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The Lok Satta party today demanded that the Andhar Pradesh Government immediately appoint a chairperson to the State Women's Commission and help curb atrocities against women.
Addressing mediapersons here, party spokesperson S Manorama and Mahila Satta State Coordinator N Saroja Devi said about 13,000 cases of atrocities against women were pending with the commission. The Government's complacency in the appointment of a chairperson ran counter to its claim of empowering women, they claimed.
Demanding closure of belt shops, the Lok Satta leaders said mere extension of loans at three per cent interest would not make poor women self-reliant as they were the prime victims of liquor menace.
'Tapping huge revenue from liquor will never promote development'
Instead of making people self-reliant, they are made beggars, says party
HYDERABAD: Lok Satta Party (LSP) on Friday contested Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy's claim that his Government has done everything ranging from supply of rice at Rs. 2-a-kg, loans at three per cent interest rate and health care for all.
All these schemes put together have not brought about any significant transformation in the lives of the people, LSP spokesmen Katari Srinivasa Rao and B. Krishna Reddy said citing the visit by party president Jayaprakash Narayan to two villages, Enkatal in Ranga Reddy and Rama Reddy in Nizamabad recently.
They said the colleges in these two villages did not have adequate number of teachers. Lecturers appointed on contract basis were not paid salaries for the last six months. Nor were they equipped with laboratories. To make things worse there are no toilets for students.
At the primary health centre, two patients shared one bed and none in the two villages had availed of the medical treatment under Arogyasri. A large number of people suffered from malaria while malnourishment was rampant among children. "The sops that the Government provides by tapping huge revenue from liquor will never promote development. Instead of making people self reliant, the Government is turning people into beggars," they said.
Courtesy: The Hindu
Hyderabad | Thursday, Nov 13 2008 IST
Taking strong exception to the state government asking civic bodies to remit the fees collected under the building regularisation and layout regularisation schemes into the treasury, the Lok Satta today claimed it was totally contrary to Municipal Administration Minister Koneru Ranga Rao's promise that the amount would be kept in a separate account and utilised to meet local needs.
Briefing the media, party spokespersons Katari Srinivasa Rao and B Krishna Reddy said the Government had collected Rs 605 crore under the two schemes covered by GO 901 and 902, even as a public interest litigation petition filed by Lok Satta questioning them was pending in the High Court.
The Lok Satta had opposed the schemes right from the beginning as they sought to penalise innocent buyers of flats and plots instead of officials and builders responsible for irregularities, they said, adding that the Government was now seeking to divert the penal fees into the treasury to meet its expenses on ''unproductive schemes''.
The Lok Satta demanded that the Rs 605 crore be utilised towards improving civic amenities like parks, commmunity halls, playgrounds and roads in towns and cities, they added.