Kakinada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Wednesday said that the Gram Swaraj which Mahatma Gandhi had dreamed would be achieved only through the village secretariats.
Delivering the inaugural address at the village secretariat in Karapa of East Godavari district here on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of the Father of the Nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, he said Gandhiji’s services should be remembered and the village secretariat system was a marathon attempt to provide corruption-free governance. It was to the credit of the YSR Congress Party government that it could provide four lakh jobs in four months.
“We have given permanent jobs for ten people in every village and created a secretariat for every 2,000 population,” he disclosed.
Announcing that all secretariat personnel would be provided a smart phone each, he revealed that an additional volunteer was engaged for every 50 homes and every village would have a secretariat by December and all the eligible people would be given ration cards and Arogyasree cards at their door step. Also every farmer would be given Rs 12,500 in a bid to achieve the Gram Swaraj of Gandhiji, he stated. “By January 1, 2020 next year all the 500 plus government services will be made available in village secretariats. It is our goal to take the government welfare schemes to every door steps. The present village administration is in doll drums. During previous government, nothing moved without giving bribe. We have set up village secretariats to permanently erase such corrupt practices,” he stated.
The Chief Minister also pointed out that the government could bring down the sale of liquor by 20 per cent within 100 days of its coming to power. By Ugadi festival day, all the poor would be given house-sites. Steps were being taken to improve public health and eradicate illiteracy. In the event of any volunteer indulging in corruption, one could ring up 1902 to complain to CM’s office directly, he said.
He also said the government would launch Rythu Bharosa programme on October 15 and Amma Vodi from January 26. As many as 25 lakh eligible poor would be given house-site pattas on the Ugadi day, he said.
Earlier, the Chef Minister unveiled a pylon at the village secretariat on the occasion.