Amaravati: Continuing infant mortality, maternal mortality, injustice in the name of caste and religion and the inability of scores of children to enroll themselves in schools remain a blot on the country, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy said on Thursday.
In his maiden address to the gathering after unfurling the national tricolour on Independence Day in Vijayawada, the Chief Minister said the country could not get rid of several ills despite the British exiting it 73 years ago. Why is it happening so? We all should responsibly search for an answer as to whether we all really got Independence or is it limited only to a few, he said.
Stating that agriculture, industrial and services sectors witnessed a significant growth in the last 73 years, Jagan said a corrupt and middlemen system grew even faster, depriving the benefits of development to the deserving sections. Should we reform this rotten system for the better or leave it like that in desperation that power and corruption will remain mixed like milk and water, Jagan wondered.
It was with a determination to reform the system that his government introduced the Navaratnalu, welfare schemes for the uplift of the downtrodden and the deprived sections with a corruption-free and inclusive governance, he said. He listed out the various initiatives taken up by his 78-day-old government in the State to ensure accountability in administration and development.
Mahatma Gandhi, Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh and such legends wished for a society where there was no exploitation, where equality prevailed and tears of all the helpless people wiped out, he said.
“In tune with their wishes, and as a reflection of Independence, I promise that governance in Andhra Pradesh will continue on those lines, the Chief Minister said.
He then presented the Presidents Police Medal for Distinguished Service to Additional Director General of Police Harish Kumar Gupta, retired IGP Sheik Mohammad Iqbal, Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service to SP-rank officers G V G Ashok Kumar and M Ravi Prakash, Police Medal for Gallantry to IPS officers Rahul Dev Sharma, Babujee Attada and Kolli Raghuram Reddy. Awards in various other categories were also given away to police officials on the occasion.
Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam, Director General of Police D Gautam Sawang and senior bureaucrats attended the event.
‘Village Volunteers System’ launched on I-Day
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday launched government’s flagship programme Village Volunteers system. The announcement was made during his Independence Day address in Vijayawada.
After listing out various schemes of the newly-elected state government, the Chief Minister announced the ‘Village Volunteers System’. The scheme, aimed at providing governance services at doorsteps of people, will involve over 2.8 lakh volunteers.
The scheme would be launched on October 2, which also marks 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
“The Chief Minister announced that the village secretariats would be launched from October 2 by making the volunteers a bridge between the government and the people. He said village secretariats would be set up in each village to deliver governance to people in 72 hours,” read a press release from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office.
Under the scheme, one volunteer will cover 50 families in each village. Identity cards will be given to each volunteer and they would get an honorarium of Rs 5,000 per month.
A toll-free telephone number 1902 would be set up at the call centre in the Chief Minister Office to receive the grievances of the people.
“The basic idea behind implementing the scheme is to infuse confidence among the people in the government and to see that their basic needs are met at their door-steps,” the release stated.