Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy made all efforts to woo beneficiaries during his back-to-back meetings with farmers, youth and weavers in Amalapuram in East Godavari district on the second day of his tour as part of Indiramma Bata programme.
Interacting with candidates who obtained jobs through Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu (RYK) scheme, the chief minister said that the state government never promised employment to those who underwent training in the Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu programme. The programmed does not assure government jobs but only provide training to unemployed youth in various skills and facilitate their placements in private sector.
He said that the training would help the unemployed to increase their chances of getting employment.
“Some MPs from the state misguided the Prime Minister stating that the state government assured to provide 15 lakh government jobs by 2014. I have already clarified to the Prime Minister and now, declare that about two of the 15 lakh job placements have been already provided. The government has also allotted Rs 30 crore to give Rs 3,000 in the first month to the candidates who secure jobs, to avoid financial problems,” Kiran Kumar Reddy explained. He stated that the government has given notification for filling up 1.16 lakh government jobs and recruitment was under progress for 95,000 posts.
Meanwhile, the interaction of the chief minister with the representatives of farmers community, led to mild tension when he prepared to leave the dais after some farmers’ representatives interrupted his speech and posed questions. However, he returned to speak only after the farmers agreed not to interrupt his speech again. The chief minister made it clear that he listened to their woes patiently and it was time for them to listen to his suggestions.
After explaining various welfare schemes of his government for farmers, he invited the farmers’ representatives to a meeting to be convened with the officials in Hyderabad to discuss and sort out their problems.
Earlier, Konaseema Rythu Parirakshana Samithi president Rambala Bose demanded that the chief minister implement the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission immediately to make agriculture a profitable sector. He also underlined the need to widen the irrigation drains and completion of Indira Sagar Project (ISP). Otherwise Konaseema will face severe drought again, he said.
During his interaction with weavers’s representatives in Bandarlanka and Batnapalli, Kiran Kumar Reddy said that he would hold discussions with the Centre over including weaving in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to increase employment opportunities for them.
He expressed shock after learning that weavers were getting a daily wage of Rs 60, less than 50 per cent of the wage (Rs 137) paid under the MGNREGS. “The government is very much particular about the welfare of weavers,” he said.