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CM promises ‘Roti, kapda, makaan’ for poor

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday announced that his government would ensure ‘Roti, kapda, makaan’ (food, clothing and home) to the common people in the State.

Addressing a public meeting at Asifabad as part of the Rachabanda programme, the Chief Minister recalled that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has brought a revolution in the country with her slogan of ‘Gharibi Hatao’. Taking inspiration from Indira Gandhi, the State Government would ensure ‘Roti, kapda, maakan’ to the common people, he said adding that Rs 1-a-kilo rice scheme was among several initiatives taken in this regard.

The Chief Minister listed out various programmes taken by his government in the recent past. He said nearly 30 lakh ration cards were issued to the poor people across the State during the first and second phase of Rachabanda programme. Of this, nearly 44,000 cards have been issued in the Adilabad district alone. Similarly, of nearly 8 lakh pensions for poor, widows and old age people, more than 17,000 pensions have been issued for Adilabad district.

Regarding housing scheme, the Chief Minister said that since 2004, the state government has constructed 52 lakh houses for the poor. Presently, the construction of nearly 15 lakh houses is still on and the government proposes to construct 32,000 more houses for people falling in various categories.

Kiran Kumar Reddy reiterated that his government would provide jobs to about 15 lakh youth in the next three years. He said Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will hand over the appointment letter to one lakh youth on December 1. He said nearly 40,000 youth of Adilabad district would be benefitted from the scheme.

The Chief Minister told the gathering that the state government was planning to extend the recently launched Mee Seva centres across the State. He said the Mee Centres would eradicate corruption from several government offices and people would have easy access to several certificates and documents that they need for various purposes.

Quoting a survey, the Chief Minister said that on an average a common was forced to pay bribe of Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 to get a certificate. On an average Rs 2,000 crore was being paid by the common man as bribe only to get copies of certain certificates. With the establishment of Mee Seva centres across the State, the common man would have an easy access to the certificates besides putting an end to corruption in the government offices.

Kiran Kumar Reddy announced that the government would set up 52 model schools in the district. He said drip irrigation projects would also be started soon in the district.

Earlier, the Chief Minister launched the Kommarambheem project constructed at a cost of Rs 450 crore. (INN)

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