Tuesday, December 23, 2008

AP women make me proud: YSR

AP women make me proud: YSR
‘It’s a dream come true for me,’ said Kapila, a first year intermediate student, studying in a corporate college here.
Narrating her story before Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy as a part of the latter’s interaction with SHG members and their families, she said: “When I got 560 marks in class 10, I started dreaming of joining a corporate college to write EAMCET examination and become a doctor.” As Kapila’s mother is a SHG member, the group leaders approached officials and helped her in securing admission at a corporate college with the financial assistance from the Government. Now on the path towards achieving her goal, Kapila says, as her eyes well up, that she wants to become a cardiologist. Bowing before the Chief Minister, the girl said that she was able to continue her studies because of the Chief Minister’s decision to extend financial assistance to poor students. She appealed to the Chief Minister to extend the facility to more number of students like her.
Following her appeal, the Chief Minister announced that the benefit would be extended to 16,000 students, as against 8,000 this year. He said interest subsidy would be provided to those students pursuing education in foreign countries.
Congratulating the girl on her determination, the Chief Minister said: “Sky is the limit for women and AP women make me proud by achieving economic independence and placing the State over other states.” In an interaction programme organised with SHG samakhyas of Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore and Khammam districts, women leaders shared the dais with the Chief Minister. He spent more than one and half hours interacting with SHG members and asking about the education of their children.
A woman from Ibrahimpatnam, Venkatalakshmi, said that the SHG members had started a social action committee to prevent domestic violence. She said that the committee had so far solved 4,200 cases in Krishna district. Praising the initiative of the committee, the Chief Minister advised the SHG members to ensure that such cases are referred to family counselling centres for uniting the couple.
Another woman, Samudrala Kalyani of Phirangipuram in Guntur district, said that she was eking out a living through the 25 paise interest scheme. She proudly added that her daughter was studying B.Pharmacy and praised the Chief Minister for introducing fee reimbursement to economically backward caste students.
Promising implementation of more welfare programmes, Reddy appealed to the women to support Congress in the coming elections.