Hyderabad: The ruling and opposition parties tried to outdo each other in the State Assembly during question hour on Wednesday over the implementation of Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) in the State.
Congress MLA C Vamsichand Reddy said that State employees were facing several problems due to the implementation of CPS and were demanding restoration of old pension scheme. Senior Congress leader G Chinna Reddy said that Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, and a few other States had appointed special committees to look into the matter.
Cornering the opposition party, Finance Minister Etela Rajender said CPS was introduced in undidivided Andhra Pradesh during former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s tenure. “It is ironic that the Congress party is now opposing the same scheme,” said Rajender.
Citing an example of benefits obtained by a headmaster after retirement, he said under the old pension scheme, the headmaster would get about Rs 43 lakh, while in the CPS, the benefits would be around Rs 78 lakh.
Bars along NH to be shifted
Home Minister N Narasimha Reddy said steps would be initiated to shift bars and wine shops on national highways in the State following the Supreme Court orders. Stressing on the measures taken by the State government to curb accidents, the Home Minister said plans were being made to establish 50 highway traffic police stations for every 50 km on national highways in the State.
Equipped with interceptor vehicles, surveillance cameras, and other advanced equipment, these stations would be covering about 3,000 km of highways, he said while replying to a question on the measures taken by government to curb accidents in the Legislative Assembly here on Wednesday.
Authorities were conducting special drives to control rash and negligent driving. Driving licences of those committing repeated violations were being suspended, besides parents were being counselled for permitting underage wards to drive vehicles, he explained.
In reply to a question on the government’s plans to extend the ‘Mana Kurugayalu’ scheme in the State, Irrigation and Marketing Minister T Harish Rao said plans were being made to set up 100 ‘Mana Kuragayalu’ centres across twin cities. ‘Mana Kuragayalu’ scheme was launched with an objective to supply fresh vegetables to consumers at affordable prices and wipe out the role of middle men, he said.
It is also helping farmers as they do not have to come to Hyderabad for selling vegetables. Everyday about 100 quintals of stock is being handled under the scheme, he said and added that in the coming days, the scheme would be extended to other towns across the State.