The Chief Minister Sri N Kiran Kumar Reddy wished the people of Andhra Pradesh a happy and prosperous Deepavali. In a special message to the people on the eve of the Deepavali, he said “Let Deepavali, the festival of lights bring lights to the life of the people of the State, Deepavali symbolises the victory of Goodness over Evil and Light over Darkness. It lights up one’s mind, and burns away ego, jealousy, anger, lust and greed which when extinguished in the flame of the light, gives rise to pure knowledge. Let the whole year be a brighter year for all of us”.
The Chief Minister reminded that on the occasion of Deepavali, many new schemes like Re.1-a-kg rice scheme (maximum 20 kg to all BPL families) to benefit 2.26 crore families and 7.5 crore people will be launched in six days from now i.e. on November 1 (Andhra Pradesh Formation Day) all over the State. This is the first time in the history of the State rice is being supplied at Re.1-a-kg to 2.26 crore families.
The Chief Minister said other welfare schemes like 0% interest crop loans up to Rs.1 lakh for farmers, Indira Jala Prabha by which 10 lakh fallow lands of SCs/STs will be brought under cultivation, 15 lakh new jobs for unemployed youth through Rajiv Yuvakiranaalu, filling up of 1.16 lakh government jobs by the end of this year, additional ration cards, pensions, Indiramma Housing etc. through Rachchabanda II Phase, issue of all certificates and licences electronically through a transparent system and release of funds for priority schemes though green channel etc. will be implemented in right earnest as per schedule. He said all the ongoing welfare schemes will also be continued.
Rice stocks towards this scheme are already being positioned in all ration shops. The Chief Minister also said that the Prime Minister will present the appointment order to 1 lakh youth by the year end. Notification process for recruitment to 1.16 lakh government jobs is on and department vacancies have already been published. Another most important scheme is the 0% interest crop loans to the tune of Rs.1 lakh to benefit 95 lakh farmers who makes prompt repayment.
The Chief Minister hoped that Polavaram and Pranahitha-Chevella would be declared National Projects. He said all efforts are being made in this regard. He said he had asked the Government of India to increase the MSP for paddy taking into account the scientifically calculated cost of cultivation so that it should be remunerative to farmers. He wished the people of the State a happy Deepavali and said his government will continue all the welfare and development programmes in right earnest.
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