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Fulfilling his Padayatra promise Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy laid foundation stone for revival of the Chittoor Cooperative Dairy and exchanged MoU with the representatives of Amul Dairy, which would invest Rs. 385crore. The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Medical College in Chittoor.

Jagan Mohan Reddy also laid the foundation stone for a 300 -bed hospital in the CMC Medical College premises at Challapalli in Gudipala mandal.

Addressing a huge public meeting after laying the foundation stone here on Tuesday, the Chief Minister came down heavily on Chandrababu Naidu stating that the former Chief Minister had orchestrated the destruction of Chittoor Dairy and finally closed it down in August 2002 to develop his family-owned Heritage.

Chittoor Dairy, which was started as a chilling unit, had grown to process 2.5 to 3 lakh liters of milk daily by 1993 but during the ten years between 1992 and 2002, it was systematically pushed into losses by Chandrababu Naidu who started Heritage in 1992, he said.

The conspiracy to rundown Chittoor Dairy was so visible that while it suffered losses during the ten years, Heritage continued to grow with huge profits every year.

“The Dairy was closed abruptly leaving lakhs of farmers in the lurch as the management kept pending huge amounts as arrears. The Government repaid the dues of Rs 182 crore and Amul will invest Rs, 385crore for its revival,” he said, adding that it would invest Rs.150 crore in the first phase.

It would provide direct employment to 5000 people and indirect employment to 2 lakh people besides benefiting 20 lakh dairy farmers in Rayalaseema.

“Not only the Chittoor Dairy, Chandrababu sold out several sugar factories and paper mills in cooperative sector and public sector units like Allwyn and Republic Forge to TDP leaders and sycophants like Devender Goud, Nama Nageswara Rao for peanuts or closed them down taking kickbacks for encouraging private units,” he said.

After closing down or selling 54 such units for peanuts, through the Department of Implementation during his rule, Chandrababu unabashedly brought about a book called ‘Privatization, a success story in AP’.

After launching Jagananna Palavelluva in December 2020 in partnership with Amul Dairy, the milk collection rates went up manifold benefiting the dairy farmers, he said adding that it has forced the private dairies to increase the milk collection rates due to competition.

“However, for Chandrababu Naidu, there is no difference between father-in-law and farmer as he can back-stab anyone. Not only that, Ramoji Rao’s kin had created obstacles in construction of the Medical College here,” he stated and appealed to the people to use their prudence in gauging the difference between the previous and his governance.

In response to the appeals of the local MLA Srinivasulu, the Chief Minister sanctioned Rs 75 crore for developmental works in the Chittoor Corporation, agreed to construct Kapu Bhavan and sanctioned funds for constructing a road-over-bridge.

District collector S Shanmohan, Energy Minister P Ramachandra Reddy, Tourism Minister RK Roja, Animal Husbandry minister Dr S Appala Raju, MLA A Srinivasulu, and Amul Dairy MD Jayen Mehta also participated in the programme.

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