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Massive Healthcare Scheme on Cards for Telangana: KCR

The TRS will undertake a massive exercise of creating a health profile of each and every citizen in Telangana State once it forms the government for a second term, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said on Wednesday. The government which was successful in implementing the Kanti Velugu scheme also plans to conduct eye surgeries in January after returning to power as well as deploy medical teams to conduct ENT and dental screening of all the citizens shortly. Making the announcement at the Praja Ashirwada Sabha at Jadcherla in Mahabubnagar district, the Chief Minister stated that soon after the elections, the government will constitute ENT and dental teams across the State to screen people for problems related to ear, nose, throat and dental on the lines of Kanti Velugu eye screening camps. “Both the schemes will be implemented one after the other soon. We will prepare health profile of every citizen of the State including his/her blood group,” he said. Wondering why Congress and TDP failed to implement schemes like Kanti Velugu and KCR kits to provide better medical services to the poor and the needy, he said: “It must be because they lack humanity. Unlike Congress and TDP, TRS does not divide people on the basis of caste, religion or region, and the way government schemes are implemented bear testimony to this.” The Chief Minister wanted people to question TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and Congress leaders over their failure to complete pending projects in erstwhile Mahabubnagar district during their regimes in undivided AP. He pointed out that Chandrababu Naidu and the subsequent Congress governments had turned erstwhile Mahabubnagar into a district of migration.

“Chandrababu Naidu adopted the district but failed to take up any development programs during his tenure as Chief Minister. Since the formation of the State, he has been attempting to obstruct the Palamuru Lift Irrigation Scheme and seeking votes from the same citizens of Palamuru region without any shame or guilt for the injustice meted out to them by him,” he said. Referring to the growth in the agriculture sector, Chandrashekhar Rao said about 8.5 lakh acres were brought under cultivation in erstwhile Mahabubnagar district through completion of pending irrigation projects. He stated that about 90 percent of the works had been completed and vowed to complete the ongoing irrigation projects and bring one crore acres into cultivation in the State including 20 lakh acres in erstwhile Mahabubnagar district alone. He pointed out that construction of Uddandapur reservoir had been started to benefit Jadcherla, Kalwakurthy, Narayanpur and Kodangal constituencies. Emphasising the need to end drought conditions in the district, he stated that TRS took up construction of Kalwakurthy, Bhima, Nettempadu and Koil Sagar projects as well as reservoirs at Narlapur, Vattem and Lakshmidevipally to achieve this objective. The Chief Minister wanted people to question the basis on which TDP candidates were contesting in the elections when Naidu was opposing irrigation projects which will benefit the region. “Isn’t Naidu ashamed to seek votes in Telangana when he is seeking to stall projects in the State? Do we, the people of Telangana, look like fools to vote for TDP after what Naidu has done to us? People must ensure that such Andhra leaders lose their deposits in the elections,” he said.

Terming Naidu as a ghost who refuses to let people of Telangana State live in peace, Chandrashekhar Rao said that he was able to drive him away but has returned again for political gains. He urged people not to get carried away by the empty promises of the Congress-TDP alliance and placed the onus for wiping out TDP from the State on the people. Further, the Chief Minister blamed Congress leaders Nagam Janardhan Reddy, Pavan Kumar Reddy and Harshavardhan Reddy for stalling construction of Palamuru project by filing 35 cases and provoking people against the project by promising good remuneration for their lands when Congress comes to power. “It is not just about the election but about the future of the State. If we remain silent and not stop them despite knowing their reality, the entire district will stand to lose,” he cautioned. Chandrashekhar Rao said Health Minister C Laxma Reddy was his right hand since the separate Statehood movement and exuded confidence that he would win with 76 percent vote share. On the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, he extended wishes to the Muslim brethren and stated that except for Telangana, no other State in the country including Jammu and Kashmir where a Muslim was a Chief Minister, was implementing large-scale welfare schemes for minorities. TRS secretary general K Keshava Rao, Mahabubnagar MP Jithender Reddy, MLC Kasireddy Narayana and other TRS leaders were also present.

Beware of AP knives: KCR tells people

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday warned people to watch out for ‘knives’ being attempted to be brought into the State from Andhra Pradesh and leaders of political parties in Telangana who will use them to stab the people of the State. Addressing an election rally at Nakrekal, Chandrashekhar Rao recalled that a similar situation existed during the Statehood movement. “I had then said grave danger was posed to Telangana by AP leaders who were arming some political parties with knives to cause severe harm to the people of the State,” he said. Declaring that the same threat has returned now, Chandrashekhar Rao said it is the Telangana Congress that is now is carrying AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu led TDP on its shoulders. “Who is doing this now? It is those who are twice my size. It is Congress leaders K Jana Reddy and N Uttam Kumar Reddy.

They want Telangana to be enslaved to Amaravati. Should we allow them to do that,” Chandrashekhar Rao asked and the nearly 60,000 strong crowd responded raising their hands and waving no. “We don’t have to hit or abuse those attempting to come and control us. All we have to do is to defeat them, ensure their candidates do not even retain their security deposits,” he added. The TRS president, who spoke about the various welfare schemes launched by the State government and development programs taken up, said people of the State have seen what the TRS government has done on these fronts in the past four years. “In fact, people are giving better speeches than me on what TRS government has done. When TV reporters go and ask people in villages, they are clearly explaining what we have done. The elderly are even calling me their eldest son,” he said.

Giving the example of Kanti Velugu program, he said this will be followed with State-wide ENT and dental check-ups, blood tests and preparation of complete health profiles of every one of Telangana’s 3.9 crore residents. “Then we can ensure better health interventions, ensure faster and better care to people based on their health profiles,” he said. He said Telangana was achieved after a long and hard 14-year old struggle amidst naysayers and hurdles created by those who did not want the State to become a reality. “People should ensure that this hard-fought battle is not lost and their dreams and aspirations are not destroyed by political parties bent upon undoing everything we have all worked for,” he said. He urged Nakrekal voters to cast their votes for TRS candidate Vemula Veeresham who he said had a bright future and is likely to be given increased responsibilities in the next government. – Telangana Today