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Centre is not against buying and selling of cattle: Venkaiah


The notification of NDA government called Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules which bans the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets is facing severe backlash. This will severely hit the farmers of drought-hit Rayalaseema region where selling aged cattle is a routine; especially where scarcity of fodder is a problem in itself. Several activists who support the ban are asking farmers to buy cattle-feed by selling the urine and dung to those who make fertilisers. But this is no answer to the question of increasing supply of fodder in a region which is hit by drought for 8years in a row. Farmers sell the aged cattle to buy the new ones and hardly care about who they are selling as long as they are paid well.

Speaking at an inaugural function in Ongole, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the government is not against buying and selling of cattle. He said that the Centre is not interfering with the food habits of people. He further said that the BJP led government at the Centre is against killing of livestock which are useful for farming.

The prevention of the sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter by the saffron party is indirectly perceived as beef ban. The animals which include bulls, cows, buffaloes, steers, heifers and camels can be sold in the market only after they legally mention that the cattle have not been “brought to the market for sale for slaughter”.

It been around three years and the government owes disbursal of crop loss compensation to farmers of Rayalaseema region. As the government continues to neglect the region, the dry land is on the verge of going barren. The Andhra Pradesh state reorganisation bill has mentioned a package to Rayalaseema and North Andhra regions as per the Bundelkhand model. While, the story of depriving Andhra Pradesh of the promises in reorganisation act by the central government has become a norm, this ban will only increase the farmers’ distresses in the region.

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Venkaiah joins forces with Naidu on ‘Local Status’


Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also pitched in to support the efforts of chief minister Chandrababu Naidu to get the presidential order that determines the local status of students in Andhra and Telangana states amended. Venkaiah also urged union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Law & Justice Sadananda Gowda to act immediately to resolve the issue of ‘local status’ of the children of people, who are now living in Telangana and want to relocate to Andhra Pradesh.

Venkaiah held extensive discussions with senior officials of the Union Home and Law & Justice departments in New Delhi on the issue of ‘local status’. The discussions focused on making necessary amendments to the Presidential Orders issued in 1974 and 1975 in respect of admissions into educational institutions and employment based on ‘local status’ in the erstwhile united AP.

A statement issued by the Union Urban Development Ministry said,”The provisions of the two Presidential Orders which are in force along with the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act,2014, were examined at length in the meeting. Venkaiah urged the two Ministries to take swift action for suitably amending the existing Presidential Orders.”

Naidu, during the discussion also spoke to the Chief Secretary of AP, IYR Krishna Rao, for clarity on related issues.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, in a letter written union home minister Rajanath Singh two days back, proposed an inclusion of para in the existing order inorder to overcome the impediment. Andhra Pradesh government proposes to grant local status to the children of the people who want to locate to Andhra Pradesh from Telangana within three year from the appointed date ie July 2, 2014.

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Venkaiah tweets fire on AP Congress’ cheating cases


The heat of cheating cased being filed in Andhra Pradesh Congress reached New Delhi. APCC headed by N Raghuvira Reddy filed cases against the PM Modi, union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu for their going back on implementing the promises they made to the people of Andhra Pradesh during 2014 elections. Stating this was tantamount to the cheating the people, the party is filing cases in 1258 police stations across the state for the past two days. Today is the third and last day of novel protest.

However, Venkaiah Naidu took strong objection to the police complaints against the leadership of BJP and TDP allegedly not fulfilling their poll promises made to the bifurcated state. He described this protest as a publicity gimmick. It would serve no purpose, Venkaiah Naidu tweeted.

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Congr fixes dates to file cases vs Modi, Naidu and Venkaiah


Andhra Pradesh Congress announced the dates for the filing of cheating cases against Prime Minister Modi, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu. PCC President N Raghuvira Reddy said on September 7, 8 and 9 the cases would be booked in all 1200 police station across the Andhra Pradesh.

He says chief minister Naidu not only failed miserably in bargaining for the special category status to the Andhra Pradesh which was the commitment of union government.

“For union government the party in power is immaterial. Party can come and go. But the administration continues forever. For this we have a permanent bureaucracy. The UPA cabinet approved the special category status on March 2, 2014 itself. The proposal was even sent to planning commission. When the planning Commission was studying the issue, NDA government had scrapped it. Now Arun Jaitley says the matter had not had planning commission clearance. If Modi feels he can announce the special category status in minutes,” Rahuvira said.

According to Raghuvira, Naidu is feeling shy of raising the UPA cabinet decision to buttress his defense for special status because the credit goes to Congress government.

“The whole issue is nothing but blatant cheating of people by state and central governments. It’s sheer political bankrutcy on the part of TDP and BJP leadership. We want to drag them to the court on behalf of people of Andhra Pradesh,” the PCC president said in Madakasira, Anantapur district.

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