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Govt biased, turning temples as Covid Centres: TDP

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Is the Jaganmohan Reddy Government playing with the sentiments of the Hindus by continuing its partial treatment to the temples, archakas and devotees? In view of the scarcity of infrastructure, the Government has started turning the temples into Covid centres in different parts of the State. The Opposition parties have now put strong objection to this, saying that this would only amount to hurting the sentiments of the devotees.

It would be better if the YSRCP regime used the spare infrastructure available in schools, colleges and marriage halls for the Covid treatment purpose. The TDP says in the temples, there would be no toilet facilities usually. Hence, it would not be possible to provide the required facilities to the Covid patients. It was unfortunate that the present rulers targetted the temples instead of using schools and function halls that would have all the necessary facilities.

TDP leader Buchi Ram Prasad said that the TDP would welcome any step being taken by the Government to fight against the epidemic but the question was why only temples were being turned into Covid centres. This kind of a partiality against Hinduism would not be correct. Has this Chief Minister held a review meeting even once to find out and resolve the problems of the archakas in the temples? What did this CM do for the well being of the archakas in the past two years?

The TDP leader asked the Government to explain what steps they had taken to save archakas’ lives during the Covid infections. Since the YCP came to power, there were over 180 attacks on the Hindu temples all over Andhra Pradesh. The YCP Government miserably failed to take any single step. Now, the Government was daring to turn the temples into the Covid centres without thinking about the sentiments of the devotees. There would be no doubt soon the Government may even ask the archakas to do duties at the Covid centres. In the past, it did not hesitate to force the teachers to do duties at the Government liquor shops where huge crowds caused rapid spread of the virus.

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Central team visits Guntur district

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An inter-ministerial team from the Centre on Monday has visited the flood-hit areas in the Krishna district.
During the visit, the team assessed the situation in the rain and flood-affected areas in Guntur. The team was represented by officials from agriculture, finance, department of Water Resources, Power, Road Transport and Highways and Rural Development.
The Central team toured the flood-affected agriculture and horticulture fields in Kolluru and Bhattiprolu mandals of Guntur district.
District collector A. Md. Imtiaz gave a detailed presentation on the crop loss in Guntur district with a power-point presentation, photo exhibition. He told the central team that roads and power installations suffered severe damage while standing crops on thousands of acres were destroyed.
The district collector has apprised the central team of the extent of crop damaged. He told the officials that crops were damaged in 17,000 hectares of the crop was damaged in agricultural fields, while 8,000 hectares of horticultural crops were affected. The district collector submitted a detailed report on crop damage to the Central team.
The central team visit comes in the wake of Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah requesting that a team be sent to the state to enumerate the losses caused by torrential rains and floods. The Chief Minister had sought Rs 2,250 crore as immediate flood relief. As per preliminary estimates, the state suffered damage to the tune of Rs 4,450 crore due to the deluge from October 9 to 13 and the consequent flooding.

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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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Eminent economist Narasimha Murty appointed advisor to AP govt

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Andhra Pradesh Government today appointed eminent finances expert and chartered accountant K. Narasimha Murthy as Advisor (Financial Services) to the government in the rank of Special Chief Secretary.

He has already been working as Chairman of Financial Ponzy Schemes and Member of Fiscal Management Committee of Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Murthy, having brilliant academic record, getting ranks in both CA & ICWA courses entered the Profession of Cost & Management Accountancy in 1983. He is associated with the development of Cost & Management Information Systems for more than 175 Companies covering more than 50 Industries.

He is closely involved with several National level Institutions, presently on the Boards of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd., STCI Finance Ltd., Infiniti Retail Limited (Tata Croma), Max Life Insurance Company Ltd., Max Healthcare Institute Ltd., Max Bupa Health Insurance Co. Ltd., Max Specialty Films Ltd..

In addition, he is associated as Member Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Internal Audit & Investment Committees. Earlier he was associated as a Director with IDBI Bank Ltd.(2001-‘11), LIC Housing Finance Ltd.(2005-’15), UTI Bank Ltd., (presently AXIS Bank)(1999-2004), Member Board of Supervision NABARD (2005-’15), Unit Trust of India (UTI)(2002-‘03), IFCI Ltd.(2008-‘09), AP State Finance Corporation (2009-’15), APIDC Ltd., Bombay Stock Exchange etc. As Chairman of Expert Committee on Urban Co-op. Banks (UCBs)(2002) in A.P., analysed the performance of more than 140 UCBs. Recommendations of the Committee are well received / accepted, being implemented by the concerned agencies. He has been associated with more than 32 High Level Committees as Chairman / Member both at National & State Level, which include Audit Reforms Implementation Committee on Public Sector Banks, Prasara Bharati Restructuring Committee, Expert Committee on Common Wealth Games, Restructuring Committee of State Level PSUs, Expert Committee on Co-op. Credit Institutions, Fiscal Reforms Implementation Committee, TTD Investment Committee – Tirupati etc., He is also associated with the development of Cost Accounting Record Rules for many Industries as a member of Informal Advisory Committee, Dept. of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India. His efforts in the furtherance of Costing & Management Accounting Profession in India were recognised by the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) which has honoured him by giving citation in October 2007. Recently, he is nominated as Chairman of the Expert Committee on Financial Ponzi Schemes by Government of Andhra Pradesh.

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