Navaratnalu Manifesto Should Be Like Geeta, Bible and Quran  

Undavalli: Speaking at the first Collectors Conference held in Praja Vedika at Undavalli on Monday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reminded Collectors that ," We are not rulers, but public servants". He said that this was one thing we should remember and remind ourselves every day, while we work towards fulfilling peoples' expectations.

Every Minister, Collector and Government official should keep a copy of the Navaratnalu Manifesto with them and in every government office as a reminder of their duty, he directed. Speaking further, YS Jagan said that the Manifesto should be revered like the holy books similar to Bhagavad Geeta, Bible, Quran.

Highlights from YS Jagan's speech at the Collectors Conference:
- Welcome people with a smile: People have voted for us by reposing trust in us,in the belief that we will implement the Manifesto in its entirety. They have given you the power through me because they believed in us.

- Though I give the instructions, it is you (Collectors) who have to implement it. We all have to work together, only then can we fulfill people's aspirations. I need your support in this endeavour.

- We have to implement every aspect in the Manifesto to enable people to ask us for votes in the next elections and this responsibility lies in our hands.

- MLAs have a key role to play in Democracy who have been voted by the people. We have to take their opinion before making or taking any decision. Greet them and the people with a smile when they come to you.

- This government will not tolerate any kind of corruption or irregularities. Stringent action will be taken against any one irrespective of their designation or ranking.

MLAs and officials are like the two eyes of democracy and they should work in tandem.

- Prime importance should be given to farmers, SCs STs, BCs and Minorities.We have to raise their self-respect in society and every welfare scheme in the Navaratnalu meant for them, should reach them.

-Welfare schemes should be implemented and reach everyone irrespective of party, caste, creed, status, region and beyond the realms of politics.

Even if the party MLAs say anything negative, don't listen to them and carry on the good work. Politics are only until elections, after which every person is equal to us and they are all beneficiaries.

-Village secretariats will be created and we are soon going to appoint Village Volunteers as part of this.

- A village secretariat will be created for a village with more than 2000 residents. For every 50 houses, a Village Volunteer will be appointed to ensure that the benefits reach every doorstep.

- No Volunteer should indulge in any kind of corruption and we are paying a sum of Rs 5000 as honorarium, so that they don't fall prey to any kind of immoralities.

-Even if they do, you can call the CM's office directly and register a complaint.We will take action against them and remove them from services if they are proved wrong.

- The entire government machinery should work diligently and free from corruption right from the lowest to the highest official.

- There should be complete transparency in the way we work and change should start from the ground level.

 - We have work in such a manner that everyone should look up to us. We have to set an example for others states to emulate us and they should function by looking at our style of governance.

- Don't let citizens run around your offices if they are in need of help. Do not encourage corruption of any kind to get their work done. People will vote for us based on the way we work.

- Don't let people committing sand mafia, illegal betting clubs or any kind of atrocities get away scot-free. These activities are not to be encouraged.
- In the previous government people had to bribe officials to get birth deaths certificates and ration cards. Even to get a life insurance or permission to build a bathroom, people had to shell out money.

- Our government should not bring people to this level of suffering; we have to ensure that their work is done free from bribery.

- The previous government had encouraged contractors who came to be synonymous with corruption.

-Which is why we had brought in the concept of reverse tendering. We will change the pre-qualification process and ensure that other companies can participate in the tender process freely and fairly.

He also cracked the whip on illegal constructions and buildings. In a unexpected move he said that this (Praja Vedika) very building would be the first illegal structure to be demolished on Wednesday, after the meeting with Government officials is over on Tuesday.


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