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Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy

Tenure as Chief Minister

YS Rajasekhara Reddy was elected as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh by the
Legislature party of the Indian National Congress after the later won 185 seats of the
 Legislative Assembly in the May 2004 elections,which it has contested in alliance with


He has initiated numerous programs primarily for the benefit of the common people and
farmers of the state who constitute more than 60% of the population. The programs for the
 benefit of farmers include free power supply for farmers, Jalayagnam - a large scale
 program to construct more than 70 pending irrigation projects in the state to improve
irrigation facilities to the farmers, increase in minimum support price for rice.
Prominent among other programs include Arogya Shree - a health insurance scheme for rural
 masses where government pays the entire price of any surgery and does not require people
to pay any premium, Pavala Vaddi - a program that provides loans to people at just 3% per
year so as to encourage them to take up small scale businesses and entrepreneurship
primarily targeted at rural woman, Indiramma illu - a program for construction of houses
for the rural masses by charging a small amount and the government the remaining amount.
However, opposition parties allege a lot of corruption in implementation of the programs.

Dr Y.Samuel Rajasekhara Reddy (born 8 July 1949), also known as YSR, is the present
chief Minister of State of Andhra Pradesh, India. He represents the Congress party.
 He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kadapa constituency for four terms and to the
 Andhra Pradesh Assembly for four terms from Pulivendula constituency. He became very
popular in the state after his 3 month long walking tour across several districts in
Andhra Pradesh.

He graduated in medical science from Gulbarga University and practiced medicine for
sometime in his native Kadapa District. The hospital his father built for him at
Pulivendula is still running. The YS family also built and ran a degree college and a
Polytechnic College at Pulivendula which was later handed over to the Loyola Group of
Educational Institutions. Another junior college at Simhadripuram, a small town in the
vicinity of Pulivendula, is being run by YS family.
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