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Kiran all for investing in education

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Promises quality education from government schools as it would offer ‘richest dividends'


‘Government employs around five lakh highly qualified teachers'

During Education Fortnight 68,000 dropouts were re-enrolled, says Chief Minister


KURNOOL: Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy promised quality and modern education from government schools across the State saying education and irrigation were the priority areas of his government.

Addressing a public meeting at Banganapalli on Saturday, marking conclusion of the Education Fortnight, he said the government employed around five lakh highly qualified teachers and a huge network of schools with good infrastructure. In addition, 355 model schools were being set up each costing Rs. 3 crore. Of them, 36 were sanctioned in Kurnool district. Mr. Reddy said his government believed that investing in education and the future of young children would offer the richest dividends to the State in a shortest period. During the fortnight night which focused on education, an amount of Rs. 2,500 crore fresh allocations were made and 68,000 dropouts were re-enrolled out of the total of 1.20 lakh in the State. A total of 20,000 school buildings would be constructed and Rs. 3,500 crore would be offered as scholarships including Rs. 390 crore for EBC students.

Employment generation

Mr. Reddy announced that the government would generate 15 lakh jobs in the next three years. The Chief Minister promised buildings for all mandal samakhyas in the State. Responding to the plea of public representatives for early completion of Gorakal reservoir to stabilise SRBC supply and digging of field channels, Mr. Reddy said the government would take the advice in the right earnest and do accordingly. Mr. Reddy announced a package of Rs. 18 crore for Banganapalli constituency as sought by MLA Katasani Rami Reddy including Rs. 5 crore for drains in the town. He pointed out that Banganapalli town was upgraded as ‘nagarapalika', a notch below municipality status.

Ministers Satrucharla Vijayaramaraju, T.G. Venkatesh and Sailajanath showered lavish praises on the Chief Minister for his commitment to development. MRPS activists tried to create a din at the meeting by shouting slogans in support of SC categorisation.

The officials had tough time mobilising crowd from Owk and its surrounding areas where former MLA Challa Ramakrishna Reddy prevailed upon his supporters not to attend the meeting. The vehicles sent to the places to bring crowds returned empty. Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy was opposed to MLA Katasani Ramireddy, who occupied his political space in the constituency.

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