AP CM upset over absenteeism in assembly

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Hyderabad, Feb 28 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekahra Reddy today expressed his anger over his party MLAs and some ministers for not attending the Budget Sessions in the Assembly and Legislative Council.

Sources said here, the Chief Minister, who presided over the cabinet meeting in the Secretariat, had instructed the ministers and Congress MLAs to be present in the Houses and to avoid meetings in the premises when the sessions were in progress.

He said the MLAs should meet the visitors only after the adjournment of the House every day.

Dr Reddy also directed the MLAs, ministers and other people representatives to visit social welfare hostels and study the problems facing by the students. Sufficient funds would be released to solve the problems after the representatives submitted their proposals, he added.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet adopted 'Resolution of thanks' to the Chief Secretary J Harinarayana, who would retire from the services tomorrow, for cooperating with the government in implementing programmes successfully. The Chief Minister introduced the resolution in the meeting.

The cabinet ministers K Rosaiah, D Srinivas, Jana Reddy and P Laxmaiah hailed the services rendered by the Chief Secretary on the occasion. Mr Harinarayana also thanked Dr Reddy for giving him an opportunity to discharge his duty to his satisfaction.

The cabinet also ratified 'Pavala Vaddi' (25 paise interest rate) loan scheme for the weavers, which would be introduced in the State from April one. About 2.60 lakh weavers would be benefitted from the scheme.

The cabinet had sanctioned for Rs two per kg rice scheme and it would be launched from April seven in the State. The scheme would cover about 1.80 crore white-card holders.

The cabinet had also decided to introduce bills by replacing the Ordinances pertaining to Municipal administration and Transport department in the present budget session, the sources added.

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