Friday, August 21, 2009

Lok Satta to gear up for Municipal elections

The Lok Satta Party has constituted a 14-member committee under the chairmanship of Mr. DVVS Varma to galvanize the party for contesting municipal elections all over the State. The committee will monitor the mass contact program based on peoples’ problems at the municipality level.

Briefing the media today on the decisions taken by the party’s Working Committee yesterday, party spokesmen Katari Srinivasa Rao and V. Laxman Balaji said that the party would appoint a team leader in every municipality and party in-charges in 50-60 identified Assembly constituencies to undertake enrolment of executive members and work for resolution of people’s problems.

The party decided to identify 1000 small towns in the State and launch a movement for the formation of local governments. The problems of the towns and the resources would be displayed on hoardings to educate and mobilize people for a concerted movement.

The party decided to constitute district committees after the top leadership had an exchange of views with the 14 people tentatively chosen for each district by party observers. The committees for Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari would be finalized at a meeting at Visakhapatnam on August 29.

The party also decided to train five resource persons from every Assembly constituency in Hyderabad and to strive to open a citizens’ service center in every constituency.

Memo to Human Rights Commission:

Meanwhile, the State Mahila Satta leaders today represented to the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission, Mr. Justice Subhashini Reddy, to take steps for closure of belt shops and toddy outlets both of which are selling adulterated stuff and playing with people’s lives.

The Mahila Satta pointed out that successive Governments had been promoting liquor and toddy consumption by all means treating them as sources of revenue, unmindful of the fact that already 70 lakh families had been ruined by liquor addition.

In response to the people’s agitation against the liquor menace, the Government had formed a committee ostensibly to liberate them from the evil. But the committee remained a mute spectator to the growing consumption of intoxicants.

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