December 18, 2012 - Visakhapatnam, India: Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday evening promised fisherwomen of the sea front village of Cheepaluppada near Visakhapatnam that he would favourably look into their demands including MGNREGS scheme during the fishing holiday season, a permanent jetty at the Gambhiram stream and a cold storage unit to help them thrive in their profession.
The chief minister spoke to several locals of Cheepaluppada, including a Class 12 student Anusha, who complained about the lack of proper educational institutions near the village and sought more number of bus services on the Vizag-Bheemili route .
While pointing out that though she belonged to the financially weaker section of society, she was not receiving any financial aid from the government as she had been slotted in the open category.
Kiran Kumar informed the fisherfolk that the government was working on a plan to provide them a GPS system that would help them track fish easily and would be available at a Rs 30,000 subsidy (50% of the total cost). He also promised to deal with their housing woes as per rules without violating the CRZ regulations. Earlier in the day, the CM inaugurated a Rs 60 crore JNNURM housing project which would now house over 2462 families at Paradesipalem near Visakhapatnam. He said that the government had completed over 16,500 units in the first phase, with 10,000 more to be completed soon. He also said plans were afoot to set up a PHC along with a school and a major sports centre on five acres of land in nearby Madhurwada.
The CM also inaugurated a 100-feet wide, 2.9 km road connecting the highway to the beach road and the Kapuluppada-Madhurawada road.
The CM's entourage comprised party whip and MLA Vizag South Dronamraju Srinivas, ministers Ganta Srinivasa Rao , Dharmana Prasada Rao, Kondru Murali, Thota Narsimham, Bheemili MLA M Srinivas, as well as MLAs Malla Vijay Prasad and Thynala Vijay Kumar, collector V Seshadri .
Source: The Times of India