Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy on Saturday promised good governance, indicated on experimenting with 'collective farming' and reiterated that the state capital would be converted into an international city by giving a boost to infrastructure development.
Addressing a colourful parade after unfurling the National Flag and taking salute on the occasion of 62nd Independence Day celebrations at the Parade Grounds in Secunderabad, the Chief Minister said the government would continue to give topmost priority to the flagship Jalayagnam programme and 84 irrigation projects would be constructed at a cost of over Rs 1.46 lakh crore.
'The irrigation projects will drive the state on the path of all-round progress with the agriculture sector getting a major boost,' he said, adding that the government would introduce collective farming by involving small farmers.
'We plan to take up collective farming on an experimental basis in 50 villages across the state. This scheme is totally voluntary,'' he said.
As elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation are due shortly, the Chief Minister renewed his promise of converting the state capital into an international city by spending Rs 20,000 crore on infrastructure development.