Minister for Panchayat Raj, Rural Development and Mines Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy said that the Jagan Mohan Reddy government would reopen the defunct cooperative sugar factory and Vijaya Dairy in Chittoor city soon.
Mr. Reddy, who came to his home district for the first time after taking charge as the Minister, was accorded a rousing reception at Punganur, the constituency which he represents. Thousands of people from all over the western mandals thronged Punganur and greeted him with garlands and shawls.
Addressing the gathering at BMS Club at Punganur, Mr. Reddy said as per the promise of Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy during his padayatra, all dairy farmers would be provided with an additional payment of ?4 per litre of milk. The reopening of the Chittoor Sugars and dairy unit would herald a new wave of development in the region.
The Cabinet had already cleared implementation of 70% of the poll promises. Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy would give a corruption-free government to the people. “Steps will be initiated to clear the loans of DWCRA women in four phases, besides providing interest-free crop loans to farmers,” the Minister said.
Referring to the appointment of volunteers, Mr. Reddy said the scheme would give employment to lakhs of youth, and they would help all eligible families to utilise the government schemes.
Mr. Reddy, who made a whirlwind visit of Chowdepalle, Somala and Sadum mandals in Punganur constituency, promised that all the government programmes and developmental works would be completed in the constituency within five years.
The YSR Congress Party MLAs from the western mandals – P. Dwarakanath Reddy (Tamballapalle), N. Venkate Gowda (Palamaner), Chintala Ramachandra Reddy (Piler) and Nawaz Shariff (Madanapalle) – accompanied the Minister.
During Mr. Reddy’s visit, the issues of drinking water crisis, withering of crops and unemployment had predominantly surfaced.