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AP Cabinet to fix muhurat for CM Office shifting?

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The ruling YCP has started sending out feelers on the AP Capital shifting. Plans are being made in this regard. The issue is coming up for detailed discussion at the next Cabinet meeting to be held on February 23. As per the latest plans, rumours are going round that the Chief Minister’s Office along with the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat will be shifted to Visakhapatnam by the coming Ugadi festival in April second week.

As of now, there are hurdles for shifting the Capital city as a whole considering the High Court orders. Cases filed by the Amaravati farmers and Opposition parties are still pending before the court. However, the Jagan Reddy regime has been trying to shift the CMO and the Secretariat.

Technically speaking, once the CMO is shifted to Vizag, then the port city would become the Executive Capital. Already, the agitation is going in Vizag against the privatisation of the steel plant there. Amid this, the Jagan regime is planning to hasten the process of shifting the CMO and the Secretariat.

The Amaravati agitation has been continuing for over 400 days. They are also fighting a legal battle at the same time. It is to be seen how the agitators would react to the shifting of the CMO and the Secretariat in the coming weeks. Already, the metro rail and such offices have been shifting from Vijayawada to Vizag.

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AP Cabinet approves liquidation of ADP

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The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet has given in-principle nod to terminate the Singapore Amaravati Investment Holdings (SAIH), which formed Amaravati Development Partners (ADP) with Amaravati Development Corporation Ltd (ADCL) for the implementation of the project. The cabinet felt that the project development was no longer feasible to develop the Amaravati Capital City Start-up Area as originally planned. Therefore, the Cabinet decided to begin the process to liquidate Amaravati Development Partners (ADP). The ADP will undergo liquidation on a mutual consent basis and discharge all liabilities such as, office set up costs, other expenses, and provisional winding up costs before initiating the process in accordance with the Cabinet decision.

In 2017, when N Chandrababu Naidu was the chief minister, he entered into an MoU with Singapore-based Ascendas-Singbridge Pvt Ltd and Sembcorp Development Ltd to develop a start-up area in 1,600 acres in Amaravati. But soon after riding to power, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy terminated the contract.

The Cabinet also gave its clearance for the establishment of an electronics manufacturing cluster at Kopparthi in Kadapa district. The Cabinet also discussed the recent torrential rains and floods leaving a trail of destruction including crops loss, livestock, loss of property, etc. The Cabinet stated that crops in 30,000 hectares were affected, including 13,000 hectares horticultural plants. The Cabinet decided to give 80 per cent subsidy on sale of seeds to mitigate the current crisis the farmers are facing. Further, the cabinet has decided to give Rs 500 to each individual who are currently in relief camps.

The Cabinet also announced a hike of a little over three per cent in dearness allowance (DA). Further, it decided to implement the YSR Bheema scheme by December 15 and set up insurance corporation by the next year.

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AP Cabinet approves slew of welfare schemes

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday, approved a slew of welfare schemes and pet project.

Among the major decisions the, the Cabinet approved the Industrial Development Policy 2020-23 which was announced in April which proposed interventions across infrastructure, ease of doing business, skill development, business enablement and fiscal incentives.

Notable interventions include complete zoning and pre-clearance of industrial land in the state, setting up of MSME parks with plug and play facilities.

The Cabinet also approved the proposal to set up an electronics park in Kadapa, former Chief Minister late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s home town. Christened as YSR Electronics Park, the Cabinet approved setting up of the park at an initial cost of Rs 730 crore. Speaking to mediapersons l, ministed Perni Nani stated that the electronics park is expected to generate crores of investments from various investors and generate 11,000 jobs.

Further, Nani stated that the Cabinet has approved another pet welfare scheme – YSR Sampoorna Poshana (YSR Complete Nutrition). The scheme will roll out from September 1. Under the welfare scheme, the government aims to cover 30 lakh children, pregnant and lactating mothers in 77 Scheduled areas. Additionally, the Cabinet also approved the
YSR Sampoorna Poshana Plus Scheme | Nutrition Food For Pregnant Women aiming to cover 70 tribal areas.

The Cabinet also gave a green signal to the YSR Bima insurance scheme which was stalled by the central government and LIC was the nodal agency. However, LIC ceased to be the nodal agency. Perni Nani said the government will continue with YSR Bima scheme.

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AP Cabinet expansion on July 22, BCs may get berth

The Jagan government has announced the much-awaited date for the expansion of the Cabinet.

The Cabinet expansion will take place on July 22 which was necessitated after ministers Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose and Mopidevi Venkataramana resigned from their posts after being elected to the Rajya Sabha.

This was the first time since the YSRCP rode to power that Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy was expanding his Cabinet.

Currently, there are 24 cabinet ministers in AP, after Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose and Mopidevi Venkataramana resigned from their respective posts. Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose held the Revenue portfolio, while Mopidevi Venkataramana was Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Marketing. Subhash Chandra Bose and Venkataramana were two of the four members elected to the Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh in the biennial election held on June 19. Subhash Chandra Bose belongs to Shetty Balija community, while Mopidevi belongs to the fishing community.

There are many in fray to get the coveted ministry posts. However, it is learnt that Jagan could elect new ministers from the BC category. Among the strong contenders are Chelluboyina Srinivasa Venugopala Krishna who belongs to Shetty Balija community and Palasa Constituency MLA Seediri Appalaraju who belongs to the fishing community. The new ministers will take oath on July 22.

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Jagan Cabinet okays committee for new districts

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet took various decisions at its two-hour long meeting in Amaravati. The Cabinet gave its approval for forming a committee to study the issue of forming new districts in the state. A timeframe was given to the committee to make such recommendations so that the formation of new districts could be completed before March 31, 2021.

It may be recalled that the CM has been hinting at formation of each Lok Sabha constituency into a district. The YCP leaders were asserting that this was as per the promise given by Jaganmohan Reddy in the election campaign. The government has decided to go forward in this respect despite largescale objections from both the opposition and ruling party leaders.

Critics say that in some LS segments, the headquarters town would not be centrally located. For example, Sarvepalli assembly segment is located in Tirupati LS segment. Some villages in Sarvepalli are located in just three to four kms radius from Nellore town. Even Sarvepalli village is just seven to ten kms from Nellore town, which is currently the district headquarters.

Today’s Cabinet meet has discussed over 22 items on the agenda. Of these, some of the issues were formation of sand corporation, export of renewable energy and so on.

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AP Cabinet postponed again: Capital confusion

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Ahead of historic Capital shifting, the Jaganmohan Reddy government is changing its decisions on key issues very frequently. Now, the latest decision is to postpone the crucial Cabinet meet from January 18 to 20. Once again, the Ministers were informed about the latest change. So, it will be Jan 20 when the Cabinet will approve the High Power Committee report. After a few hours the same day, the 3 Capitals decision will be taken up for debate in the AP Assembly. Because of court orders and CBI cases, CM Jagan was in a dilemma to hold Cabinet on January 18 or 20. The fast-paced political developments are forcing AP CM to be very cautious like never before.

Political circles are speculating that Jagan Reddy and his legal advisors are taking all steps to avoid any intervention of the High Court in Amaravati Capital issue in the name of farmers’ petitions. So, on paper, the government will not be saying that it is shifting Executive Capital out of Amaravati. The debate in the Assembly will also be on decentralised development rather than formation of 3 Capitals specifically. The indications are that the crippling of Amaravati will take place in a secretive manner by shifting major departments one by one to Visakhapatnam. This way, the court will not be able to directly interfere. At the same time, a silent burial can be given to Amaravati global city project. If farmers suffer, let them suffer for foolishly trusting previous government.

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Video: Jagan Cabinet decided to implement some of the election promises

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Jagan’s 5 deputy CMs move to reward communities’ support

Creating a record of sorts, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy will have five deputy chief ministers, said to be the highest-ever in any state in the country.

Jagan Reddy, who will be expanding his cabinet on Saturday, told the newly-elected legislators of YSR Congress Party on Friday that he will have five deputy chief ministers in the 25-member full-fledged cabinet.

Reddy’s five deputies will be picked up from five major social groups – Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Backward Classes (BC), minorities and Kapus.

This is being seen as Reddy’s gesture to reward these communities for throwing their weight behind the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), enabling it to storm to power with a landslide victory last month.

The YSRCP polled nearly 50 per cent votes to win 151 seats in 175-member Assembly and also bag 22 out of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state, virtually wiping out the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

Jagan, as the YSRCP chief is popularly known, took oath as the Chief Minister at a public ceremony in Vijayawada on May 30.

The 46-year-old Reddy told a YSRCP Legislature Party meeting at his official residence here on Friday that the cabinet will have representation from all sections of society. He also declared that half of the council of ministers would be from SCs, STs, BCs and minorities.

In its election manifesto, the YSRCP has made various promises for the welfare and development of these communities, which constitute about 70 per cent of the state’s population and are believed to have overwhelmingly supported the YSRCP to give it a huge mandate.

Reddy’s predecessor, N. Chandrababu Naidu, had two deputy chief ministers – K. E. Krishna Murthy and N. Chinnarajappa, representing the BC and Kapu communities, respectively.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s earlier cabinet also had two deputy chief ministers from among the BCs and Muslims.

Political analysts say Jagan, by having five deputies, wants to win the goodwill of these communities and further strengthen his vote bank.

Unlike TDP, which is dominated by the socially and politically powerful Kamma community, YSRCP is dominated by Reddys. While the leadership of the YSRCP and the government will remain with the Reddys, by nominating five deputies, the Chief Minister is keenness for carrying other key sections with him.

His father, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who was the Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh between 2004 and 2009, had also enjoyed the support of these sections of society who have traditionally voted for either the Congress or the TDP.

Though Rajasekhara Reddy had no deputy chief minister, he won the backing of these groups by implementing a series of welfare schemes for them.

With Jagan Reddy inheriting the political legacy of his late father, and YSRCP replacing Congress as the main political force in the state, he is keen to consolidate his support among the SCs, STs, BCs, minorities and Kapus.

Kapus, who had traditionally voted Congress, also appear to have preferred the YSRCP over Jana Sena whose leader and film actor Pawan Kalyan is a Kapu. Jana Sena came a cropper with one Assembly seat.

In 2014, the Kapus had apparently backed the TDP-BJP combine after they promised reservations for the community. However, the TDP government could not implement its promise due to legal issues.

Political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy believes that the new Chief Minister’s move to have five deputies is more of a symbolic gesture as the real power will concentrate his hands and those of the coterie around him.

“It is good optics. It is only to show to these communities that their representatives have been made deputy chief ministers,” he said.

“Power in regional parties across the country is centralised and YSRCP is no exception,” he added.

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Most likely Ministers in Jagan Cabinet

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Total 25 Ministers:

1 Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy
2 Mekapati Gowtham Reddy
3 Balineni Srinivasa Reddy
4 Buggana Rajendranath Reddy
5 Mekathoti Sucharita
6 Alla Nani
7 Kodali Nani
8 P Anil Kumar Yadav
9 K Parthasarathi (Yadava)
10 Botsa Satyanarayana (BC)
11 Dharmana Krishna Das (BC)
12 Avanti Srinivas
13 Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose
14 Dadisetti Raja
15 Kurasala Kanna Babu
16 Perni Nani
17 Pushpa Srivani
18 Narayana Swamy
19 Amjad Bhasha
20 Cherukuwada Sriranganadha Raju
21 Vellampalli Srinivas
22 Thaneti Vanitha
23 Pinipe Viswaroop
24 Mopidevi Venkataramana
25 Gummanuru Jayaram

Speaker – Tammineni Sitaram
Deputy speaker – Kona Raghupati

4 Reddys, 4 Kapus, 7 BCs, 5 SCs, 1 Kamma, 1 Muslim, 1 Vysya, 1 Kshatriya and 1 ST. One Brahmin to be deputy speaker.

Cabinet Ministers will be sworn in in Amaravati on Saturday at 11.49 am
The Cabinet meeting will be held on June 10 at 10.30 am.

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Video: List of Those Who Has A Shot At AP Cabinet Berth

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YSR portrait issue rocks the Assembly

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The demand of restoring the YS Rajasekhar Reddy’s portrait rocked the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday, the third day of five day monsoon session during question hour. As speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao disallowed YSRCP’s adjournment motion on drought and drinking water problem, the opposition member trouped into the well chanting slogans YSR Zindabad, and displaying the portraits of YSR and demanded the restoration of the portrait in the members launge. The raucous led to the adjournment of the motion for 10 minutes.

The portrait, along with portraits of Tanguturi Prakasham and Sanjeevaiah have been removed last month at the instructions from the speaker. This decision was later ratified by the special purposes committee of the Assembly. The committee’s argument was that it was not convention to hang the pictures of formers chief ministers in the Assembly. Only pictures of former speakers are kept. But, the YSRC objected to it stating that it was the decision of the previous assembly and it should be honored. Today, YSRC members did not allow the house run staging dharna in the well. Speaker took strong objection to it and asked them to give a notice on the subject before raising in house.

“If you have real respect for YSRajasekhar Reddy and you think he was your leader, why didn’t you give the adjournment motion on the subject. You gave the notice on drought. The subjects should be raised in Assembly only on prior notice,” he said. Speaker also warned them against the taking house for raise.”You cannot dictate the house to take any subject you wish just like that. Don’t cross the limits,” speaker warned. But, opposition continued their protest, slogans and display of YSR portrait. Speaker asked them why were they stalling the business of the House. He specially asked the members, to remove the picture. He assured them he would permit them to speak only if them removed the picture. As the opposition members un-relented, speaker adjourned the house for ten minutes.

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‘Homework’ creates problem in House

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An interesting, but heated debate took place on “homework” in Assembly today.

Participating in the debate on chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’ statement on the special category status to Andhra Pradesh, opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy said he belonged to present generation while Chandrababu Naidu to the previous one, whose members were poor in knowledge.

“What I want to tell is why it is necessary to have a special status. We are in a situation where even the CM doesn’t have any understanding of the special status,” he said to cheers from his side and jeers from the treasury benches. ” Yes, ” he said adding that ” Chandrababu Naidu belongs to past generation. We belong to this generation. There are many things which Naidu doesn’t know and we know. We do home- work and he has neither patience nor time to do homework,” Jagan said provoking legislative affairs minister Yanamala Ramakrishndu.

“Jagan might be doing homework on the cases he was facing in courts,” Yanamala said.

Retorting, Jagan said Naidu also must be doing homework, but it could be on bailing himself out of cash-for-vote scam. To prove that he had done homework, Jagan showed to the house a bunch of paper, which, he said had been provided by the research section of Parliament on the benefits of special category status.

These comments plunged the house into disorder and the sub-plot cash-for -vote had become the main issue in the House.

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No More Raucous on Phone-Tapping: Naidu’s advice

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AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked his cabinet colleagues to observe restraint in their attack on the TS government over phone tapping issue. Now that centre’s role in phone-tapping is public knowledge Naidu tried to downplay the issue, saying that he was hopeful that justice would prevail as “Law has begun taking its own course in the phone tapping case.”

“Our stand on phone tapping issue is vindicated now. The Telangana government on its own acknowledged the fact in the High Court. So, let’s us wait and see what will happen in the Court of law,” Naidu is said to have observed in the Cabinet yesterday when some minister’s pointed to reported remarks of additional solicitor general Natarajan to his notice. Natarajan informed the court the TS government had kept the centre in loop while resorting to interception and the act was legal.

During the unusally long meeting , Naidu reportedly told them now the matter was “sub judice”.
Expressing dissatisfaction on the performance of most of his colleagues, the Chief Minister warned them to improve their workmanship lest face the axe. He warned the ministers that the brooked no tolerance for under performers. Sources said Naidu expressed displeasure over HRD minister failed to present the draft of private universities bill before the Cabinet, which the government wants to introduce in the ensuing monsoon session of Assembly.

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AP Cabinet fails to react on Centre’s NO to spl. status

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Andhra Pradesh cabinet which met for the first time in Vijayawada fell short of meeting expectations of opposition demand vis-à-vis the centre’s categorical statement that they had no plan accord special status to any state. The cabinet met for eight ours and discussed many things such as unveiling a bronze statue of Dr Kalam, exgratia and house to the parents of Rishiteswari, constructing houses for poor, completion of Polavaram by 2018 and inauguration of Pattiseema on August 15 etc, but failed to react on the planning minister’s clarification on the demand for special status.

Out side, YSR Congress has called for a dharna in New Delhi, CPI is observing state-wide bandh on August 11, and some intellectuals are planning to agitate for special status. The cabinet, though reportedly not happy at the statement, failed to make this apparent.
Opposition parties have demanded an ultimatum to NDA government on the issue by Naidu. YSRC wants Naidu to pull out of NDA government. TDP has two ministers, one cabinet (P Ashok Gajapati Raju ) and MoS (YS Chowdary). The refusal to express displeasure by the state cabinet is indicative of the fact that Naidu doesn’t want to antagonize NDA government at a time when PM Narendra Modi is maintaining equi-distance with TRS and YSRC.

Chief minister Chandrababu Naid is said to have asked the cabinet to take light of the union minister Inderjit Singh’s statement on special status.” The statement doen’t make any difference. We will continue our efforts to get the special status tag to Andhra Pradesh,” is all what he reportedly told his cabinet colleagues.

Briefing to media finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu admitted that the state was subjected to all -round injustice. ” We have been promised special category status at the time of AP Reorgnization bill passage. We have been assured of special package, special assistance to cover up the revenue loss, financial assistance to capital. Many a time we raised these issues, lates being with 14 finance commission. Our requests have fallen deaf ear. Neither centre, nor 14 th finance commission fulfilled our demands. The 14 finance commission, instead of recommending special grant, simply applied all India scale. What is the assistance you (centre) extended to a state which was subjected division, revenue loss, capital loss, resources loss etc.” Yanamala lamented. Still, he said, the government would continue raise these issues till justice was done to Andhra Pradesh he said.

The cabinet , which paid rich tributes to Kalam, decided to unveil a bronze statue in Acharya Nagarjuna University. Similarly Ongole IIIT would be named after Dr Kalam. The government would give Rs 10 lakh as exgratia and 500 yard hose site in Rajamundry for parents of Rishiteswari, who committed suicide following ragging in Nagarjuna University.

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Foundation Stone for Amaravathi on Oct.22

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Foundation stone will be laid for the construction of new capital of Andhra Pradesh “Amaravathi” on October 22, 2015. The new capital is coming up in Guntur district on the banks of River Krishna. Similarly, works for Polavaram project also will commence from the same day. Andhra Pradesh cabinet has finalized these dates today. State government will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the chief guest for the ceremonies. Similarly, the cabinet deiced to institute vigilance inquiry into the large scale misappropriation of funds in the housing program for the poor during Congress regime spanning  between 2004-2014. According to labor minister K Acchannaidu, who briefed media about the cabinet decisions, about Rs 5,500 cr have been misappropriated in the housing program meant for the poor during the Congress regime. “The then government had claimed to have constructed 41 lakh houses. In a study done by the cabinet committee, it was found that about 15 lakh houses are non-existent. But, the bills have been cleared by the government. There are instances where same person had been allotted five to six houses. We have decided to institute vigilance inquiry. The government doesn’t hesitate to recover money swallowed by the people responsible for the loss to the exchequer under revenue recovery act,” Naidu said. From now onward, the government will have a uniform e-mail policy. “Government will create a new email address  and all government functionaries from top CM to down to the village assistant, have to communicate through this mail id only,” he added.

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