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Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], February 20 (ANI): Complimenting the Prime Minister for his visionary leadership, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday specified six pertinent agenda points, relating to vital areas that require “utmost emphasis”.
“At the outset, I would like to compliment the Hon’ble Prime Minister for his visionary leadership and NITI Aayog for specifying six pertinent agenda points for today’s meeting. These points relate to vital areas requiring utmost emphasis, the Chief Minister said addressing the sixth Governing Council meeting of the NITI Aayog chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a videoconference.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the meeting assumes great significance in the context of the economic upheaval caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. He further added that the recent budget has been most reassuring and has provided the necessary impetus to the economy.
“It is indeed imperative that during these critical times, state governments and central government should explore opportunities to engage in meaningful discussions to adopt a unified approach towards policy formulation for the country’s economic revival,” Reddy said in his address.
Outlining the details of the first agenda point, the Chief Minister stated, “With respect to the first agenda point of Making India a Global manufacturing hub, I wish to point out that for India to become a formidable force in manufacturing, we must conduct a thorough study and analyse the factors that have contributed to the success of countries that have demonstrated good progress in the manufacturing sector.”
Reddy introduced the second agenda point as reimagining agriculture deals with a sector that employs close to 60 per cent of the country’s population and the state that employs nearly 62 per cent of the state’s population.
He stated that the aim of policy formulation with respect to agriculture and allied sectors should be to mitigate the risks and difficulties faced by farmers.
Describing his state as predominantly agrarian in nature, Reddy talked about various pro-farmer initiatives introduced by his government.
“Specific to my state, to provide sustainable irrigation, I would like to humbly request your support for quick approval of revised cost estimates of and the timely completion of the Polavaram Irrigation Project, declared as a National project. The project is regarded as my state’s lifeline and the completion of the same would contribute significantly to the increase in irrigated area, stated Reddy.
Describing the next agenda point as improving physical infrastructure, Reddy said that it is a matter of utmost importance for economic growth and poverty alleviation, adding that the importance of robust infrastructure, be it physical infrastructures such as power, roads, ports, etc. or social infrastructure such as education, healthcare, sanitation, etc, cannot be overemphasised.
Giving out details on the agenda point, the Chief Minister stated that in the power sector, efforts should be to reduce the cost of power and encourage renewable energy, adding that improvement of the financial and operational health of the distribution utilities is essential for sustainability of the sector.
The Chief Minister also pointed that with respect to education and health sectors, keeping the socio-economic conditions of the country in mind, the Government is and will be majorly responsible for providing critical services in the areas of Health and Education. However, in order to maintain the relevance of these crucial services to common people at affordable rates, there is a need to provide access to low-cost finance to State Governments for developing social infrastructure, adding that this will enable state governments to provide quality services to its citizens at affordable rates, he remarked.
He further stated that the Andhra Pradesh government is also establishing 10,000 clinics at the village level, and for tertiary care, the state government is setting up 16 new Medical Colleges in different parts of the state and five multi-specialty hospitals in Scheduled Tribal Areas, adding that three of the 15 such colleges have already been accorded sanction by the Government of India for part funding.
“I humbly request for the Government of India to part-funding the remaining 13 medical colleges. I strongly believe that the availability of doctors and nurses in rural areas is critical for providing quality healthcare services to the people at the village level. In this context, I urge the Union Government to evolve a national policy for providing one year of compulsory Government service in rural areas for medical and nursing graduates and postgraduates. All these reforms suggested, in health and education to improve quality of life will translate into reality only when the debt to these sectors is available at very low-interest rates,” stated Reddy.
Speaking about the last agenda of Improving Governance, the Chief Minister elaborated, “I feel that the solution to improved governance is decentralisation and effective use of technology. With the firm belief that service delivery should be transparent and devoid of any form of corruption or discrimination, my Government has established 15,000 Village and Ward Secretariats at village and ward levels along with volunteers with each volunteer catering to 50 houses, for providing 540 essential services to citizens.
“I believe that the services will be further improved with access to the internet to every citizen at the village level. In line with the vision of the Bharat Net project, we seek to provide internet to every citizen and the public institution at the village level. We are also establishing digital public libraries in the villages, bringing the concept of ‘work from home’ closer to the people by providing them uninterrupted access to quality internet in these libraries in every village, he added. (ANI)

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“Donation collected through door-to-door drive for temple construction would cross Rs 2,500 cr”

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): The Samarpan (donation) amount collected through door-to-door drive for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya would cross Rs 2,500 crores after the final calculation, said Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust on Saturday.
“Even if the final figures are yet to come, it can be said, based on the banks’ receipts till March 4, that the Samarpan amount would cross Rs 2,500 crores. This month, the audit of the campaign in every district of the country would also be completed,” tweeted the official account of trust.
Earlier today, Champat Rai, secretary-general Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust said the door-to-door collection drive for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya has stopped, but devotees who missed the Samarpan (contribution) drive, can still make their contributions through the trust website.
“Door-to-door collection has stopped. It will take about a month to audit the money we collected through the donation drive before the end of the financial year on March 31. People can donate online on the Trust’s website. People can donate online on the Trust’s website,” said Rai while talking to media here.
He said that the Trust is in talks to acquire land for a ground in front of the temple, though nothing decided yet. “Temple to be ready in three years,” he added.
Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust is entrusted with the task of Ram temple construction in Ayodhya. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): The Samarpan (donation) amount collected through door-to-door drive for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya would cross Rs 2,500 crores after the final calculation, said Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust on Saturday.
“Even if the final figures are yet to come, it can be said, based on the banks’ receipts till March 4, that the Samarpan amount would cross Rs 2,500 crores. This month, the audit of the campaign in every district of the country would also be completed,” tweeted the official account of trust.
Earlier today, Champat Rai, secretary-general Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust said the door-to-door collection drive for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya has stopped, but devotees who missed the Samarpan (contribution) drive, can still make their contributions through the trust website.
“Door-to-door collection has stopped. It will take about a month to audit the money we collected through the donation drive before the end of the financial year on March 31. People can donate online on the Trust’s website. People can donate online on the Trust’s website,” said Rai while talking to media here.
He said that the Trust is in talks to acquire land for a ground in front of the temple, though nothing decided yet. “Temple to be ready in three years,” he added.
Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust is entrusted with the task of Ram temple construction in Ayodhya. (ANI)

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CPI supports agitating farmers, says party’s Andhra state secretary

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Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (CPI) Andhra Pradesh state secretary K Ramakrishna on Saturday said that their party is extending full support to the farmers’ agitation which completes 100 days today.
While addressing the media here, Ramakrishna demanded the Centre government to immediately repeal the three farm laws.
The farmers’ protest against the Central government’s three farm laws has entered its 100th day on Saturday.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Ramakrishna also slammed Andhra Pradesh’s Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath over the raising the state’s debt.
“The state had debts of Rs 95000 crores by the time of bifurcation of the state. Chandrababu Naidu in his 5 years of rule raised debts of 1.30 lakh crores. But the present YSRCP government has raised debts of 1.5 lakh crores in just 20 months rule. No development works are taken up. No projects are completed. Then what for those debt amounts are raised and where they are spent,” Ramakrishna said.
He also demanded the state government to produce a white paper on the borrowings. (ANI)

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Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (CPI) Andhra Pradesh state secretary K Ramakrishna on Saturday said that their party is extending full support to the farmers’ agitation which completes 100 days today.
While addressing the media here, Ramakrishna demanded the Centre government to immediately repeal the three farm laws.
The farmers’ protest against the Central government’s three farm laws has entered its 100th day on Saturday.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Ramakrishna also slammed Andhra Pradesh’s Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath over the raising the state’s debt.
“The state had debts of Rs 95000 crores by the time of bifurcation of the state. Chandrababu Naidu in his 5 years of rule raised debts of 1.30 lakh crores. But the present YSRCP government has raised debts of 1.5 lakh crores in just 20 months rule. No development works are taken up. No projects are completed. Then what for those debt amounts are raised and where they are spent,” Ramakrishna said.
He also demanded the state government to produce a white paper on the borrowings. (ANI)

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Manipur cyclist sets out on campaign to raise funds to feed the hungry

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [india], March 6 (ANI): A cyclist from Manipur who had set out to raise funds in order to feed the hungry, reached Hyderabad on Saturday.
Rohan Philem Singh, a cyclist who has been conducting cycling campaigns since 2018 for various humane and environmental issues, now has come up with another cycling campaign to raise funds to feed the hungry.
Till now in his previous expeditions, Rohan was able to cycle for about 17,000 kilometers and now plans to travel from Kolkata to Delhi via Chennai and Mumbai or the ‘Golden Quadrilateral Route’.
Singh, speaking to ANI said, “Since 2018, I have been cycling all over India over various issues of humanity and environment under the ‘Cycling for Humanity initiative. I have now completed seven expeditions and currently, I am on my 8th expedition. During my previous expeditions, I have covered the distance of 17,000 kilometers across the country. Each and every cycling expedition has been for a cause.”
Currently, during his eighth cycling expedition, Rohan targets to feed the hungry.
“The current expedition is ‘Cycling for Humanity- Feed the hungry’. During the lockdown, we have seen people suffering for food, especially the homeless. So that is when we decided to initiate this campaign to feed the hungry and we are now able to feed at least 50 to 60 people every day.”
Further speaking, Rohan said that hunger is not just the problem of Manipur or the Northeast but of the whole country. “India is facing a lot of issues regarding malnutrition, lack of hygiene, food. Many people lose their lives due to hunger and even when I am speaking, someone is dying out there due to hunger. That is why I have taken this initiative to raise awareness about this on a Pan-India level and raise funds. When people of this country die due to hunger, it should be our first priority to feed them.”
“In this cycling expedition to feed the hungry, I will be travelling across the various cities as I call it the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’. I started from Kolkata on February 5, 2021. I will be travelling to Chennai and from there to Mumbai. Later from Mumbai, I will be cycling to Delhi and that is where the cycling ends. Hyderabad was actually not on the route map, I was actually called for interaction in Nagpur, and on my way, the program was called off, that is when I started heading towards Hyderabad.”
He said that though Hyderabad was suddenly planned, it is really good to be here as it serves my purpose. He said that he was able to raise funds and create awareness among the public of Hyderabad. “I was able to raise funds for the campaign by visiting Hyderabad. During a small interaction with the students at Holy Mary College, I was able to raise funds. This campaign is more about fundraising than just cycling. I’m more focused on interacting with people. So when more people come in for interactions, more funds will be raised,” said the cyclist hailing from Manipur.
Alongside interactions and raising funds, Rohan is also selling t-shirts wherever he is campaigning. “Furthermore, I raise funds by selling t-shirts at every place I go, ” he added.
“Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this campaign is not going as per the expectations. We have targeted more and more students for this campaign but were unable to reach many of them since most of the colleges are still shut and many colleges follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols. But I can say that the campaign is going in a flow. Till now, we were able to raise funds of about Rs 79,000 and all these funds will be used for feeding the hungry,” he said.
Rohan has adopted a mentally challenged person whom he treats like a brother.
“When I adopted my brother who is mentally challenged, that is when I have decided to work for them and always work for a better society by being a part of the solution.”
The cyclist also stated that there are many people who have been working for the cause of feeding the hungry for a long time and were able to make a change.
“If at all it takes me to work for the whole life, then I am ready to do for this cause. Not just about feeding them, but I am also planning to open a shelter home for the homeless. All I want to do is built a shelter house for the homeless and voiceless people, feed them and take care of them,” he added. (ANI)

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [india], March 6 (ANI): A cyclist from Manipur who had set out to raise funds in order to feed the hungry, reached Hyderabad on Saturday.
Rohan Philem Singh, a cyclist who has been conducting cycling campaigns since 2018 for various humane and environmental issues, now has come up with another cycling campaign to raise funds to feed the hungry.
Till now in his previous expeditions, Rohan was able to cycle for about 17,000 kilometers and now plans to travel from Kolkata to Delhi via Chennai and Mumbai or the ‘Golden Quadrilateral Route’.
Singh, speaking to ANI said, “Since 2018, I have been cycling all over India over various issues of humanity and environment under the ‘Cycling for Humanity initiative. I have now completed seven expeditions and currently, I am on my 8th expedition. During my previous expeditions, I have covered the distance of 17,000 kilometers across the country. Each and every cycling expedition has been for a cause.”
Currently, during his eighth cycling expedition, Rohan targets to feed the hungry.
“The current expedition is ‘Cycling for Humanity- Feed the hungry’. During the lockdown, we have seen people suffering for food, especially the homeless. So that is when we decided to initiate this campaign to feed the hungry and we are now able to feed at least 50 to 60 people every day.”
Further speaking, Rohan said that hunger is not just the problem of Manipur or the Northeast but of the whole country. “India is facing a lot of issues regarding malnutrition, lack of hygiene, food. Many people lose their lives due to hunger and even when I am speaking, someone is dying out there due to hunger. That is why I have taken this initiative to raise awareness about this on a Pan-India level and raise funds. When people of this country die due to hunger, it should be our first priority to feed them.”
“In this cycling expedition to feed the hungry, I will be travelling across the various cities as I call it the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’. I started from Kolkata on February 5, 2021. I will be travelling to Chennai and from there to Mumbai. Later from Mumbai, I will be cycling to Delhi and that is where the cycling ends. Hyderabad was actually not on the route map, I was actually called for interaction in Nagpur, and on my way, the program was called off, that is when I started heading towards Hyderabad.”
He said that though Hyderabad was suddenly planned, it is really good to be here as it serves my purpose. He said that he was able to raise funds and create awareness among the public of Hyderabad. “I was able to raise funds for the campaign by visiting Hyderabad. During a small interaction with the students at Holy Mary College, I was able to raise funds. This campaign is more about fundraising than just cycling. I’m more focused on interacting with people. So when more people come in for interactions, more funds will be raised,” said the cyclist hailing from Manipur.
Alongside interactions and raising funds, Rohan is also selling t-shirts wherever he is campaigning. “Furthermore, I raise funds by selling t-shirts at every place I go, ” he added.
“Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this campaign is not going as per the expectations. We have targeted more and more students for this campaign but were unable to reach many of them since most of the colleges are still shut and many colleges follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols. But I can say that the campaign is going in a flow. Till now, we were able to raise funds of about Rs 79,000 and all these funds will be used for feeding the hungry,” he said.
Rohan has adopted a mentally challenged person whom he treats like a brother.
“When I adopted my brother who is mentally challenged, that is when I have decided to work for them and always work for a better society by being a part of the solution.”
The cyclist also stated that there are many people who have been working for the cause of feeding the hungry for a long time and were able to make a change.
“If at all it takes me to work for the whole life, then I am ready to do for this cause. Not just about feeding them, but I am also planning to open a shelter home for the homeless. All I want to do is built a shelter house for the homeless and voiceless people, feed them and take care of them,” he added. (ANI)

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