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Bandaru Dattatreya

Hyderabad, July 31 (NSS): Expressing concern over suicides of farmers in the State, the former Union Minister and BJP senior leader, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, has said that the State government’s negligent attitude was the main cause for farmer’s suicides. He demanded that the State government announce Rs 5 lakh ex gratia to the bereaved families of farmers.

            Speaking to the media at the State BJP office here on Sunday, Mr Dattatreya said the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, claims to be pro-farmer, but in practice, he was only confined to statements. He alleged that the newly-introduced scheme ‘Sagu Rythu Rakshana Hastam’ has become a big farce to the farmers. He said that the State government has announced that it would issue identity cards only to 5.42 lakh tenant farmers though it had recognized 28 lakh tenant farmers. He said that in the State there were 40 lakh tenant farmers. He criticized the government’s attitude for not issuing the cards even to one lakh tenant farmers. The tenant farmers who received identity cards were vexed as the banks denied loans and driving them towards committing suicides, he regretted.

Demanding that the State government convene an all-party meeting to discuss the steps to be taken to solve the problems of the farmers immediately instead of holding review meetings again and again with the officials, he said that the State government has to understand the situation of the farmers in East Godavari district, who announced ‘Crop Holiday’ this year in 16 mandals and transformed into migratory labourers. He said that the BJP Kisan Morcha would organize ‘Rythu Sadassulu’ in the Coastal districts.

Condemning the letter addressed by the CPI State secretary, Dr K Narayana, to the Chief Minister asking him to delete the rule that states that the Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) appoint only Hindus as its employees immediately, Mr Dattatreya said that Dr Narayana’s letter was injuring sentiments of Hindus. He said the government’s intervention in Hindu temples itself was against the spirit of secularism. He reminded that the Constitution advocates the government not to intervene in the religious matters. He asked Dr Narayana as to why he was not speaking about the issues related to other religions.

Stating that stories against Matadhipathis, Peetadhipathis, Sadhus, Sants and Swamijis in the media were painful, Mr Dattatreya said the stories were meant to damage sentiments of crores of Hindus. He dared the media to write such stories against other religious gurus if it had guts.

Warning that the Congress party would pay heavy price for its delay tactics on Telangana issue, the former Union Minister said it would not be possible to influence the 4.5 crore Telangana people like it was trying to influence its ministers, MPs and MLAs. He said that the BJP would organize awareness programmes on policies adopted by the Congress and TDP on Telangana issue on August 5, 6 and 7 in different places across Telangana region. (NSS)

Hyderabad, July 31 (NSS): The 300-bedded, upscale, multi super specialty hospital — KIMS is now NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals) accredited.

 Disclosing this in a pressnote issued today, Dr B. Bhaskar Rao, Managing Director, CEO and Cardiothoracic Surgeon of KIMS Hospital, informed that they just received the communication confirming it the accreditation.

The KIMS is one of the 98 hospitals out of hundreds and thousands hospitals in the country to have NABH accreditation. And it is the eighth hospital in the State to get the accreditation. The accreditation is granted for three years after which its standards will be reviewed.

The benefits of accreditation are manifold. Patients are the biggest beneficiary among all the stakeholders. Accreditation results in high quality of care and patient safety. The patients are serviced by credential medical staff. Rights of patients are respected and protected. Patient’s satisfaction is regularly evaluated. It also helps hospitals to stimulate continuous improvement. And enables them demonstrate commitment to quality care. The staff in an accredited hospital is satisfied lot as it provides for continuous learning, good working environment. Accreditation also provides an objective system of empanelment by insurance and other third parties. Accreditation provides access to reliable and certified information on facilities, infrastructure and level of care.  (NSS)

Hyderabad, July 31 (NSS): The TDP has demanded an apology from the YSR Congress chief, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, for dishonoring the traditions of Sri Raghavendra Swamy temple in Mantralayam.

In a statement here on Sunday, the party general secretary, Mr Chandrasekhar, has said that Mr Jagan has not only defied the temple traditions by wearing shirt while entering the temple, but also permitted his security personnel and followers to enter the temple with shoes. He said if Mr Jagan had no faith in the Hindu religion, he should keep himself away from temples and other religious places. But by defying the temple traditions, he had hurt the sentiments of crores of Hindus, Mr Chandrasekhar said.

Alleging that Mr Jagan had no regard for the highly venerated traditions of the country, Mr Chandrasekhar said that his earlier act of going to Satya Sai Mandir in Puttaparti and making his supporters raising slogans hailing him was an evidence to this. He has reminded that even the President of India, Chief Minister and ministers have earlier respected the traditions of the Sri Raghavendra Swamy temple during their visits.

Demanding that Mr Jagan should immediately apologize to the devotees, Mr Chandrasekhar has also asked the government to take suitable action against him for violation of the temple norms.  (NSS)

 

Hyderabad, July 31 (NSS): The State government is planning to launch a massive program for energy conservation to achieve potential of 20 per cent energy saving to bridge the gap between supply and demand of power to some extent in the State.

To achieve this gigantic task on a fast track, the government has constituted a high-level Energy Conservation Committee to launch massive awareness campaign throughout the State mainly involving agencies like local bodies, self-help groups and all categories of stake holders. In this regard, the Principal Secretary, Energy Department, Mr Suthirtha Bhattacharya, has issued orders to speed up the program for effective and popular campaign to conserve energy in day-to-day applications such as air-conditioners, refrigerators, and other domestic appliances, as declared very recently.

The high-level committee comprises members from all the four DISCOMS, NREDCAP and Energy Coordination Cell of Energy Department — Mr Nadeem Ahmed, CMD,  APEPDCL (Chairman), Mr P. Rajagopal Reddy, Director (Finance), APCPDCL, Mr S. Vishwanatham, Director (Operations), APSPDCL, Mr P. Ganapathi, Director (Operations), APNPDCL, Mr Ram Mohan Rao, Project Director, NREDCAP (Members). Mr  A. Chandra Sekhara Reddy, Member-Secretary, ECC, Energy Dept. is member & Convener of the committee.

In its orders, the Energy Department mentioned that the State government has initiated several energy conservation measures like Bachat Lamp Yojana Scheme, Energy Audit and so on to ensure energy savings in electricity consumption in industrial, agricultural and domestic sectors in general and to reduce the peak hour demand in particular.

The government also initiated measures to replace ICLs (Incandescent Lamps) with CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) for around 1.8 crore domestic consumers at a nominal price of Rs 15 as against market price of Rs 90 per each. Implementation of this scheme is likely to result in conservation of substantial energy and energy consumption is likely to be reduced by around 20% from the present level of energy consumption.

In order to give fillip to these energy conservation measures, there is a need to popularize various initiatives taken up in this regard and improve the implementation mechanism of such initiatives. In addition to Energy conservation measures, the government was also promoting generation of renewable energy such as wind power and solar energy, the Principal Secretary said.  The committee will review the implementation of various initiatives being undertaken at present and submit its recommendations to the government within two months. The committee shall recommend long-term and short-term measures to make Energy Conservation initiatives more effective and sustainable.

The Principal Secretary said as the economic development of  State depends  predominantly on  power sector, the government is keen on strengthening the power  sector  with full fledged support and make all possible efforts to provide quality and satisfactory supply of power to all categories of consumers even by purchasing costly power from outside the State. The State has an installed capacity of 14,938.24 MW comprising thermal and natural gas 10,168.48 MW, Hydel 3,790.36 MW, Renewable 936.13 MW and Nuclear 43.27 MW. Although the State generated 26,927.01 MU of thermal, 7,821.56 MU of Hydel and renewable sources the growing demand of the industry, domestic and agricultural sector led to a gap of around 10% between demand and supply emphasizing the need for conservation of energy in a mission mode.

The sector wise energy consumption pattern in the State shows that there is a scope and potential for an overall conservation of 20 per cent of power. Prominent sectors where conservation is feasible through effective measures are: Industry 7%, agriculture 4.5% and domestic 6%.  (NSS)

DAGGUBATI SURESH ELECTED FILM CHAMBER CHIEF

Hyderabad, July 31 (NSS): The noted film producer, Mr Daggubati Suresh has been unanimously elected president of Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Suresh, is the son of film Mogul, Mr D Ramanaidu and brother of popular actor Venkatesh. Several producers have congratulated Mr Suresh for being elected to the covetous post unanimously. Voting was going on for the election of the panel and the results may be declared by the end of the day.

For the first time, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used for the election of Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce. (NSS)

D Suresh

Guntur, July 31 (NSS): The Minister for Cooperation, Mr Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy, on Sunday assured that he would strive to strengthen the cooperative sector in the State.

            Speaking to mediapersons in the R and B Guest house here, Mr Reddy said efforts were being made to strengthen the cooperative sector for the benefit of the people. He said that computerization of 1,000 cooperative societies has already been completed. After completion of computerization of all the 2,484 branches, ATM system would be introduced in the cooperative sector, he added. (NSS)

 

Hyderabad, July 31 (NSS): The Praja Rajyam party chief, Mr K. Chiranjeevi, and the Congress MP from Vijayawada, Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal, separately met the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, in the camp office this morning.

The Chief Minister’s meeting with Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal has significance as the latter is a rabid supporter of the United Andhra Pradesh. The Vijayawada MP also reportedly discussed his constituency problems with the Chief Minister and suggested a name for the post of Chairman of Kanaka Durga temple, Vijayawada.

According to informed sources, Mr Lagadapati discussed the recent political developments in the State at the meeting for nearly half-an-hour.

Mr Chiranjeevi also called on the Chief Minister in the camp office later and brought his constituency issues to the notice of the Chief Minister. He reportedly expressed his displeasure over the Chief Minister’s cool response when his party MLAs met Mr Reddy. The inordinate delay over convening the PRP-Congress merger meeting also figured in the discussion, it is learnt. (NSS)

Chiranjeevi