Translating the promises made in the election manifesto into reality, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has started a slew of welfare measures including the distribution of quality rice, inauguration of 200-bedded hospital-cum-research centre for Nephrology besides announcing the calendar for implementation of various other public benefit programmes.
Addressing a large and enthusiastic gathering here during the launch of quality rice to white card holders under PDS (Public Distribution System here on Friday, the Chief Minister said, ‘we treat the manifesto as a sacred book and will fulfil every promise that is included in it. In that direction, today we are launching the neatly packed quality rice to the white card holders as a pilot project.
Earlier, the Chief Minister had inaugurated a 200-bedded hospital and Research Centre for Nephrology and has given a pension of Rs 10,000 each to patients suffering from stage five- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The Chief Minister had also announced Rs 5,000 pension to stage three patients.
Quality medicines will be provided to the kidney patients free of cost and free bus passes would be provided to the attendants as well and health workers would be attached to the kidney patients for helping them in course of treatment, he said.
This was the election promise made for the Uddanam kidney patients during the 3,648 km padayatra who said that people were dying as there was no facility or resource for dialysis and the government of that day has been neglecting them.
Going into the roots of the issue of kidney ailment, as a preventive measure, a Rs 600-crore project for providing safe drinking water to the 807 villages spread in two constituencies of Palasa and Ichchapuram was also inaugurated.
Besides distributing rice, the Chief Minister had also given away cheques to the Titli Cyclone affected people, who were not given sufficient exgratia by the previous government. The compensation for the loss coconut and cashew nut trees has been increased and the amount was distributed among the farmers who lost their crops during the Cyclone. During the padayatra, fishermen have asked for a jetty which will be provided along with a shelter with all amenities.