Vijayawada: Minister for Information and Public Relations Palle Raghunatha Reddy said that the state government is ahead in implementing various welfare programmes despite of financial crisis. He expressed confidence that the state would achieve first place in the country by 2029. Inaugurating I&PR Minister’s chamber at fourth block in new secretariat complex in Velagapudi village today, the minister said that the state government is successful in winning the confidence of farmers, as Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, camping in Anantapur personally monitored the dry spell mitigation programme to save crops in lakhs of acres. Commissioner, I&PR S Venkateswar, director of cultural affairs D Vijaybhaskar, Secretary Minority welfare P Ushakumari and Commissioner, Minority welfare Md Iqbal were present. Photo: Minister for Information and Public Relations Palle Raghunatha Reddy offering puja before inaugurating Minister’s chamber at new secretariat complex at Velagapudi village on Friday.