VISAKHAPATNAM: Development and welfare are two major
policies of the government and hence there was no scope for neglecting one for
the other, said Chief Minister K Rosaiah while addressing the Self Help Groups
at a function here today.
Assuring all possible help from the government to the poor
and needy, Rosaiah listed a number of welfare schemes the government has
floated and reiterated that his priority was to give the much needed protection
to the poor against the growing micro finance menace.
“We have also passed an ordinance to check this threat
because we found that many women were driven to the extreme step of committing
suicide because of the harassment meted out by the micro financial
institutions”, said Rosaiah.
The Chief Minister said the government would set up 33
social welfare residential schools in the state at an investment of around `330
crores of NABARD funds. Besides, `1,475 crores is targeted for development of
urban infrastructure under JNNURM in Visakhapatnam and housing projects.
But the government’s plans are not restricted to develop
only big cities like Visakhapatnam. We also want the second rung towns like
Srikakulam and Vizianagaram to keep pace with their bigger counterparts”,
On the occasion, Rosaiah distributed `20.13 crore bank
linkage loans among 1,326 Self-Help Groups and laid foundation stone for a
residential school at Srikrishnapuram.
Earlier, MP T Subbarami Reddy said his dream was to see
Visakhapatnam emerge as a slum-free city and exuded confidence that the
Congress government in the state would live up to the expectations of people.
Minister Balaraju, City MLAs Dronamraju Srinivas, Malla
Vijayprasad and Tynala Vijay Kumar and other congress leaders were present at