Govt committed to minority welfare: AP CM

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Kadapa, Jan 24 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said the state government was committed to the development of the minorities and spending huge funds for their welfare in the state.

He said the government had sanctioned Rs 90 crore as scholarship for students belonging to minority communities in 2007-08, compared to Rs 3 crore during 2003-04.

The Chief Minister, who arrived here on a three-day visit to the district, participated in several developmental programmes.

Earlier, Dr Reddy laid the foundation stone for the gunny bags factory at Vempalli village in his Pulivendula costituency for Rs 15 crore.

Dr Reddy said the government had established 12 minority residential schools in the state to provide quality education and four per cent reservation in employment.

The Chief Minister said efforts were on to bring water from Krishna within a year at a cost of Rs 2000 crore.

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