Vijayawada: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday directed the officials to take strict action against those spreading malicious propaganda on the One-Time Settlement (OTS) Scheme.

During a meeting, the Chief Minister instructed the officials to clarify the doubts of the beneficiaries by creating awareness and explaining the benefits of the scheme including loan and interest waiver. He said the OTS scheme would benefit millions of poor people and give them property rights.

Later addressing a press conference, Minister for Municipal Administration Botsa Satyanarayana said that the OTS scheme is voluntary. He said the government had launched this initiative to benefit the poor by providing complete property rights by paying a nominal sum for regularization.

He said that the Opposition is making every effort to obstruct OTS, though they are well aware that it would benefit the poor. The Minister flayed opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu for trying to betray people once again.

Responding to the controversial circular issued by Santhabommali Panchayat Secretary K Prasad, the minister suspected the role of opposition since the incident took place in the constituency of TDP leader Atchannaidu. He said the government had already initiated disciplinary action against the Panchayat secretary.

CM extends support to Sirivennela's family

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the officials to extend support to the family of renowned film lyricist Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry. The officials informed the Chief Minister that they have spoken to the family members and monitored Sastry's health. They said they have spoken to the Hospital Management regarding the expenses incurred by his family on his treatment. Officials said it will be paid from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. The Chief Minister directed the officials to look into possibilities of providing a plot to Sastry's family.

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