Monday, October 8, 2012

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Manda Krishna plans 50-day yatra seeking hike in pensions

Manda Krishna
Manda Krishna

Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi president, Manda Krishna, who earlier spearheaded the cause of disadvantaged sections of society, including children with congenital heart diseases, has now turned his focus on problems faced by senior citizens and widows.

He will launch a 50 day-long 'Yuddhabheri Yatra', starting from Nellore on Sunday, covering all districts before ending it over a four-day period in Hyderabad from November 22. His primary demand is a hike in pensions from Rs. 200 to Rs. 1,000 per month, considering the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities and living costs.

Official statistics indicate that Old Age Pensions and Widow Pensions are currently disbursed to 37,84,862 and 20,277,90 persons, respectively, in Andhra Pradesh. "Among other things, my focus is on telling people how grossly inadequate this pension of Rs. 200 a month is, for these disadvantaged sections is," he said, adding that financial woes apart, there were several other social problems plaguing them.

At a press conference here on Saturday, he regretted that successive Congress governments headed by the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, K. Rosaiah and now Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had ignored promises made in the party's election manifesto. Agreeing to a Rs. 200 monthly pension for senior citizens and widows, the Centre had asked State governments to match it and even go higher if they could, he recalled, regretting that in Andhra Pradesh, though, only Rs. 200 was being paid.

Starting from Nellore on October 7, Mr. Krishna would cover Chittoor on October 8 & 9, Anantapur (10 & 11), Kadapa (12 & 13) and Kurnool (14 & 15), traversing Prakasam on October 16 & 17. His planned route will take him to Guntur, Krishna, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam Urban and Rural, East and West Godavari, Khammam, Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Medak, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar and Ranga Reddy before entering Hyderabad on November 22.


Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph 040-27846631 / 9490804278.
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