Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Secularism, development set agenda: YSR

Secularism, development set agenda, says YSR
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today asserted that protection of the secular fabric of society and promotion of sustainable development were on top of the State Government’s agenda.
Reviewing the performance of various departments with regard to welfare and developmental programmes in general, and home affairs in particular, the chief minister said maintenance of communal harmony and achieving accelerated and comprehensive development formed ‘‘the two eyes’’ of his government.
‘‘Andhra Pradesh has become a role model in the country in protecting communal harmony and providing equal opportunities to minorities, BCs, SCs/STs and other downtrodden sections in education and employment,’’ he said.
Reiterating the Government’s commitment to putting down terrorism and extremism and making the State the most sought-after destination for investment, Rajasekhara Reddy said the Government was recruiting 37,000 constables in phases for Octopus (Organisation to Counter Terrorist Operations).
The process of recruiting 17,000 constables for the force was almost complete, he said.
The Andhrapradesh Chief Minister ysr will submit a special report on ‘‘peace and development in Andhra Pradesh’’ to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the National Integration Council meeting scheduled at New Delhi on Monday.