It’s exactly three years ago, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy took the first step for ‘Padayatra’.
Starting on November 6, 2017 from YSR Ghat at Idupulapaya to the northeastern tip of Ichchapuram, the ‘PrajaSankalpaYatra’ was a roaring success with huge crowds joining the chorus and asking for a change.
The young leader had logged 3,648 km in a space of 341 days covering 134 assembly constituencies and crossing milestones one after the other and scaling the popularity chart which has reflected in the thunderous mandate of 151 seats in the 175-member State Assembly.
After coming to power, Jagan Mohan Reddy has been implementing the promises made during the Padayatra particularly in the last 17 months of governance.
He appointed lakhs of volunteers to bring the welfare schemes of the government to the people. For the delivery of all social benefits, one village secretariat was set up for a population of every 2,000 persons ushering in Gram Swaraj. The secretariats provide over 500 types of services and about 10 to 12 locals are employed with each volunteer looking after 50 houses. This initiative provides employment as well as services under one roof in the same village.
Farmer welfare has been a priority. From providing quality seeds and other inputs to the marketing of their agricultural produce, RythuBharosaKendras(RBKs) were set up across the State to take care of the needs of farmers.
RythuBharosa is being given at Rs 13,500 per family annually and MSP was announced to all crops including perishable goods. A Market Stabilisation Fund with Rs 3,000 crores was set up to check price fluctuations.
Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has introduced VidyaKanuka which provides the uniform and study material matching with those going to corporate schools and has introduced the English medium from the primary level.
Every mother who sends her child to school gets Rs 15,000. Aargoyasri got a new lease of life with the flagging off of a fleet of 1200 ambulances of 104 and 108 on a single day. The number of ailments was up by 1,000 and all medical treatments more than Rs 5 lakhs were brought under its cover.
The scope and extent of Aarogyasri were widened and Covid was also brought under Aarogyasri. SampoornaPoshana provides nutritious food for pregnant and lactating mothers and children going to Anganwadis.
Social empowerment has been in its full flow with 50 percent reservations to weaker sections in Agriculture Marketing Committees, Temple Boards and half of the post being reserved to women in nominated posts and nominated works.
The YSRCP leader Vijay Sai Reddy said 90 percent of poll promises were fulfilled.
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West Bengal labourer dies in Karnataka in pit collapse
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 25 (ANI): A 21-year-old labourer from West Bengal died after the pit he was digging collapsed on him in the Kengeri area of Bengaluru on Wednesday evening, said Karnataka Police on Thursday.
According to the police’s statement, deceased Chanchal Burman (21) was digging a pit to construct a wall against the Vrushabhavati canal when the pit caved in killing him.
“A person Chanchal Burman (21) belonging from west Bengal has died yesterday evening in Kengeri police station limits. He was working as a labourer with Vastu properties. He was digging a pit to construct a wall against Vrushabhavati canal. He died when the mud collapsed on him,” said the statement. (ANI)
Two jawans killed, one injured in Naxal incidents in Chhattisgarh
Narayanpur (Chhattisgarh) [India], February 25 (ANI): In three separate Naxal related incidents, two jawans lost their lives while one was injured on Wednesday.
According to IG Bastar P Sundarraj, on the morning of February 24 around 10 am, there was an encounter between security forces and Naxals in the forest hill of village Kukur under the police station Sonpur area of Narayanpur district. DRG jawan Kaner Usendi lost his life in the incident.
In another incident, an IED blast took place on February 24 around 11 am in the village Karelaghati under the police station Kukrajhore area of Narayanpur district. CAF constable Bankeshwar Paikra was injured when a joint police party was hit by an IED blast during area domination.
On the same day, a joint party of ITBP and District force left for RSO duty from Sonpur police station of district Narayanpur. Around 18:15 pm, a pipe bomb exploded a kilometre ahead of Sonpur police station in which ITBP jawan L.T. Balachandra lost his life. (ANI)
Lt Governor-headed committee to monitor Covid-19 vaccination in Puducherry
Puducherry [India], February 25 (ANI): A 22-member COVID Intensive Vaccination Committee led by Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has been constituted in Puducherry to monitor and upscale the inoculation activities in the Union Territory.
In a letter, Lt Governor asked the committee to meet once a week to discuss the progress and to plan future actions.
The committee shall access the gaps in implementation, she ordered. It shall adopt methodologies in upscaling the COVID vaccine and also review the awareness and outreach of the programme.
Puducherry has reported 39,656 COVID cases so far.
The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination in India will begin from March,1 in which people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities will be vaccinated, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday. The minister said that those who would take the vaccine at private centres will have to pay from their own pocket. (ANI)
Earthquake of magnitude 3.3 hits Manipur
Ukhrul (Manipur) [India], February 25 (ANI): An earthquake of magnitude 3.3 on the Richter scale hit Manipur’s Shirui on Thursday, informed the National Centre for Seismology (NCS).
According to the NCS, the quake occurred at 9.19 am today.
“Earthquake of Magnitude: 3.3, Occurred on 25-02-2021, 09:19:01 IST, Lat: 25.21 & Long: 94.37, Depth: 48 Km, Location: 10km NNW of Shirui, Manipur,” tweeted NCB.
Earlier today, an earthquake of magnitude 2.4 on the Richter scale hit Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba at 3.55 am. (ANI)
Navy sailor death case: Police probing suicide angle
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 25 (ANI): Maharashtra Police is probing the suicide angle into the death of the Navy official who succumbed to his burn injuries in Palghar, on February 6, said Dattatray Shinde, Superintendent of Police, Palghar on Wednesday.
“We found that Suraj Kumar Dubey (27) had invested money in the share market and took a loan which he couldn’t repay. To escape from this situation, we suspect he made up his abduction story,” said the SP.
He said that during the investigation, police found CCTV footage of the Dubey buying fuel at a petrol pump.
“We’re probing into the suicide angle. Before his death, he gave a statement against three persons who abducted him from Chennai airport at gunpoint and later burnt him alive in jungles of Vevaji in Palghar, Maharashtra,” Shinde added.
Dubey, a Navy official succumbed to burn injuries on February 6.
Police had earlier said, “Dubey was kidnapped from near the Chennai airport and taken to the jungles of Vevaji in Palghar. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakh to release him, but the demand was not fulfilled by the kin of the Navy official. Enraged at this, the kidnappers set the man on fire and left him to die in the jungle.”
Based on Dubey’s statement before his death, the police had filed a case against three unidentified persons. (ANI)
One held by Central Crime Branch in Bengaluru, 1.2 kg gold seized
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 25 (ANI): Central Crime Branch (CCB) arrested one person for allegedly possessing gold jewellery illegally worth over Rs 60 lakh.
“CCB, Bengaluru arrested a notorious habitual offender and seized 1.280 kilograms of gold jewellery – worth Rs 61 lakh, one pistol and five bullets from his possession,” Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) said on Thursday.
A case has been registered and further investigation is underway.
In another case on February 23, the CCB has arrested two Nigerian nationals for alleged drug peddling in the Indiranagar area here.
“CCB has arrested two Nigerian nationals on charges of drug peddling and seized 56 ecstasy pills from them in Indiranagar,” the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) said on Tuesday. (ANI)
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