are restive in some areas,” another Minister said.

From Vizianagaram

Vizianagaram Correspondent adds: Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana has said that Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy will launch ‘Rachabanda' programme from the district on January 24.

At a press conference on Monday, Mr. Satyanarayana said that beneficiaries would be given ration cards and pensions besides loans at pavala vaddi scheme to DWCRA groups.

Over 15,000 new pensions would be disbursed during the programme. He said that prior to issuing new ration cards, coupons would be issued to 10,000 families who were identified during the survey, for drawing essentials from FP shops. The Minister threatened to cancel permits of truck drivers if they were found dumping garbage on the road side

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