Nellore: Irrigation minister Dr P. Anilkumar Yadav has fulfilled a promise he had made before the elections that he would feed 1,500 odd sanitary workers in Nellore and present them new clothes, if he wins the election.
As promised, he arranged lunch for the sanitary workers of Nellore Municipal Corporation with his own funds and had food with them, after distributing clothes on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the responsibility of making Nellore stand the leader in the state with respect to cleanliness is on the shoulders of the 1,500 odd sanitary workers.
Referring to his agitation demanding proper equipment and tools to the sanitary workers to carry out their work effectively, he said he would ensure the supply of the tools soon. The minister said it was important the sanitary workers carry out their duty with dedication to keep away diseases.
He reminded that Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had increased the salaries of sanitary workers from Rs 11,000 to Rs 18,000 even as some officers cautioned him about heavy burden on the exchequer.
Reminding about the Chief Minister's sympathetic comment that Rs 18,000 is also less for the kind of job sanitary staff are handling, Dr Anilkumar said he was blessed to be working under the leadership of such a kin CM.
Nellore Rural legislator Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy, former Deputy Mayor Mukkala Dwarakanath and YSRC leader P. Roopkumar Yadav were also present.
Earlier, the minister inaugurated Rythu Bharosa programme at Dontali village near Nellore city and also distributed enhanced pensions to the beneficiaries at Simhapuri High School in Kisan Nagar. He has also distributed bicycles to the girl students at BVS Girls High School in Nawabpeta in Nellore.