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TDP may be down but it’s certainly not out as it looks beyond AP

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Currently a pale shadow of its once glorious self in Telangana, few would think that the TDP would nurse any hopes for a revival in the state. But with assembly elections expected later this year, the TDP is making clear that it may be down but it’s certainly not out.

In late December last year, the TDP had organised a public meeting in Khammam district of Telangana. The massive response to the meet, the party’s first mega event held in the state after almost four years, came as a boost for party chief Chandrababu Naidu who had become almost reconciled to the prospects of limiting his political activities to Andhra Pradesh.

At the Khammam meet, vowing to revive the party in Telangana, Naidu laid out his plans to groom a new leadership team for the state even as he exhorted those, who had left the TDP for greener pastures, to return.

Developments in the region in the recent past have prompted the party to test its fortunes at the hustings in Telangana for the third time after the state was formed in 2014.

The arrival on the scene of Y. S. Sharmila and her YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) have emboldened the TDP also to throw its hat in the state’s political arena once again.

Daughter of former chief minister of united Andhra Pradesh Y. S. Rajasekhar Reddy, and sister of Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the present chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sharmila is moving ahead despite the TRS’ attempts to brand her as an ‘Andhra’ or outsider.

More importantly, the rebranding of the ruling TRS into the BRS and its foray into Andhra Pradesh, have diluted the concept of outside political parties in Telangana. The TDP sees this as an opportune moment to bounce back into Telangana politics.

“KCR will find it difficult to object to the presence of TDP in Telangana when he himself is venturing into Andhra Pradesh. Moreover, he’ll find it difficult to maintain political momentum in Telangana as well as rest of the country. And also, there’s a growing disappointment in Telangana with his style of governance and autocratic functioning. People know that the TDP ruled undivided Andhra Pradesh well,” a TDP leader told IANS.

With assembly elections in Telangana expected to take place towards the end of this year, the TDP had begun to get its act ready.

“We are forming 1,300 teams to knock on each household and garner support for the party,” the TDP’s Telangana unit chief Kasani Gnaneshwar has stated. The party also plans to announce its candidates well ahead of the polls.

However the going is not going to be easy for the TDP which has ended up somewhat as a pariah of Telangana politics, political analysts opine. According to party insiders, the plan would be to hook up with like-minded parties in the run-up to the polls.

However, there are practically no options. The BJP which has emerged as the only potential rival to the BRS, is not at all keen for a tie-up with the TDP as it feels the ‘Andhra’ tag could negatively impact its own chances.

Reviving its presence in Telangana is important for the TDP for several reasons, feel observers. For the moment, the TDP is at the crossroads, intent on regaining political relevance in Telangana.

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Lokesh says shivering in YSRCP with Yuvagalam

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TDP general secretary, Nara Lokesh, on Friday said that he is undertaking the pada yatra with the right that the TDP has developed the State.

Addressing his maiden meeting at Kuppam on launching his Yuva Galam pada yatra, Mr Lokesh said that soon after he announced about his programme of Yuva Galam, the YSRCP leaders started shivering.

“At least 10 Cabinet Ministers began criticising me asking with what right I am undertaking the pada yatra. I have every right as it is the TDP that was behind laying 25,000 km long cement roads in the State,” he said.

“I am approaching the people as I have provided employment in the Information Technology sector to 40,000 youth as IT minister,” Lokesh said, adding that he also provided employment to another 40,000 youth in the electronic sector.

Stating that he was minister three portfolios and had every right to undertake the pada yatra, the TDP national general secretary questioned the YSRCP as to what the party had done for the State in the past three-and-half years.

Observing that investors will not set up their units in the State if the Ministers dance on the roads like the YSRCP leaders, Lokesh said that inviting investments does not mean to run casinos. Seeking one chance from the voters, the Chief Minister has taken the State back to 67 years.

AP was formed with the sacrifices made by the great Potti Sriramulu, he said the self-respect of the Telugus has gone up with the efforts of the late NTR. “The prestige of AP has reached the global level with the rule of Chandrababu Naidu and the chief ministers who ruled the State earlier made every effort to develop AP,” he maintained.

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AP to roll out family doctor system from March 1

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Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed Medical and Health Department officials to implement the Family Doctor concept in a full-fledged manner across the State from March 1.

At a review meeting on Friday, the Chief Minister told them to begin serving Ragi Malt to students weekly thrice from the same date as part of Jagananna Goru Muddha.

Directing the officials to take steps to install cath labs, cancer testing equipment and introduce cancer treatment methods in all teaching hospitals including those under construction, he also said that YSRCP MLAs and people’s representatives should start visiting hospitals and interact with the patients and staff to monitor the medical services rendered.

Stressing the need to implement the orders already issued to serve only WHO or GMP authorized medicines to patients in hospitals while ensuring availability of medicines and surgical equipment in sufficient quantities, he asked the officials to develop the State as a role model in the country in the public health system.

The Chief Minister said that there should be proper coordination between Medical and Health and Women and Child Welfare Departments in recognizing the anaemic children and mothers at the village secretariat level and serving them nutritious food and necessary medicines to improve their health condition by working closely with schools, hostels and Anganwadi Kendras.

Outlining further that the Government is spending Rs 700 crore to reduce the incidence of kidney ailments in Uddhanam and establishing a Kidney Research Center at Palasa besides spending Rs 265 crore for Palakonda, he asked them to appoint necessary staff at Kidney Research Center and the 200-bed hospital at Palasa on priority basis besides providing necessary infrastructure.

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Photos : Nara Lokesh ‘Yuva Galam’ – Day 1

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AP Governor hosts AT HOME

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Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan along with Lady Governor Suprava Harichandan, hosted ‘AT HOME’ function at Raj Bhavan on the occasion of 74th Republic Day, in Vijayawada on Thursday.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy along with his wife Y S Bharathi Reddy, high court Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra along with his wife Sucheta Mishra, have attended the function among others.

Governor Harichandan and Lady Governor Suprava Harichandan welcomed the dignitaries on their arrival at Raj Bhavan.

Judges of Andhra Pradesh High Court, Members of AP Public Service Commission, Members of AP Information Commission, Chief Secretary Dr K S Jawahar Reddy, DGP K V Rajendranath Reddy, several All India Service officers, several dignitaries including Sportspersons, Padma Shri Award winners, Media persons, Ex-Servicemen and others have attended the function held at the Raj Bhavan lawns in a cordial atmosphere.

Earlier, Governor Harichandan went around and greeted the guests who attended the function. Special Chief Secretary to Governor R P Sisodia, supervised the arrangements made for the function.

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UP CM special advisor meets Jagan, pats govt on RBKs

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Saket Misra, Special Advisor to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister called on the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at his camp office on Tuesday.

He inspected the performance of Village Secretariat, Rythu Bharosa Kendram (RBK), Wellness Center, Dr YSR Sanchara Pasu Arogya Seva Kendram in Vanukuru, Penamalur Mandal, Krishna District. Later, he shared his views with the Chief Minister.

Saket Misra said that he has come to study the initiatives being taken by the Chief Minister in the fields of Education, Health and Agriculture which are laudable.

During his interaction with the Chief Minister, Misra recalled the words of Mahatma Gandhi. It is good to provide medical services to people, record their health history, and add other technologies including IT to make these programs run smoothly, he said.

On the Village Secretariat system, Misra said that it is a revolutionary concept. The development and welfare programs implemented in AP should be published and broadcast so that other states know about them. This will also allow other states to take the better aspects and benefit from them.

The revolutionary concept has also decentralized the administration by making services and welfare services of all government departments available at one place in the villages for the convenience of the public. Technology is being used effectively in all fields and the manner in which resources are utilized in village and ward secretariats for multiple programs is remarkable.

Misra said that he was also impressed with the system of drones being made available to farmers. Spraying pesticides an acre in just ten minutes is great concept. It is a great change that everything like fertilizers and pesticides needed by the farmer is available at one place, he said.

On Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs), he said that they have become single point resource centres across the state for farmers’ needs in supply of seeds and sales. It is a great concept that farmers can pre-register through e-cropping and also know on the spot what quantity they are selling and what rate they are getting at the time of crop sale.

In RBKs, the farmer’s work completes after they sell the crop, and then the government takes responsibility even in case of any calamity. The reforms taken by the government by standing behind the farmer in every aspect like procurement of agricultural products and providing support price is highly appreciable, he said.

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AP to have quality roads in every Assembly segment

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the Roads and Buildings Department officials to take each assembly constituency as a unit and expedite the laying of all important roads ensuring highest standards while taking up repairs of the existing roads using state-of-the-art technology simultaneously.

During the review meeting on the Department at his camp office on Monday, the Chief Minister made it clear that there should be no compromise on the quality of construction of roads to ensure they would not get damaged for seven years after completion.

The maintenance of roads should be in such a way that they should not come for repairs for two years at least, he suggested.

When the officials explained that Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) technology should be used in road construction in districts like Guntur, Krishna, East and West Godavari due to the nature of the soil and also road sinking has become a regular phenomenon in these districts due to the movement of heavy vehicles, he told them to go ahead.

He suggested that in the first phase, road construction up to a length of 1000 km should be taken up using the FDR technology and this should be completed by June-July.

Directing the officials to concentrate on construction of Visakhapatnam –Bhogapuram road and Kadapa-Bangalore Railway Line approach road, he said priority should be given to complete the construction of bridges halted for various reasons.

In the review meeting, the chief minister also released the APCM MS Mobile App that facilitates a quick-response system to address complaints from citizens and local people’s representatives on damaged roads in rural and urban areas.

He directed the officials to act on such complaints within the stipulated period of sixty days without fail. The App will have a command-control system and functions based on geo-coordinates.

He said modern technology should be used in road repair works adopting the highest standards to make them long-lasting while senior officials should also monitor the functioning of the App periodically. Quality is the panacea for all problems, he remarked.

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TDP demands revival of SC, ST welfare schemes

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TDP Human Resource Development (HRD) wing chairman, B Ramanganeyulu, on Monday demanded the immediate revival of the 26 schemes which were in force during the Chandrababu Naidu regime for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).

Ramanjaneyulu told media persons at the party headquarters that the revival of sub-plan for the SCs and STs is in no way helpful for both the communities. The communities are more worried about the legality and the implementation of the sub-plan, the TDP leader said.

Does it not amount to doing injustice to them by diverting the sub-plan funds as both the SCs and Sts are getting benefits through Nava Ratnalu scheme, Ramanjaneyulu asked.

Stating that the Jagan Mohan Reddy Government has neglected the main issue that the sub-plan funds be utilised only for the welfare and development of both these communities, he said and pointed out that the TDP government implemented 26 welfare schemes for them with these funds.

But soon after Jagan Mohan Reddy came to power he suspended all these schemes only to take revenge on them and even free power supply was stopped to over three lakh families in the name of owning a two-wheeler, Ramanjaneyulu stated.

Though the SCs comprise 16.4 per cent of the State population, the budgetary allocation did not cross even 13 per cent for them while the budgetary allocation for STs is a mere 3.4 percent though their population is 5.3 per cent, he pointed out.

“Jagan is thus doing great injustice to them and empowerment of SCs and STs means providing employment opportunities to them and basic facilities in their residential areas. But this Government did not take up any such measures,” he observed.

The TDP government successfully implemented all the welfare measures by allocating necessary funds, he pointed out.

With the successful implementation of all the schemes, including the scholarships for the poor students for overseas studies several students, about 440, could pursue higher studies.

“Those who pursued their further studies with the assistance are now earning over Rs 5 lakh revenue per month and some have scaled heights to become IAS and IPS officers,” he added.

After the YSRCP came to power, schemes like land allocation were cancelled and in turn forcibly took back the lands allotted to the SCs and STs during the TDP regime, he stated.

Ranajaneyulu demanded that budgetary allocation for SCs and STs be made as per their population ratio and such funds be utilised only for their welfare and development.

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AP Assembly session likely in February

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The AP Assembly is likely to meet in February this year to pass the annual 2023-24 budget. Sources say that chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is planning to have the budget session of the Assembly in February and continue it for the first half of March.

Sources further indicate that the chief minister is in favour of having the session for at least 25 working days this time. Besides the presentation of the annual budget and the passing of the appropriation bills, the government is also lining up at least 10 important bills to be cleared by the House during the session.

The ten bills also included one bill relating to the decentralisation of capital, the sources said. The chief minister is firm on having the bills passed and a clear message is sent to the people on his decentralisation plans.

The chief minister is of two minds on having the session from the second half of February to the first half of March or from the first week of March.

The election to the 6 MLC seats from the Assembly quota and two seats from the local bodies’ quota fell vacant on March 29. The ruling YSR Congress is set to win all the eight seats and the chief minister wants to have the elections to be held when the House is in session.

The election to the MLC seats would also mean falling of the opposition TDP’s strength from 16 in the House to 12 by the end of the session. At the same time, the ruling YSR Congress Party’s strength would go up from 32 to 36 in the 58-member House.

It is to be seen what decision that the chief minister would take on the dates for the budget session, which would have to be notified by the Governor.

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125 ft, Rs 268 cr worth Ambedkar statue to be ready by April 14

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Vijayawada city in Andhra Pradesh to have 125 feet bronze statue of Dr B R Ambedkar on a sprawling Swaraj Maidan grounds in heart of the city. The statue would come up on a two-storeyed pedestal building.

The project is costing Rs 268 crore for the state government and it would be inaugurated by chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on April 14, this year, marking the birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar.

The chief minister during a review meeting on the project told the officials to form a high-level committee to monitor the progress of Dr BR Ambedkar Smriti Vanam works.

The officials informed him that the statue, to be made with 352 metric tons of steel and 112 metric tons of brass, would be installed on an 81-feet pedestal taking the total length to 206 feet.

The Rs 268 crore worth Smriti Vanam Project will have ground plus two floors in the pedestal part besides a 2000-capacity Convention Center with spacious car and bus parking facility.

When the officials told him that arrangements have been made to complete the casting of the statue by March 31, he said that the quality of works is non-negotiable, and the progress of works should be monitored by a committee to be constituted.

For some of the parts of the statue, the casting has been completed which would be shifted to the project site by January 31, they explained, adding that the beautification works at the project site and on all roads leading to it are also in full swing.

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AP to upgrade curriculum with foreign institutions

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Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy stressed the need to integrate certified job-oriented online vertical courses like risk analysis, risk management, banking and real estate administration with mainstream curriculum for improving the skills of degree students and enabling them to choose self-employed professions.

During the review meeting on Higher Education held here on Thursday, the Chief Minister directed the officials to acquaint themselves with various courses being imparted to students in popular educational institutions abroad and implement the same curriculum in our educational institutions.

Such curriculum should be integrated with the syllabus by June next, he suggested, adding that officials should also have a tie-up with national institutions like National Stock Exchange (NSE) to develop the students as self-employed professionals in various sectors.

He suggested that steps be taken to fill the vacant posts in the Department by clearing legal hurdles by June in view of the green signal given by the Government. Officials should become more active to meet the pace of reforms being introduced in the Department.

Every higher education institution should strive to achieve NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) accreditation in the next three years by improving standards in teaching and other to get eligibility step by step every year, outlined the Chief Minister, asserting categorically that recognition of institutions which fail in this respect should be cancelled.

As the Government is establishing skill development centers in all 175 constituencies, students should be trained to meet the scarcity of experts in the fields of solar panel making, repairing of solar motors and maintenance of solar parks and the same courses should be introduced by June next.

Besides strengthening the Academic Staff Colleges in Visakhapatnam and Tirupati to improve the standards of teaching staff, another such college should be established in central Andhra region, directed the Chief Minister, asking the officials to take a final decision based on the attendance of students and facilities available in the private B.Ed colleges which are cheating students.

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AP to supply seeds, fertilisers through RBKs

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In yet another initiative to support the farmers, the AP government had decided to supply seeds and fertilisers to the farmers through the Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs). As some states in the country have adopted the RBKs model from the State, the government had added another initiative during a review meeting with agriculture department officials by chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday.

The officials told Jagan that they are working on plans to distribute Kisan drones and agricultural instruments on 50 per cent subsidy to farmers through RBKs besides providing training to farmers on the use of drones through Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University from December.

They informed that the distribution of drones and agricultural instruments will be taken up in March and May-June. A total of 2000 drones will be distributed and in the first phase, 500 drones will be given to farmers.

In response, he directed them to intensify training programmes and establish a training center in the North Andhra region.

He further directed them to formulate plans on implementing Plant Doctor Concept and conduct soil testing programmes in April every year. After completing soil tests, farmers should be given the test certificates and educated on the crops to be cultivated and on the fertilizers to be used in their agricultural lands, he said.

He suggested that steps be taken to equip RBKs with soil testing instruments and complete the mapping in every village to ensure that use of fertilizers and pesticides would be limited to the requirement there by saving the farmers’ money and reducing pollution.

In view of 2023 being declared as the International Year of Millets, officials explained that an action plan has been formulated on the distribution of millets to people.

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NTR pays his tributes to his Grandfather: CM Slogans all over

Today marks the 27th death anniversary of legendary actor and politician Sri Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao. His family members offered their tributes to the legendary actor at NTR Ghat, Hyderabad. Young Tiger NTR and his brother Kalyanram visited NTR Ghat early this morning. They paid their floral tributes to their grandfather. NTR fans reached the premises in huge numbers and raised slogans of NTR as the Future Chief Minister. NTR was not comfortable with the slogans made.

The young actor is on a break and he will commence the shoot of Koratala Siva’s untitled film in February. He recently completed his USA holiday with his family which lasted for a month. Kalyanram is done with the shoot of Amigos and the film releases soon. He will soon kick-start the shoot of Bimbisara sequel and the pre-production work is happening currently.

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Ali ready to contest against Pawan

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Film actor and AP Electronic Media Advisor Mohammad Ali said he is ready to contest against Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan in the 2024 general election. He said this at the Pongal celebrations at Kondagattu in Tirupati.

He said he is ready to contest against Pawan Kalyan wherever the latter contests in the next election. However, he left the decision to YSR Congress chief and president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Ali further said that Pawan Kalyan and he are good friends. However, films are different from politics and would take on the Power Star if Jagan Mohan Reddy asked him to.

The actor said that the welfare programmes of the state government were reaching the last person in the line. He asserted that Jagan Mohan Reddy is committed to the welfare of the people cutting across the party lines.

“Eligibility is the only criteria for any welfare programme in the state,” Mohammad Ali said.

Meanwhile, it is understood that the chief minister is firm on defeating Pawan Kalyan in the next election too. Jagan Mohan Reddy is said to have made up his mind to put his resources to defeat the Jana Sena chief in the 2024 elections as well.

Pawan Kalyan was defeated in the 2019 general election at two constituencies from where he contested. Pawan Kalyan contested from Bhimavaram in the West Godavari district and Gajuwaka in Visakhapatnam district.

Likewise, in the next election too, Jagan Mohan Reddy wants Pawan Kalyan to be defeated. While focusing on winning all the 175 Assembly seats in the next election, Jagan Mohan Reddy is also focusing on defeating Pawan Kalyan.

However, it is not known yet who is there in Jagan’s mind to take on the Jana Sena chief. It is also quite important to see from where the Jana Sena chief would contest. Sources in Jana Sena say that Pawan Kalyan had initially laid his hand on Pithapuram or the Kakinada rural Assembly segments to contest in the next election.

It is to be seen what would be the final decision of the Jana Sena chief and who would take on Pawan Kalyan from the ruling YSR Congress.

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Cockfights claim two lives in Andhra Pradesh

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Sankranti festivities turned tragic in Andhra Pradesh as two persons were killed after they were attacked by roosters with knives tied to them during a cockfight.

The incidents occurred in Eluru and Kakinada districts in the Godavari region on Sunday.

Padma Raju (20) sustained grievous injuries after a rooster with a knife attached to its leg attacked him near a cockfight camp in Anantapalli village in Nallajerla mandal. Raju had gone to watch the cockfight when one of the roosters pounced on him and the knife attached to its leg left deep cuts on his body. He succumbed while being shifted to the hospital at Nallajerla.

In the second incident that occurred at Velanka in Kirlampudi mandal in Kakinada district, Gande Suresh (43) sustained injuries on his wrist while trying to tie a knife to a rooster. He started profusely bleeding and succumbed before he was rushed to hospital.

The incidents plunged the two families into gloom on a festival day. Despite a ban imposed by the Supreme Court and some measures taken by the police, cockfight competitions were organised in several parts of Andhra Pradesh, especially coastal region during Sankranti.

Crores of rupees changed hands at the competitions organised with the patronage of local politicians.

Wads of currency notes could be seen among the hands of organisers as well-trained cocks with small knives attached to their legs fought amid cheers by the spectators. The fight often ends with the death of one of the two roosters and in some cases both the birds.

Sunday’s incidents highlighted how fatal the cockfights are. Animal lovers have been demanding the authorities to strictly implement the orders of the Supreme Court, which banned cockfighting in 2018.

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Jagan celebrates Sankranti at his camp office

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Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and his wife YS Bharati Reddy celebrated Sankranti at the camp office here on Saturday amidst rural ambience festive spirit.

The Chief Minister extended Sankranti greetings to all Telugu people across the world and wished them well on the occasion.

Reflecting the Sankranti opulence, the camp office premises was spruced up with flowered arches and traditional Muggulu.

The Chief Minister couple initiated the festivities by breaking customary coconut at Lord Ganesha temple. Vedic Pundits blessed them by reciting Vedic hymns and presenting them new clothes.

The couple, attired in traditional dress, walked through the premises wishing the guests individually and accepting their wishes in return. They lit the bon fire Bhogi Manta).

YSRCP leaders including government Chief Whip Chevireddy Bhaskara Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister (Endowments) Kottu Satyanarayana, Housing Minister Jogi Ramesh, TTD Chairman Y.V. Subba Reddy, MP Nandigam Suresh and Government Whip Samineni Udayabhanu were among the participants.

The Chief Minister and his wife performed Go-Puja (cow worship) at the Goshala by garlanding it. On the occasion, they offered Biksha to Hari dasu and the Sankranti Gangireddu.

They also inspected the replicas of Village Secretariat, Government School, Village Clinic and Rythu Bharosa Kendram specially erected in the premises.

They also witnessed dance drama of Srinivasa Kalyanam and listened to the popular numbers Gobbi Yello…Gobbi Yello rendered by folk singer Kanakavva and Komma Uyyala by RRR fame singers Prakruti Redy and Harinka Narayan.

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Jagan reviewes arrangements for Global Summit and G20 Conference

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AP Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the arrangements for Global Investors Summit and G-20 Summit to be held in Visakhapatnam in March at his camp office in Tadepalli on Thursday.

Briefing the chief minister on the arrangements for the Global Investors Summit slated for March 3-4, the officials said, “Between 2014-2019, the state conducted three summits and signed MoUs for 18.87 lakh crores. But only Rs 1.8 lakh crore was materialized.

Further, the average annual investment during that period was Rs 11,994 crore. During the current government, the annual average investment between 2019-2022 is Rs 15,693 crore. From June 2019 till now, investments of Rs 1,81,821 crore have been received, and 1,40,903 people have received jobs.”

“Prepare a comprehensive program to explain the investment opportunities in the state. Andhra Pradesh should be a platform for the manufacturers in the world, including green energy.”

Officials said that roadshows will be organized in Taiwan, UAE, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the USA regarding the Global Investors Summit.

The Chief Minister said, “Study the way MSMEs are running in those countries and focus on adopting the best management in our state.”

The Chief Minister reviewed the arrangements for the G-20 Conference scheduled for the last week of March in Visakhapatnam. Officials informed CM Jagan that 250 delegates from all over the world are expected to attend the conference from G20 countries.

Since the G20 conference on Infrastructure Working Group meeting will be held on March 28 and 29, the Chief Minister asked the officials to beautify the city of Visakhapatnam and undertake necessary roads and development projects.

“All the tourist attractions in Vizag and nearby areas should be in pleasant conditions. And the safety of the delegates is important so strict measures should be in place,” said the Chief Minister.

He also asked the officials to have programs on the state’s revolutionary schemes like Navaratnalu to impress the representatives on the opportunities available in AP for investors.

“From the ease of doing business to growth indicators where Andhra Pradesh is topping, everything should be showcased to the delegates,” said the Chief Minister.

Officials said that they are creating a mobile app for the convenience of the delegates attending the meeting with all the information regarding the summit, cultural excursions, and so on.

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AP CM releases Rs 395 Cr for vendors welfare

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AP Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy released Rs.395 crore under the Jagananna Thodu towards interest free loans through banks to benefit 3.95 lakh petty traders and artisans at Rs. 10,000 each. He also released Rs 15.17 crore towards reimbursement of interest to benefit 13.28 lakh beneficiaries who have obtained and repaid the loans promptly in the last six months.

Releasing the amount virtually by click of a button at the Camp Office here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said that the beneficiaries of the scheme, besides becoming part and parcel of the self-employed community, are also helping the society indirectly in a great way.

He said it is a matter of pride for the State that it has sanctioned 24, 06,000 loans out of the total number of 39,21,000 loans given in the entire country. Out of the total 15,31,347 beneficiaries, 8,74,745 traders and artisans are promptly repaying their loans and have become inseparable part of the scheme by recycling their loans with great discipline, he said, adding that it indicates a good change in the society.

Eligible people who have not availed the scheme for any reason can apply through village and ward secretariats and such people would be included in the scheme at the end of social audit every six months.

The Chief Minister said he had seen the hardships of several artisans and petty traders during his Praja Sankalpa Yatra and decided to end their woes by introducing the Jagananna Thodu scheme.

With today’s disbursal that benefits 28,000 new petty traders and artisans, the Government has so far reimbursed Rs. 63.65 crore as interest alone while the total loan amount sanctioned so far reaches Rs 2,406 crore benefiting 15,31, 347 people out of which 80 percent of them belong to SC, ST, BC and minority communities.

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AP to provide Rs 15k cr infra for Anganwadis

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Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy instructed the Women and Child Welfare Department officials to take up the Rs. 1500 crore infrastructure development works in all Anganwadis in three phases implementing a clear cut action plan covering all Mandals.

During a review meeting on the functioning of Anganwadis on Tuesday, the Chief Minister directed the officials to constantly monitor the supply of milk and eggs to the children to ensure their quality. He told them to formulate SOPs using technology to ensure a fool proof and hassle-free distribution of food items.

There should be a constant vigil even on the functioning of supervisors and strict action should be taken against staff members indulging in wrong doings in the distribution of milk and eggs. Besides filling the existing 63 CDPO posts as soon as possible, the process of giving promotions should also be expedited, he suggested.

Besides ensuring that quality milk is served to all children, officials should launch a pilot project immediately to serve flavoured milk to children, he said, observing it can be launched in full-fledged manner after three months.

The Chief Minister asked the officials to formulate proposals on introducing teaching methods using smart TVs to give the best education to kids in Anganwadis. While village and ward clinics should constantly monitor the health of the children in Anganwadis, better medical treatment should be extended to all children using Aarogyasri wherever necessary.

He said Anganwadis, Medical and Health Department and Village Clinics should work in tandem to ensure nutritious food to all mothers and children suffering from anaemic problems. They should be given additional medicines, and this should be implemented from Feb 1. A permanent solution should be found to the problem using the family doctor concept and formulating SOPs.

A fool proof method should be developed to provide take home ration for all mothers, he said, adding that the government is giving as much importance to women and child welfare as it gives to education, agriculture, medical and health sectors.

He asked the officials to work favourably towards the children in all government schools and Anganwadis as majority of children belong to weaker sections. We can achieve best results by extending good education to children between 10 to 12 years, he said.

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Where is AP BRS?

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The Bharat Rastra Samithi of Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao made tremors in Andhra Pradesh last week, when a handful of leaders joined the party. KCR had announced the launch of the BRS AP unit at the meeting and announced the new-entrant Thota Chandrasekhar as the party AP unit president.

Chandrasekhar, a retired IAS officer, joined the active politics with the Praja Rajyam Party of K Chiranjeevi in 2009 and had travelled to the YSR Congress in 2014 to the Jana Sena in 2019. He was unsuccessful in every party so far in his political journey. It is now to be seen what he would do in AP for the BRS.

Another former minister Ravela Kishore Babu, was a retired IRTS officer, who joined the TDP before the 2014 election. He contested from the Prathipadu Assembly constituency in Guntur district and became a minister in Chandrababu Naidu’s cabinet after the 2014 elections.

Later, before the 2019 elections, he joined the Jana Sena and again moved to the BJP after losing the election. He also joined the BRS along with Thota Chandrasekhar.

The third bureaucrat Chintha Pardhasaradhi, a retired IRS officer, entered the active politics in 2019 by joining the Jana Sena. He lost the elections and had now joined the BRS along with the others.

Going by the credentials of the leaders, the BRS had started in Andhra Pradesh with the scrap as none of them had seen victory. After all, victory is what matters in success in politics and none of them had tasted it yet.

With all these failure characters KCR is yet to make his next move in Andhra Pradesh. They have to make their first step in the state and it is said that they are waiting for muhurt to open the party office in Vijayawada some time after the Pongal.

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