YSR rubbishes TDP promises

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Srikalahasti, Chittoor, Jun 24: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajshekhara Reddy today alleged that the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ''had done nothing for the farmers'' during its regime.

Addressing a public meeting at S V Degree college grounds here, Mr Reddy, who arrived here for his two-day visit to Srikalahasti, Tirupati and Tirumala in Chittoor, said party would continue to give free power to the state and the Union government had positively responded to the increase of MSP for paddy to Rs 1000 per tonne from existing Rs 850.

While highlighting their achievements and welfare scheme taken up during its four-and-a-half-year rule, he said four crore farmers across the country would be benefited from the Central government's decision to waive farm loans of Rs 70,000 cr, while 83 lakh farmers would gain from the waiver of Rs 13,00 crore in Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation for 2600 houses under Indiramma phase II programme at Rajivnagar colony in Srikalahasti.

Later, he proceeded to Tirupati where he unveiled great Ramayana poet Valmiki's statue near SVIMS and inaugurated the Rs 13.35 crore India's second and south India' s first integrated pack house and vapour heat treatment plant at market yard premise.

He also laid foundation stones for Rs 52.62 crore worth storm water drainage system and statues for Rs 19.18 crore underground drainage system.

Before proceeding to Tirumala, Mr Reddy attended various programmes at Tummalagunta near Tirupati.

UNI

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