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Hyderabad, Sept. 22 (NSS): The Minister for Civil Supplies, Mr D. Sridhar Babu, on Thursday tasted
bitter experience from the Telangana employees in the Secretariat and forced him to abruptly withdraw
from the media conference.
Mr Sridhar Babu, along with the Minister for Revenue, Mr N Raghuveera Reddy, and the Minister
for Tourism, Mr Vatti Vasant Kumar, called a press conference in the J-block conference hall in the
Secretariat at 1 pm to brief the media about Re 1 kg rice and other welfare measures announced by the
Chief Minister on Wednesday.
Knowing about the presence of Mr Sridhar Babu at the media conference, the Telangana
employees of the Secretariat, who were staging a dharna near H-bock, forcibly entered the conference
hall.
As the employees outnumbered the police personnel, the latter failed to prevent them. Efforts of
gunmen of the three ministers to stop the employees by closing doors of the conference hall also
proved futile. The employees barged into the conference hall by raising slogans against Mr Sridhar
Babu. They raised slogans “Jai Telangana”, “Sridhar Babu Down Down” and warning “Telangana
deceivers”.
As the efforts of the security men to stop the employees have failed, a large number of employees
entered the hall and disrupted the media conference of the ministers. This incident has once again
highlighted the security lapse in the Secretariat.
Disciplining the agitating Telangana employees, the Secretariat Telangana Employees JAC
president, Mr M Narender Rao, sought permission of the minister saying that they want to talk with Mr
Sridhar Babu and took the mike from the side of journalists benches. He shot a series of questions to
Mr Sridhar Babu, who belongs to Telangana region, for attending the press conference at a time when
all the employees and workers were on strike for Telangana statehood.
Referring to the bombastic statements made by the political leaders earlier, particularly belonging
to the ruling Congress party, Mr Rao said that such comments have provoked the employees, who were
leading happy lives with their families. He held the Telangana ruling party leaders being responsible
for the unrest prevailing in the region. He directly asked Mr Sridhar Babu, who had earlier quit his
posts as a son of Telangana, why was he attending to the duties now?
“As a young leader, you have a bright political career for another 30 to 40 years. Why are you
doing such things? Have you no responsibility on the Telangana issue?”, he questioned the Civil
Supplies Minister. Stunned by the incident, Mr Sridhar Babu tried to give an explanation for his
presence at the media conference. He also tried to pacify the employees.
Mr Sridhar Babu said
that he and his colleagues were fighting with the party high command on Telangana statehood issue
and trying to convince the Centre. “I never asked the employees to go on strike on the issue. I would
never back track from my commitment on the issue. I am attending to duties as my resignation has
not been accepted. I need your cooperation also to build up my leadership. Ultimately, the people
will give a verdict every five years on the performance of the elected representatives. You should
also understand me. Moreover, I am attending the media conference as it related to welfare scheme
of Re 1 per kg rice, which benefits the poor”.
The employees insisted Mr Sridhar Babu to leave
the conference hall and extend solidarity with their agitation. Finally, the minister left the media
conference hall saying that he was not fearing the protest, but doing so as a Telangana supporter. The
minister left the conference hall along with the Telangana employees and also shouted “Jai Telangana”
outside.
Later, the press conference of the ministers continued. (NSS)

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Hyderabad, Sept. 12 (NSS): The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Monday reviewed the situation with the Cabinet Sub-Committee set up to deal with the General Strike, notice for which was given by the Telangana Employees Union.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, the ministers, Mr. Danam Nagender and Mr. Mukesh Goud, appealed to the employees to reconsider their decision and attend to their duties. Reminding that the Centre has already initiated talks on Telangana issue, they assured the employees that the government was ready to hold talks with the employees on any of their problems. They also said that the government would be constrained to consider the option of invoking G.O. 177 in case the employees go on strike on the issues not under its purview, as per the directions of the High Court.

Making it clear that the government was sympathetic towards the employees,  the ministers said the government would make alternative arrangements in the event of the employees going on strike.

The Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. C. Damodar Rajanarasimha, the ministers, Mr. Sridhar Babu, Mr. Mukesh Goud, Mr Danam Nagender, Mr. N. Raghuveera Reddy and others participated in the meeting with the Chief Minister. (NSS)

Hyderabad, Aug., 20(NSS): Congress Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumantha Rao on Saturday challenged Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy to disclose with any evidence that late YSR had made huge contributions as party funds to the High Command.

Speaking to media Mr. Hanumantha Rao ridiculed the claim of the YSR Congress President that the Mr. Ahmad Patel, Political Advisor to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi was regularly in touch with late YSR during his regime seeking various favors.

Lashing out at Jagan for such “frivolous” charges and claims, Mr. Hanumantha Rao pointed out that as Political Advisor Mr. Ahmad Patel would be in touch with various Chief Ministers regarding the implementation of various welfare schemes.  “That does not mean that he was seeking favors on behalf of the High Command”, he observed.

Mr. Hanumantha Rao further said that as the noose was tightening around Jagan’s neck for amassing wealth by dubious means, he was desperately trying to wriggle out by making imaginary charges against the High Command. “By accusing the Congress High Command of conspiring against him and indulging in witch hunting, he is trying to gain sympathy of the people in vain”, he quipped.

The Congress MP also ridiculed the demand of former minister Mr. Balineni Srinivas Reddy for a CBI probe against all the ministers who had served in the late YSR cabinet.(NSS).

 

Hyderabad, Aug. 17 (NSS): The State government has announced the implementation structure of Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu (Rajiv Education & Employment Mission)  to provide 15 lakh jobs by 2014.

The government has constituted ‘Rajiv Education & Employment Council of AP (REECAP)’ under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister to give policy direction to the Mission; and ‘Rajiv Education and Employment Mission in AP (REEMAP)’ will implement the Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu programme under the direction of REECAP.

The objectives of structure and functioning of the REECAP and REEMAP were to realize the potential of placing at least 15 lakh youth in productive employment by 2014 and to co-ordinate public / private sector initiatives in the framework of collaborative action; and to prepare sectoral Joint Action Plans (JAPs) with the private sector covering all high employment potential sectors.

It was also aimed at re-orienting the curriculum in the higher / technical /professional education in tune with the industry requirements and achieve campus placements of all students and to supervise the work of the five sub-missions constituted for the purpose by  setting targets, finalizing strategy and monitoring the  implementation; and to finalize the budgetary allocations for each Sub-Mission and to monitor the utilization of the same.

A single-window structure at the District and sub-district levels for the  purposes by integrating and restructuring the existing departmental structures already in place.

The Council shall be constituted with Chairman (Chief Minister), Vice-Chairman (Chairman, REEMAP), Member-Secretary (Mission Director, REEMAP), Ex-officio members: Dy Chief Minister, Chief Secretary (9) Ministers {LE&T, Rural Development (IKP), Municipal Administration, Youth Services, Medical & Health, Higher & Technical Education, Information Technology, Tourism and Industries} (9) Secretaries to Government (LE&T, Rural Development, MA&UD, Youth Services, Medical & Health, Tourism, Higher & Technical Education, Information Technology and Industries); and (7) representatives/academic  experts/industry experts among them representing the retail, construction, hospitality, textiles, Security, IT &ITeS, Pharmaceutical, Health Care, Tourism, Biotech, Food Processing and Banking/Insurance sectors and CII and FICCI.(NSS)

Hyderabad, Aug. 17 (NSS): The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, today requested the Government of India to advise the Oil Companies to allot eight lakh LPG connections to Andhra Pradesh per year for distribution under Deepam scheme in the next three years so as to cover maximum number of BPL families with LPG connections.

In a letter to the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr S Jaipal Reddy, the Chief Minister stated that the State government proposes to cover maximum number of BPL families with LPG connections by paying the deposit for Cylinder and Regulator with a view to protect the women from health hazards.

“I would like to bring to your notice that with a view to provide relief to the women from the drudgery of cooking with firewood, protecting them from health hazard, preventing the felling of trees and to protect the environment from pollution, the State government has been providing LP Gas connections under Deepam scheme to the BPL families viz. Antyodaya Anna Yojana, Annapurna, Self Help Groups like DWCRA, DWCUA, Thrift Groups, Vanasamrakshna Samithis and so on by paying security deposit for Cylinder and Regulator to the Oil Companies, on behalf of the beneficiary. We have allotted 37.36 lakh Deepam connections to the beneficiaries so far since 1999.  The Oil Companies in the State have assured to provide a minimum of three lakh Deepam connections during the current year,” the Chief Minister has stated.

Mr Reddy stated there were some 200 lakh families out of whom 147 lakh families (both general and Deepam beneficiaries) are having LP Gas connections.  These uncovered families mostly belong to the BPL families who would not have taken the connections due to their inability to pay the deposit towards cylinder and the regulator to the Oil Companies, added. (NSS)


Hyderabad
, Aug.16 (NSS): MIM MLA Mr. Akbaruddin has said that his remarks on the beginning of the Ramjan month about his adversaries was were misrepresented.

            Talking to newsmen after meeting the Chief Minister here on Tuesday, he has clarified that he never said that he would avenge the attack on him.

When asked about the demolition of some buildings in Chandrayana Gutta belonging to Mohammad Pahilwan (the alleged attacker on Akbaruddin), he said the government was acting on court orders and this would apply to every one. It was alleged that Mr. Akbaruddin was responsible for the demolition of his adversary’s properties. Akbar has maintained that he would not intervene in such matters. He said he had requested the Chief Minister to lift the cases foisted against Muslim youth in connection with the Macca Masjid blasts. He has also urged the Chief Minister to provide more funds for the development of the old city. He wanted the government to set up training centres for Muslim youth for competitive examinations. Another request he has made was setting apart 50 percent of the revenue coming through Challans from the Hyderabad to the GHMC, he added. He has also requested him to bring more water from Krishna. He has said he was thanking all the Hindus and Muslims who prayed for him when he was fighting for his life and also the Chief Minister and the people of the state, on his recovery. (NSS)

Hyderabad, Aug.16 (NSS): The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, today urged the Centre to permit export of additional 15 lakh million tons of rice from Andhra Pradesh to other countries through normal trade channels so that the rice held in the State was disposed of and the millers would be ready to commence paddy purchases immediately for the ensuing Kharif season of 2011-12. Consideration of this request would not result in shortage of rice either for PDS or in the open market, he added. It may be recalled here that the Centre has allowed export of 10 lakh MT of non-basmati rice on Chief Minister's request earlier.The Chief Minister, in separate letters to the Union Minister for Finance, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, and the Union Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs, Prof. K.V. Thomas, requested them to consider export of another 15 lakh MT of rice so that the millers could clear the stocks on hand and could purchase the paddy from the farmers and the farmers in turn would get the remunerative price for their produce.
            Text of the Chief Minister's letter is as follows: “I would like to bring to your kind notice that the rice production in Andhra Pradesh in 2010-11 is 143 lakh MT which is 33% higher than last year and new arrivals are expected from the last week of October, 2011.  As your are kindly aware, the godowns of the FCI are full with rice and there appears to be no scope to accept any further levy rice from the rice millers unless either additional godowns are taken on hire or the movement to other States is increased, which, in the present circumstances, appears to be not feasible. The millers are holding huge stocks of rice awaiting delivery to the FCI besides substantial quantity of levy-free rice.
            “I am sure that you would agree with me that unless the millers clear the stocks on hand with them, they will not have any liquidity to plough back for purchases of paddy in the ensuing Kharif season, which would result in the farmers agitating for remunerative prices and to per force dispose of at the distress rates in the market in spite of price support operations undertaken by the Government agencies.
            “In the present scenario, the need of the hour is to permit export of additional 15 lakh MT of rice from Andhra Pradesh to other countries through normal trade channels so that the rice held in the State is disposed of and the millers would be ready to commence paddy purchases immediately for the ensuing Kharif season of 2011-12. Considering this request, would not result in any shortage of rice either for PDS or in the open market. I shall be grateful if you could kindly consider this request favourably and arrange to issue orders at the earliest". (NSS)