AP CM re-dedicates to realise state founders' dreams

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Hyderabad, Nov 1 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today reiterated his government's commitment to usher in a all round development of the region and all sections in the state.

Delivering a special address after taking salute at a ceremonial parade on the 52nd 'Andhra Pradesh Formation Day', Dr Reddy highlighted several welfare schemes for the benefit of the poor, farmers, workers and women. He also asserted that his government would relentlessly strive to provide the development benefits to the common man overcoming all hurdles, as dreamt by freedom fighters, including Hyderabad State's first Chief Minister B Ramakrishna and unified State's first Chief Minister Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy.

The government, which had brought under irrigation an additional 12 lakh acre in the last three years, would ensure water for additional seven lakh acre during the farming season. ''My Government's ultimate aim is to ensure water for one crore acre at a cost of Rs 1,00,000 crore'', Dr Reddy added.

Describing his government as ''farmer-friendly'', Dr Reddy recalled the steps taken for their welfare, including waiver of power tariff dues and implementation of free power scheme. The Chief Minister, who empathised with the farmers, who were dissatisfied with the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy announced by the Centre, said he would strive hard to ensure that the Centre enhanced the MSP and rendered justice to paddy-growers.

Referring to the state government for fighting a case against a multi-national seed company to bring down the price of genetically-modified cotton seeds, the Chief Minister said his government would stand by the farmers.

''My government, which had distributed 4.50 lakh acre of land to many landless poor, would distribute another 1.5 lakh acre later this month,'' he added.

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