Vijayawada: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday cautioned newly elected civic chiefs against corruption and discrimination.

Addressing an orientation programme for the newly elected Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Chairpersons, and Vice-Chairpersons, he asked the civic leaders to focus on developing their respective municipalities and corporations.

Jagan said the faith reposed by people in them has increased their responsibility. He said they are the representatives for 30 percent of the population. He said that like never before in the country, the state government has paved the way for social justice by giving 67 posts to SC, ST, BC and Minorities and appointing 52 women as Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons.

The Chief Minister stated that providing sanitation, drinking water, and housing for the people in urban areas is the top priority of the state government. He said safe drinking water has to be made available to every household. He stated that the works related to the water distribution network are in progress in 53 municipalities. Further, he guided the newly elected personnel to pay special attention to the cleanliness of cities and other urban areas.

The Chief Minister said a special sanitation drive will be rolled out in July. He said the government has procured 8,000 automatic trucks for augmenting the sanitation drive.

He said each ward will be allocated two trucks for door-to-door garbage collection. The Chief Minister emphasized providing housing to the middle class at affordable pricing alongside. He said the government shall acquire 100 to150 acres of land to provide house sites to the middle-class at affordable prices with clean titles on a non-profit basis.

He said all the layouts will have CC roads, footpaths, underground drainage, parks, open-air gym, walking tracks, electricity lines, greenery, smart bus stops just like in Jagananna layouts.

The Chief Minister said the government had spent Rs one lakh crore towards welfare schemes in a span of 22-months with zero corruption and zero-discrimination. All the government schools and hospitals are being revamped with better infrastructure facilities under Nadu-Nedu initiative, RBK's were set up at the village level to help farmers, he added.

Deputy Chief Minister Dharmana Krishnadas, Ministers Botsa Satyanarayana, Perni Venkatramaiah (Nani), Velampally Srinivas, higher officials of Municipal Administration department, other local leaders and Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Chairpersons, and Vice-Chairpersons of civic bodies were present on the occasion.

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