Karimnagar: Health Minister Etela Rajender on Monday said urban poverty was far more dangerous than rural poverty following an unhealthy atmosphere that had developed in urban areas wherein people facing problems do not find support from any quarter.
The Telangana State government, however, has decided to extend support to the urban poor by construct shopping complexes and allocate them to the poor to run small businesses, the Minister said, participating in Pattana Pragathi programme in Huzurabad here.
“Such people should not forget me. I will not allow anybody to face problems so long as I am in the post. There should not be any discrimination and desires of the people will be fulfilled,” he said, adding: “My mother did not give the Minister’s post to me. I got the post with the votes exercised by the people. I will always remember that the fuel filled in my vehicle comes from the money paid by the people towards taxes. So, people have every right over me.”
Talking about Pattana Pragathi, Rajender urged the officials to work with commitment to maintain clean localities. Poor people are not in a position to absorb medical expenses if they are affected by diseases caused by unhygienic conditions, he said, adding that it was the responsibility of officials to maintain clean towns clean by ensuring removal of garbage regularly, increasing greenery and prevent water stagnation.
Stating that it was the responsibility of owners of open plots to maintain their lands, he said failure to do so will lead to municipal staff cleaning the land and collect charges from owners. “It is the State government which is providing everything to the people – from before their birth till their death. People should not forget their responsibilities and cooperate with the government for development,” he said.
He also advised the people not to give went to their ire at political leaders and officials who visit their localities on government duties. “Explain to the officials about your problems and get your works done,” the Minister said, and asked councilors to visit their respective wards everyday and get acquainted with the local problems by interacting with the people.
Stating that 500 double bedroom houses were ready for allocation to beneficiaries, he said people staying in huts and under plastic covers would be given houses. Listing out the developmental works taken up in the constituency, Rajender said a graveyard was constructed in Huzurabad at a cost of Rs 2 crore and four body freezers were also provided to Huzurabad hospital to preserve bodies.