Wednesday, November 23, 2011

CM's performance a mixed bag, Says Lok Satta Party

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy deserves both bouquets and brickbats on the completion of one year in office, said the Lok Satta Party today.

In a media statement, Lok Satta Party Working President D. V. V. S. Varma and General Secretary Katari Srinivasa Rao pointed out that although the Chief Minister has distinguished himself by launching a few people-oriented welfare and development schemes, he has failed to address some basic issues plaguing the State.

They welcomed the Chief Minister's Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu, which seeks to provide training and employment to the unemployed youth, plan to provide interest-free loans to farmers and getting 14 F removed from the Presidential Order. They also hailed the Chief Minister's attempts to eradicate corruption at the grassroots level by launching 'Mee Seva' for issuance of certificates in a time-bound manner.

They, however, faulted the Chief Minister for failing to ensure remunerative prices for agricultural produce and warding off suicides among farmers. They took exception to the Chief Minister repeatedly deferring elections to local bodies and cooperative institutions, not attempting to improve education and healthcare facilities, and not taking steps to curb liquor consumption.

What is more glaring is that the Chief Minister has maintained studied silence on allegations of corruption against top politicians and bureaucrats.

The Lok Satta leaders hoped that the Chief Minister would focus on basic issues at least now.

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