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AP high court sets GO 1 aside till Jan 23

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The Andhra Pradesh high court on Thursday put GO MS No 1 aside and posted the case for the next hearing on January 20. The high court also issued notices to the State government to file a counter by then.

The high court bench headed by Justice Bhattu Devanand, took up the hearing of a petition filed by CPI secretary K Ramakrishna.

Advocate General S Sriram told the court that the government has no information about the petition. He also questioned how the petition came up for hearing to the vacation bench. He also expressed surprise over the petition taken up in the roster system.

Ramakrishna alleged that GO 1 was brought to silence the opposition parties. He said that no government had taken this sort of decision in the last 75 years of independence. He also claimed that the GO was against the rights of the opposition to hold protests and public meetings.

As the court set aside the GO, Ramakrishna told the media persons that the court had taken the right decision to protect the rights of the opposition. He alleged that the ruling YSR Congress leaders have taken up rallies and held meetings even after the GO was issued.

However, he said that the government and the police were only targeting the opposition parties against holding rallies and political meetings.

The CPI secretary asked the state government to withdraw the GO before the court suspended it permanently.

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Stamps and Registration officials conduct searches in Margadarsi Chits

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The officials of the Andhra Pradesh Stamps and Registration Department conducted searches in the Margadarsi Chit Fund offices across the state on Tuesday. The officials found several irregularities in the chit fund activities including diversion of money collected from the people through chits.

The officials, during the initial search found that the chit fund company, which is owned by Cherukuri Ramoji Rao of Eenadu Group, had violated the rules and regulations of the Reserve Bank of India and the Chit Fund Act 1971.

There have been cases of violation of rules by the Margadarsi in the past too. Cases were filed based on the complaint given by then Congress MP, Vundavalli Arun Kumar. Though the Telangana High Court had dismissed the case a few days before the State bifurcation, the former Congress MP had challenged the high court orders in the Supreme Court.

The State government too had filed an implead petition in the Supreme Court against the Margadarsi Chit Funds. In turn, Ramoji Rao, too had started a political battle against the ruling YSR Congress through his Eenadu group media houses.

As things stand here, the officials of the Stamps and Registration Department conducted searches in all the offices of the Margadarsi Chit Fund Company. The reports say that the officials have seized some records of the company during their preliminary searches.

It is to be seen how Ramoji Rao would respond to these searches in his Eenadu paper and Etv news channel. Quite interestingly, no media in Andhra Pradesh had reported these searches in the Margadarsi Chit Fund by the state government officials.

The raids were conducted in 18 Chit Fund Companies in the state including Margadarsi Chit Fund Company.

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CJI Justice Lalith recuses himself from Amaravati case

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The Andhra Pradesh State government’s special leave petition (SLP) on AP high court order took a new turn on Tuesday. Chief Justice of India, Justice U U Lalith recused himself from hearing the case in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Justice Lilith gave a piece of advice to Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Amaravati in 2014. Senior advocate arguing for the Amaravati farmers recalled this when the bench took up the case for hearing.

Reacting to this, Justice Lalit wondered when he gave advice to Jagan Mohan Reddy on Amaravati. It was then the advocate presented the copy of his advice to the bench which Justice Lilith examined.

Then the chief justice recused himself from hearing of the case. He transferred the case to another constitution bench. He did not consider the request of the advocate for the farmers to fix the date for the next hearing.

The state government had written a letter to the Supreme Court requesting for early hearing. Following this, the chief justice posted the case to November 1 from the original date of November 14, following a letter from the Andhra Pradesh government to speed up the hearing. The state government also complained against the Andhra Pradesh high court order on the Amaravati case, where the court directed the government to develop the plots in three months and build the capital city in six months.

The state government also complained to the Supreme Court that the AP High Court had questioned the legislative rights of the government and wanted the Supreme Court to look into these issues.

The state government, which is in a hurry to move to Visakhapatnam, had requested the Supreme Court to dispose of the case at the earliest. Following this, the Supreme Court posted the case to November 1.

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AP to build Polavaram as per Centre’s designs

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The Andhra Pradesh government had told the Centre that it would build the Polavaram Project as per the designs given by the Central government. The state government made this commitment at the virtual meeting of the Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) and the Union Jal Shakthi Ministry with the representatives of the Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Chhattisgarh states on Thursday.

The states like Telangana and Chhattisgarh have expressed doubts over the back waters of the project. They said that the areas in their states would submerge in the back waters of the project and thus raised objections. Though Odisha too had similar complaints on the project, it was ready for consultations on the project with Andhra Pradesh.

Chhattisgarh and Telangana have asked for joint inspection and survey of the project backwaters to have an assessment of the possible submerged areas in their states. However, Odisha refused for the joint inspection and survey.

Polavaram Project Authority chairman R K Gupta told the media that they have requested Odisha, Telangana and Chhattisgarh states to cooperate with Andhra Pradesh in the construction of the project. He said that the Polavaram Project is a national project and wanted other states to cooperate with the Centre.

Andhra Pradesh had left the responsibility of convincing the other states in the project to the Central government, particularly the Polavaram Project Authority and the Union Jal Shakti Ministry.

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AP govt to give 2 acres of land for Krishnam Raju memorial

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The Andhra Pradesh state government had decided to give two acres of land at Mogalthuru village in West Godavari district for the construction of a memorial for U V Krishnam Raju, a former Union Minister and Telugu film actor.

This was announced by Minister for Civil Supplies Karumuru Venkata Nageswara Rao at the family gathering in Bhimavaram on Thursday. Besides Nageswara Rao, Minister for Information and Public Relations, Chelluboyina Srinivasa Venugopala Krishna also represented the state government in a memorial meeting.

The two ministers conveyed their sympathies on behalf of chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on the death of Krishnam Raju. The state government had sent four cabinet ministers to the funeral of the actor earlier.

Besides Krishnam Raju, actor Prabhas was on good terms with Jagan Mohan Reddy for several years. In fact, Prabhas had met the chief minister recently along with Chiranjeevi, Mahesh Babu and others. Thus the family shares a good relationship with the YSR Congress chief.

Sources say that the chief minister had decided to allocate two acres of land and build a memorial for the actor. The memorial would be maintained by the state government, the source said.

The government is expected to make an official statement in this regard shortly and start the construction. However, it is not decided yet whether the family would make arrangements for the statue at the memorial. The state government is yet to make a decision whether any photo gallery would come up in the memorial or not.

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AP files SLP in Supreme Court against HC order on Amaravati

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The State government on Saturday filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court, challenging the AP High Court judgment on Amaravati capital and the decentralisation of governance.

The AP High Court on March 2, 2022, had ruled that the state had no legislative powers to change the capital once it is fixed and had asked the state government to develop the capital in six months.

The State Assembly had discussed the observations of the high court judgement during the budget session. YSR Congress MP, V Vijayasai Reddy too had filed a private member bill in the Rajya Sabha recently seeking Parliament’s clarity on the observations of the high court.

The AP Assembly once again had a detailed discussion in the current session on September 15 on the three capitals plan and the decentralisation of administration.

Now, the SLP also questioned the constitutional validity of the high court in saying that the state has no legislative power to alter the capital. The state government felt that the observation was against the spirit of the constitution which directed the three organs of the government to respect each other.

The state government also questioned the intervention of the court on the matter, though the state government withdrew the decentralisation bills in the Assembly and took strong exception to the high court giving its judgment even before the new Acts were made.

The SLP is likely to come up for consideration and hearing on Monday, when the Supreme Court meets after the week-end break.

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AP Govt to give 5.18 lakh tabs to students, 72k smart TVs to schools

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The Andhra Pradesh government would give 5,16,740 tabs to the students in the government schools from the next academic year. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had told the officials to start procurement of the quality tabs.

At a review meeting with the officials of the education department on Monday, the chief minister also told the officials to provide internet facilities to all the schools, village clinics, village secretariats and the digital libraries across the state.

The chief minister wanted the officials to provide smart TVs in every classroom, with interactive facilities. The officials told the chief minister that 72,481 smart TVs are required in the first phase and this would cost Rs 512 crore to the exchequer.

The chief minister told the officials to acquire tabs and smart TVs with quality and guarantee. He also told the officials to have regular inspections of the schools which were developed under the Nadu-Nedu programme. The chief minister also told the officials to ensure that the infrastructure provided in the schools is well-maintained.

The chief minister told the officials to ensure that the Byjus staff would interact with the students and the staff using the tabs and the Smart TVs in the classroom.

The officials informed the chief minister that the Byjus is ready for operations and would reach out to the students in the government schools with their teaching and learning material.

Though the government had provided infrastructure in the schools, they would lose their quality unless they are not properly maintained. It is to be seen how far the officials maintain the quality where the government had spent a few thousand crores of rupees under Nadu-Nedu.

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Govt begins work on creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation

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The Andhra Pradesh government had started the groundwork for creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation with 29 villages, which were earlier part of the Amaravati capital city plan by the previous TDP government.

This is the second attempt by the present government to create a municipal corporation here giving urban recognition to these villages. The villages are under the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Department. The YSR Congress government wanted to bring them under the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department, by creating a municipal corporation with 22 villages.

The government also conducted grama sabhas to elicit the views of the people from these villages. However, the villages passed resolutions in favour of creation of a municipal corporation with all 29 villages and opposed withdrawal of seven villages from the list.

The state government had created a new municipal corporation by merging both Tadepalli and Mangalagiri municipalities last year. The government also took four villages from the 29 capital villages list and included them in the Tadepalli-Mangalagiri Municipal Corporation.

However, the farmers of Amaravati, who have been holding protests for the past 750 days have opposed the government move to create a municipal corporation with only 22 villages against 29 villages identified earlier as the capital villages.

Though there are resolutions from all these villages on the issue, the state government had once again directed the Guntur district collector to hold grama sabhas and collect public opinion on the creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation.

It is to be seen how the Amaravati farmers would react to the attempt by the government for the second time in the last two years.

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AP Cabinet clears Rs 4k cr cash transfer under Cheyutha

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The State cabinet, which met at Velagapudi on Wednesday under the chairmanship of chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy cleared the proposal of paying Rs 4,700 crore to the women under YSR Cheyutha scheme. This would benefit over 25 lakh women from the SC, ST, BC and Minority communities in the age group of 45 to 60 years.

The cabinet ratified the decision taken to declare probation of the employees of village and ward secretariats and Rs 20 lakh has been sanctioned to each secretariat for Gadapa Gadapaku Mana Prabhutvam programme. Administrative sanctions to one lakh houses under greater Visakha Corporation, including 3,750 houses in Anakapalle, also got the cabinet nod.

A draft Bill to amend various Acts with regard to Universities, including RJUKT 2008, also got the cabinet nod along with Degree College in Nandyal with 24 teaching staff and six non-teaching staff under outsourcing. In Kurupam Tribal Engineering College 80 regular teaching and six regular non-teaching staff and another 48 non-teaching staff under outsourcing would be appointed. In Dornala of Prakasam district, for the new college 25 teaching staff on a regular basis and six non-teaching staff under outsourcing would be appointed. The Cabinet ratified the decision taken to merge the municipal schools and the staff under the Education Department.

Four percent reservation should be given to differently abled persons in all Departments. The Cabinet decided to provide 85 additional posts in GAD, and the staffing pattern in AP Vaidya Vidhana Parishad would be changed.

The Cabinet also resolved to strengthen the State Architect Wing in Roads and Buildings Department and sanctioned eight posts.

The Government agreed to give a guarantee of RS 1600 crore bank guarantee for Amaravati phase 1 for basic amenities. The cabinet has also given the nod for amending APCRDA act 2014 and APMR and UDA Act 2016 for the works undertaken by State and Central governments.

The State agreed to provide guarantee for Rs 1000 crore loan from SIDBI for secondary food processing units.

All decisions taken in the SIPB in the meeting chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy got the cabinet nod. In all 1.25 lakh investment and employment generation of 60,000 would be coming in the state in industrial, power and tourism sectors.

The cabinet gave its nod for setting up permanent Lok Adalats in Nollore, Kurnool, Vizianagara and West Godavari districts with a staff of 40 members.

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SC asks Raghuram’s son to include AP Govt in torture case

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Kanumuru Bharat to include Andhra Pradesh state government in the alleged torture of his son and the Narasapur MP, K Raghurama Krishnam Raju. The court took up hearing of the petition seeking CBI probe into the alleged torture of the MP by the CID police.

The MP’s son alleged that the AP CID sleuths have tortured his father during their custody at Mangalagiri. Bharat’s counsel told the court that the CID cops have tortured his father without even considering that he is a Member of Parliament.

He also alleged that the State government had influenced the government general hospital doctors who gave a false medical report on the injuries to Raghurama Krishnam Raju. It was only the military hospital at Secunderabad which had confirmed the injuries to the MP.

Raghurama Krishnam Raju has been avoiding visit to the State because of this case and requested the court to direct the CBI to probe into the torture.

The court asked Bharat’s counsel to include the state government as respondent so that the government would give its report on the charges. Though the counsel said that there was no need to ask the state government for its response, the court insisted on having the state government’s response before proceeding further.

The court felt that the response of the state government was required to ask for the CBI investigation. The court further posted the case for two weeks for next hearing.

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AP govt pays Rs 395 cr to 3.95 lakh petty vendors

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has credited Rs 395 crores to 3.95 lakh beneficiaries under Jagananna Thodu scheme here on Wednesday besides an interest component of Rs 15.96 crore. The scheme provides Rs 10,000 each to small and petty traders, vendors and artisans and so far the State has provided Rs 2,011 crores to 15,03,558 families under the scheme to promote self-employment.

The small and petty traders and vendors who sell their goods and ware on the pavements, tiny shops and push carts also generate employment and become part of social empowerment.

The Chief Minister said that he had seen the plight of such petty traders, who were exploited by money lenders and middlemen besides artisans and the Jagananna Thodu scheme had thus evolved and we have kept our promise by paying Rs 10,000 each. The State has been providing loans to over 5.08 lakh, other state governments in the country have been providing such benefits to 15.03 lakh families which show the scale and size of concern we have towards social and economic empowerment, he said.

For those who repay loans on time, the State has been taking the interest burden and Rs 48.48 crore has been reimbursed to 12.50 lakh families. As part of this, Rs 15.96 crores is being reimbursed now. The list has 3.95 lakh new beneficiaries to whom an amount of 395 crore loans is being given.

Drawing a comparison with the previous government, the Chief Minister said, such welfare was never thought of by the previous dispensation and it never thought of people who were engaged in small and petty trade selling coffee, tea, eateries, vegetables, fruits in various modes. They also did not focus on artisans and traditional craftsmen. The previous government and its friendly media had a feudal mind-set looking after their own interest.

The budget remains the same then and now the only difference is the change of Chief Minister. Why schemes are reaching the poor now means, there are no middle men and it is being credited directly into the bank accounts shunting out the role of middlemen and corruption, he said.

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AP govt to clear Rs 1.83 crore wages in mid-day meal scheme

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The Andhra Pradesh government owes a huge amount of money to the mid-day meal workers in the form of wages. This would include both cooking expenditure and the wages as well, said Union Minister of State for Education, Annpurna Devi in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

TDP MP K Ramamohan Naidu raised the question relating to the mid-day meal scheme under the Prime Minister Poshan Shakti Nirman. He said that the AP government had not paid the cooking cost to the agencies and wages to the workers.

The Union minister said that the State government has to pay Rs 1,42,19,785 towards cooking cost and another Rs 41,51,000 towards wages to the workers engaged in the programme. He said that the districts of Chittoor and East Godavari stood on top in getting arrears of cooking expenditure as well as the wages to the workers.

He said that the government of Andhra Pradesh had cleared the bills for the single agencies engaged in the programme. However, the Union Minister said, that “the delay in payment of these pending bills is due to some technical reasons in banks and change of cooking agencies.”

However, the Union Minister said that the Central government is in constant touch with the state government for the successful implementation of the scheme including the payment of the expenses and wages.

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AP Govt clears Rs 15k cr Adani project

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The State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy here on Thursday, gave its nod for setting up a 3700MW pumped storage project undertaken by Adani Green Energy at an investment of Rs 15,376 crore.

The Adani Green Energy project will be developed in four phases, where the first phase will be taken up in 2022-23 at a cost of Rs 1349 crore, second phase in 2023-24 with Rs 6984 crore, third phase with Rs 5188 crore and the final phase will be completed in 2025-26 with Rs 1855 crore creating a total employment of 4,000 jobs. Along with this project few other projects in Kadapa, Parvatipuram, Satya Sai districts were also cleared by the Board for generating green energy.

The SIPB approved setting up of a garment manufacturing industry by Punctuate World Pvt Limited at a cost of Rs 50 crore in Pulivendula and Kopparthi providing employment to 4200 people. The Board also gave a nod for Avisa Foods Pvt Ltd’s Shrimp Processing Industry at Mellavelli Foodpark of Krishna district at a cost of Rs 150 crore which would create 2500 jobs. Also, clearance was given to set up a hotel (VVPL) at Tirupati under the Novotel brand by investing Rs 126.48 crore and creating direct employment to 300 people and indirect employment to over 2700 people.

Further, the government decided to transform Kopparthi electronic park into a Textile Region Apparel Park, where a Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel Parks will be developed in 1200 acres to produce quality products at low manufacturing costs and to create better employment opportunities. The Chief Minister has instructed the officials to prioritize connecting the area with railways as the government will provide uninterrupted electricity, water and other infrastructure facilities to the parks.

Speaking at the meeting, the Chief Minister said that there is immense potential for green energy generation of over 30000 MW in the state, which requires about 90000 acres. He said that Green ‌ Energy projects are going to be of great benefit to farmers as they can earn a minimum lease of Rs 30,000 per acre as a fixed income, especially to those in rain-fed areas. He directed the officials to look at those projects for which MoUs have been signed and are yet to start their operations.

The Chief Minister said focus should be laid on bringing global companies investments and added there are good opportunities for investments in Electronics, Tourism and Hospitality sectors in the state. He said there are many electronic manufacturing industries in Kopparthi and added to ensure more global companies invest in that location. He instructed the officials to take steps to set up a railway line to Kopparthi for easy transportation of goods and added to give priority to it so that industrial growth will be expedited in Kopparthi. He said it is also important to connect Industrial nodes with railways and added that every node should be linked with railway lines.

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AP Government issued notices in Ticket Pricing Portal Case

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The Andhra Pradesh government has been keen on a transparent ticket-selling system and the government issued a special GO through which the government would sell the ticket prices across all the theatres in the state. The guidelines are issued by the AP government and the theatre owners have been asked to sign the agreements for the same. Several cases are filed in the AP High Court in the recent week against the move of the AP government. Sandeep, the Deputy General Manager of Big Entertainment filed a petition in the AP High Court recently.

The High Court issued notices for AP State Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation, AP Technology Services and the Secretaries of the Home Ministry, Legal Department. The court asked them to file a counter at the earliest. Several multiplex owners approached the court and the AP High Court said that the decision on interim order will be taken soon. All the cases are heard collectively and the AP High Court will issue the judgment soon. The next hearing will take place on June 27th.

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AP govt finally gives posting to senior IPS officer

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The AP government had finally given posting to senior IPS officer A B Venkateswara Rao, who was under suspension for two years. He was posted as commissioner of printing and stationary relieving another senior IPS officer G Vijaya Kumar.

Venkateswara Rao, a 1989 batch IPS officer was suspended in February 2020 on charges of corruption by the YSR Congress government. He challenged the suspension in the AP high court and later in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court directed the State government to reinstate Venkateswara Rao as suspension cannot be continued beyond two years.

Accordingly, he was reinstated by withdrawing suspension and the IPS officer reported to duty on May 19, 2022. He was asked to report to the General Administration Department and was finally given posting on Wednesday.

Venkateswara Rao fought a tough battle against the YSR Congress government for two years. He challenged the government’s decision in his suspension and had even addressed several press conferences where he expressed doubts over bias of the government officials and the persons concerned.

The ruling YSR Congress is not happy with him as he is alleged to have engineered defections from the party to the TDP in 2017. Venkateswara Rao was the head of the intelligence wing during the TDP regime and was close to then chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

The controversial story had thus ended with the government giving him a posting finally.

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Will AP govt give posting to AB Venkateswara Rao?

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Senior IPS officer of the 1989 batch has been making rounds in the AP secretariat waiting for the government to give him fresh posting. He has made two visits to the secretariat in the last fortnight after the Supreme Court’s direction in late April.

The senior IPS officer is under suspension since February 2021 on charges of irregularities in purchase of communication equipment to the police intelligence wing during the TDP regime between 2015 and 2019. He was the head of the state intelligence wing during Chandrababu Naidu regime.

Rao was also served show cause notices during this suspension period for violation of service rules. He was accused of addressing the media without prior permission from the government as a member of the All India Services.

However, his suspension was quashed by the AP high court, which was challenged by the State government in the supreme court. The apex court too squashed the state government petition on the ground that suspension cannot be continued for more than two years.

Following this, A B Venkateswara Rao visited the Velagapudi secretariat on April 29 and requested chief secretary Dr Sameer Sharma to give him posting in the light of the supreme court direction. He also submitted a copy of the supreme court order.

It was said that the chief secretary had told him that he would start the process to give him a new post. However, as there was no response from the chief secretary, the senior police officer visited the secretariat once again on Wednesday to meet the chief secretary and renew his demand.

Sources say that the chief secretary had asked the senior IPS officer, who is now in the rank of the DG, to wait in the room. As Venkateswara Rao was waiting in the hall, the chief secretary had reportedly left his office without meeting him.

The big question now is will the state government give posting to this senior police officer? Well, one has to wait and watch.

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AP govt permits price hike of tickets for ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’

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According to the latest update, the Andhra Pradesh government has increased the existing ticket prices for Mahesh Babu’s ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’ by Rs 45 for a 10-day period under the ‘Super High Budget Film Category’.

Movie ticket prices in Andhra Pradesh have long been a source of contention.

The state government has announced that prices will be raised/lowered in accordance with the budget in the most recent amendments to the Cinematography Acts in Andhra Pradesh.

In the same vein, the government granted permission for the makers of ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’ to add Rs 45 to the original prices set by them.

‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’, starring Mahesh Babu and Keerthy Suresh, has received $188,564 in pre-sales from 648 shows and 223 locations in the US already.

Slated for release on May 12, the movie is directed by Parasuram Petla.

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AP govt starts big campaign on pension scheme

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The State government had launched a massive campaign to convince the employees of the new pension scheme. The government had proposed a Guaranteed Pension Scheme (GPS) in the place of Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).

The government had also constituted a committee to study the issue and make recommendations on the GPS. Before the committee could meet, finance minister Buggana Rajendranath issued a detailed two-page advertisement in the print media explaining the two pension schemes of CPS and GPS.

The government said that the CPS would become a financial burden to the government while the returns to the pensioners are not guaranteed. “The CPS has no guaranteed person and is linked to bank interest rates,” the government said to convince the employees.

On the other hand, the GPS would guarantee a minimum 70 per cent pension, which is more than what is paid under the CPS. Recalling that the state had withdrawn pension in 2003, the government said that the present CPS would become unbearable financially.

The government also gave projections of the financial burden on the government in the years to come from 2023 to 2100. The government said that the salaries and pensions would go up by 132 per cent of the State Owned Resources by 2023 to 197 per cent by 2050 and 395 per cent by the year 2100.

The government said that through the GPS, the employee receives a guaranteed pension of 33 percent of the last drawn basic pay.

Thus the government had given two options to the employees asking them to choose. The first option is that every month, if an employee continues 10 percent of his salary, the government will add another 10 per cent and the employee after retirement would receive 33 per cent of his last drawn basic pay as guaranteed.

In the second option, the government said if the employee contributes 14 per cent, the government too would contribute an equal amount and the employee would get 40 per cent of the last drawn basic as pension.

The government also alleged that a section of the ‘yellow media’ is now trying to point a finger and ridicule the government’s intentions on the pension scheme. It cautioned the employees not to fall into their trap and asked them to “decide your choice.”

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AP govt forms new panel on CPS

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The state government has formed a new committee to study the possibilities of cancelling the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS). The new panel was formed after holding consultations with the representatives of the employees on Monday.

The CPS withdrawal was one of the major promises of Jagan Mohan Reddy before the 2019 general elections. However, in the last three years, the government could not fulfil the promise. In fact, at one point of time, the YSR Congress leaders claimed that they had no knowledge of the issue and hence the promise was made. In other words, the government said that the issue was not in their hands and could not do anything.

However, it had now formed a committee to rework on the issue. The new committee will have finance minister Buggana Rajendranath, ministers Botsa Satyanarayana, Adimulapu Suresh and government advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy. This committee would hold talks with the representations of the employees’ and their unions.

Earlier, the ministers and the senior officials held talks with the employees on the issue. Besides the Ministers and the government advisor, chief secretary Dr Sameer Sharma, finance chief secretary Sashibhushan Kumar, secretaries N Guljar, H Arun Kumar and advisor on employees’ welfare, P Chandrasekhar Reddy joined the meeting with the employees.

From the employees, APNGOs Association president Bandi Srinivasa Rao, AP Secretariat Employees Association president Venkatrami Reddy, AP Revenue Services Employees Association president Bopparaju Venkateswarlu, government employees’ association president K R Surya Narayana and teachers’ unions leaders, M Krishnaiah, N Venkateswarlu and H Hrudayaraju were present.

The employees and the ministers, besides the secretaries, held prolonged discussions on the issue and finally agreed for the formation of a new committee. The committee would study the issue, hold consultations with the representatives of the employees and even hold consultations with the Central government. It would then submit a report to Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

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AP Govt allows 100 percent occupancy in Theatres

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The government of Andhra Pradesh lifted night curfews in the state recently but there was a confusion as the theatres are asked to operate with 50 percent occupancy. The government granted 100 percent occupancy in theatres from immediate effect. With no notable releases this week, 100 percent occupancy rule will not make any difference this week.

Pawan Kalyan’s Bheemla Nayak will hit the screens next week and the film will have the advantage. The Committee submitted the detailed report on the ticket pricing in AP theatres today. The government will take the final call and the revised GO with new prices is expected soon. As per the happenings, Bheemla Nayak may not get the advantage of the revised prices in AP.

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