New AP Chief Minister to undertake mass-contact programme
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Last Updated: Friday, December 03, 2010, 00:11
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh's new Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday decided to undertake a mass contact programme, which late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was to launch on the day he died in a chopper crash last year.

Kiran Reddy would resume the 'Rachabanda' programme soon, Information Minister D K Aruna told reporters after the first meeting of the state cabinet tonight.

As per the programme, the chief minister would tour a village without announcing his visit much in advance and meet the residents at a centre point to enquire how the welfare and development schemes are being implemented.

Rajasekhara Reddy left by a chopper from Hyderabad on September two last year to a village in Chittoor district, but died in a tragic chopper crash.

In the cabinet meeting, Kiran Reddy stressed the need to effectively fulfil the promises made in the Congress manifestos for the Assembly elections in 2004 and 2009, Aruna said.

He directed that the Rs 591 crore sanctioned for undertaking the works related to the damage caused by floods and heavy rains be properly utilised, she said.

The cabinet decided to hike the Dearness Allowance for government employees to 8.56 per cent. It will come into force with retrospective effect from July one.

The hike in DA would put an additional burden of Rs 1,498 crore on the state's exchequer, Aruna said.

The Chief Minister would launch the 'Pushkaram' (the ritual of taking sacred bath that comes once in every 12 years) for Pranahita river on December six, she said.

Reddy directed the Ministers to attend to the problems of various sections like employees of '104' medical emergency services, who have been agitating for regularisation of services.

The Chief Minister also appreciated the services rendered by his predecessor K Rosaiah from September three last year to November 24 this year, Aruna added.


First Published: Friday, December 03, 2010, 00:11

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