YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy concluded his 3,648 km Praja Sankalpa Yatra here on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters he said his priority would be to completely overhaul the administration to take it to the doorsteps of people, if his party is voted to power in the coming elections.
After unveiling Vijaya Sankalpa Stupa, an 88-ft pylon to mark the completion of his 341-day padayatra, the Opposition leader addressed a massive public meeting on the outskirts of Ichchapuram. Explaining his vision, the YSRC chief said he would carve out 25 districts from the existing 13 in the State. "Each parliamentary constituency will be made a district for better administration. It will bring more accountability in the administration as the Collector does not need to monitor more than seven Assembly constituencies," he said.
One of the development initiatives taken by the TRS government in neighbouring Telangana is the creation of small districts to strengthen administration. In the second stage of administration revamp, it has been proposed to set up village secretariats. About 10 locals will be appointed to the village secretariat to coordinate with the official machinery in the implementation of development schemes.
"In the implementation of welfare schemes, our government will not go by caste, religion or political affiliation of the beneficiary," the YSRC chief said. Further, Jagan plans to appoint one Grama Volunteer for every 50 houses in a village.
“We will appoint service-oriented persons as volunteers, who will be paid on honorarium of Rs 5,000 per month. They will work in coordination with village secretaries and see that every scheme reaches the doorsteps of the poor. The volunteers will also ensure door-delivery of rice and other essentials to ration card holders to avoid malpractices in the public distribution system. The new mechanism will eliminate corruption in the system and ensure that Navaratnas reach all the genuine beneficiaries,” he said.
The YSRC chief lashed out at Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu by describing him as “Nara Rakshasudu” and “Narasurudu” (Nara Demon) for the “large scale corruption” in the State during the TDP regime.
He sarcastically remarked that Naidu was busy having coffee with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in Karnataka, Idli Sambar with DMK chief MK Stalin and chicken with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for a bigger role in national politics, while the farmers in the State were in dire straits due to recurring drought and frequent cyclones.
In an emotional tone, the Opposition Leader said he was moved by the suffering of people during his 341-day padayatra. “With all your blessings, I will emerge victorious. While Naidu is power hungry, my only aim is to serve the people,’’ he said.
Jagan will visit Tirumala on Thursday. After having darshan of Lord Venkateswara, he will go to Kadapa. Later, he will take out a bus yatra covering the constituencies, which were not touched during his Praja Sankalpa Yatra.
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