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AP cabinet takes key decisions!

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The Andhra Pradesh cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday (today) took several key decisions.

It was decided to handover Kadapa Steel Plant to Essar Steels.

Ban on RTC and private buses from 12 noon from Wednesday (tomorrow) as part of curfew across AP from 12 noon every day from Wednesday.

All intra-state bus services as wells as long-distance buses also banned.

It was decided to extend BC reservations by 10 more years till 2023.

44,639 government schools to adopt CBSE syllabus from Class VII and English Medium will be introduced in all the government schools.

All students in government schools will write CBSE Class X board exams in 2024-25 academic year.

Rs 16,000 crore to be spent for the development of government schools under Nadu-Nedu programme.

All cooperative dairies that were shut down in AP to be handed over to Amul on lease. Amul to offer services in 708 villages.

Salaries of priests in temples increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month and in B-category temples from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.

Salaries of Imams in Masjids increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 and Mouzams from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000.

Covid vaccination for 18-44 age group only after completion of vaccination drive for 45-plus age groups.

35% seats in Private Universities should be handed over to state government, which will be filled on merit through government-conducted entrance exams. Private Universities Act to be amended to this effect.

Rs 1,448 crore to be spent to create infrastructure facilities in Krishnapatnam port.

Six-lane road between Kailasgiri-Bhogapuram, construction of sky towers in five acres and development of eleven beaches in Vizag.

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Jagan new sand policy for centralised control

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The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet met here in Amaravati Capital City and approved a new sand policy. As per this, all the river sand reaches in the State would be handed over to one single  firm. Initially, the Jagan Reddy regime decided to give these rights to a Central Government institution. But, no such institutions came forward to accept this. So, the Cabinet Sub Committee recommended the wholesale contract to a well-known and reputed private firm.

The Sub Committee has also suggested an open tender to select the firm. These recommendations were accepted and approved by the Cabinet today. This was despite the rising criticism from the Opposition that such a step would lead to centralised corruption in sand mining and transportation.

It is widely alleged that the local YCP leaders in mandals and assembly segments were indulging in illegal mining and transportation to make easy money. While the sand is not available for use by the people in the State, it is being transported to the neighbouring States where it was sold at far higher rates in metro cities.

The TDP is alleging that the new sand policy is brought in by the Chief Minister only to get a centralised control on sand mining since the local YCP leaders were looting most of the sand till now.

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AP Cabinet meet tomorrow to decide on Amaravati

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Amid too many controversies, Jagan Reddy government has decided to hold AP Cabinet meeting tomorrow ie Jan 18, two days in advance of the previously scheduled Jan 20. The Cabinet is going to decide in favour of 3 Capitals as per CM Jagan Reddy’s promise on balanced development in all the three regions of Rayalaseema, North Coastal Andhra and Amaravati regions. This decision will be based on the three reports of GN Rao Committee, Boston Consultants Group and the High Power Committee. Tomorrow itself, the High Power Ministers’ Committee will be submitting its report to the AP Cabinet.

Political circles are speculating that Jagan Reddy has advanced Cabinet meeting to avoid legal problems that may arise in future if Cabinet meeting and Assembly approved of 3 Capitals decision on the same day on January 20. There are also complications arising from the AP High Court which has ordered the government to extend time for Amaravati farmers to file their grievances against Capital shifting till January 20. Moreover, the court has admitted multiple petitions filed by Amaravati residents against police brutalities and also administrative excesses of Jagan Reddy government in crushing Amaravati global city project.

On the other hand, AP CM would have to compulsorily appear before CBI Court in Hyderabad from next week. The court is speeding up trial in Jagan’s Rs 43,000 Cr CBI illegal assets cases.

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Suspense over venue of historic Cabinet: Capital chaos

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The pro-Amaravati protesters are threatening to intensify their agitation if the Jagan Cabinet decides to shift the Capital. Previously, Cabinet meet is supposed to be held at Vizag on Dec 27. It might be to symbolically suggest that Vizag would be the future Capital city for all practical purposes. Minister Botsa Satyanarayana was expected to announce this but he has kept silent for the last two days following targetted attacks by rivals. Now, there are feelers from the government that Cabinet will meet at Velagapudi Secretariat in Amaravati Core Capital itself. Obviously, CM Jagan Reddy is not willing to give an impression that his Cabinet has escaped to Vizag in order to announce the anti-Amaravati decision.

Already, Amaravati farmers, who contributed their ancestral lands for Capital City, are challenging the Cabinet on the issue of Three Capitals. With the change of venue plans, heavy police force is deployed in Mandadam village which is en route Secretariat. Police issues notices to farmers not to allow strangers to stay at their homes. Amaravati villages have turned into a battle zone. Hindu religious sentiments are also rising. Rumour is that Cabinet meet may be shifted to CM Camp Office at Jagan Tadepalli residence. There are no indications of Jagan Reddy going back on his decision. No Minister or YCP MLA is making any statement in favour of Amaravati despite rising tensions.

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Jagan Cabinet approves election promises

The first Cabinet meeting of the Jaganmohan Reddy government had a marathon session for over five and a half hours. They gave approvals for major election promises made by Mr Reddy during his walkathon and election campaign. The Cabinet approved 27 per cent interim relief to the employees. This means an additional financial burden of Rs. 9,000 crore annually on the state which is already under heavy financial stress. The hiked IR will be paid to employees from July 2018 with retrospective effect.

The Cabinet has also given its approval for the merger of the AP State Road Transport Corporation with the government. But this has to pass through many procedures. The Cabinet decided to set up a committee to facilitate the merger process by formulating necessary guidelines.

The Cabinet had also approved the hike in social pensions to Rs. 2250 per month and cancellation of the Contributory Pension Scheme fulfilling a long-standing demand of the employees. Approval is given to hike in salaries of Asha workers from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 10,000 per month. The community health workers under tribal welfare will get a salary hike from Rs. 400 to Rs. 4000.

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All eyes on Jagan first Cabinet meeting

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YS Jaganmohan Reddy became a chief minister at a relatively very young age. So, there’s a lot of attention to what impact he is going to create at his first Cabinet meeting. He has been asserting repeatedly that he will implement election promises totally and treat the YCP manifesto as the holy book.

Jagan is expected to approve 27 per cent Interim relief for the employees. It means an additional financial burden on the state as the salaries will go up by 27 per cent. He has also promised to merge the RTC with the government. The earlier TDP government has said that it is very impossible to do this as the existing procedures will not allow this.

Jagan has also promised a hike in salaries of home guards and sanitary workers. There’s talk that Jaganmohan Reddy is strongly in favour of such populist policies despite the present financial problems in the state.

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