Government Chief Whip Bhatti Vikramarka on Thursday called upon people’s representatives, officials and people to make Racha Banda programme being organized by state government, a grand success.
Talking to media persons at Congress Legislature party office premises, the Government Whip said that the programme is aimed to ensure that welfare schemes launched by the government reach the genuine beneficiaries.
Mr Vikramarka called upon people to come up with their grievances and suggestion on government welfare schemes during the course of the programme. He also asked the people to derive the maximum possible benefits from the government schemes since that is the purpose of such welfare programmes. The government was keen to ensure that the welfare schemes reach the people as promised in the election manifesto of Congress party, he added.
The Government Whip said the government has allocated Rs 2,500 crore for welfare schemes and released Rs 1,200 crore so far. He reiterated that the state government was committed to the welfare of farmers and poor.
Reacting on some section of Congress leaders, led by former minister Damodar Reddy, opposing the Racha Banda programme and threatened to boycott it, the Whip said “It is his personal opinion. I will not interfere in it. This programme is aimed to address people’s problems. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is continuing the legacy of former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy and making efforts to take the administration to the doorsteps of people.”
When asked about Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao’s call to boycott Racha Banda in Telangana region, demanding introduction of Telangana bill, Mr Vikramarka said that the Centre has already been making efforts to solve the issue of bifurcation of the state following the recommendations of Justice Srikrishna Committee.
Reacting on questions about the state MPs getting raw deal in the Union Cabinet expansion, he hoped that the MPs would get a chance to make it in the Union Cabinet after the tabling of General Budget in Parliament.