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Jagan Govt begins pamphlet war against government employees

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Unlike the earlier governments, which believed in negotiations and cajoling to deal with the government employees, YS Jagan government is adopting a clear-cut policy of confrontation. YS Jagan is said to have asked his MLAs and Ministers to go to the people and explain the government stand vis-a-vis employees salaries. He is said to have told them to “expose the lies” of the employees unions.

A pamphlet war has begun in AP with the YSRCP workers, activists and the village volunteers going from house to house to distribute pamphlets. The pamphlets explain how the salaries of the employees have gone up. They also explain how welfare schemes have to be cut if the demands of the employees are to be met with.

Similarly, the YSRCP is also using social media in a big way. A massive campaign has been launched on whatsapp, facebook and YouTube to portray the employees as bribe-takers. The pamphlets also question the government teachers, who absent themselves from the duty, for getting involved in real estate dealings. Do they need a pay hike, the party has questioned through the pamphlets.

Jagan government appears to be well prepared to take on the employees through a campaign blitzkrieg. The idea appears to be to push the government employees into defense. The YSRCP has successfully used the same strategy on the film industry on the question of ticket fares and on the Amaravati farmers. Now the same strategy is sought to be used against the government employees

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Jagan earns ‘sincere CM’ tag from PM Modi!

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Like a sincere student who attends classes regularly and promptly and listens to their masters carefully, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy appears to have earned the tag of a “Sincere CM” from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

PM Modi on Saturday (today) convened a video conference with CMs of all States to review the implementation of central government’s schemes in aspirational districts, which are also called backward districts in the country.

Not even CMs of five states attended the PM’s video conference.

Only four CMs attended the video conference of whom one is Jagan. The others are CMs of Karnataka, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. While Karnataka and Gujarat CMs were from PM’s own party BJP, Chhattisgarh CM was from Congress.

The BJP is in power in more than 20 states but just two BJP CMs attended.

Modi too reportedly surprised to see Jagan attending all his video conferences promptly. Modi even praised Jagan for attending the meeting held on the weekend, which is generally a holiday and Modi said it shows the interest CM Jagan has towards the development of backward districts in his state AP.

Modi praised Jagan as other Telugu CM KCR from Telangana is skipping all the video conferences held by PM. KCR skipped PM’s video conference on Covid on January 13 and also videoconference held by PM on Saturday. KCR asked Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to attend the PM’s meetings on his behalf. Jagan attended all the video conferences of PM without fail.

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Jagan targets builders with penalty notices!

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The YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh headed by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, which is on a spree on issuing notices asking people to pay Rs 10,000 for OTS (one time settlement scheme) to regularise houses sanctioned to people by previous governments three decades ago, issuing notices to poor who failed to construct houses on plots distributed by YSRCP government, asking people to pay garbage tax, issuing notices to owners of residential and commercial buildings to pay higher property tax etc, is now eyeing builders across the state constructing apartments and residential projects.

The government is issuing notices to builders asking them to pay 5 per cent of the total project cost as penalty for defaulting on filing quarterly returns on the progress of their projects as mandated under AP RERA Act.

Builders who construct eight or more flats in the apartment and builders constructing apartments or residential projects in plots measuring more than 500 sq.yards come under the purview of AP RERA Act.

They have to register their projects with AP RERA and file quarterly returns in online mode disclosing the progress of their projects. However, several builders failed to file online returns due to Covid conditions and other reasons since last year.

Such builders are now receiving notices from the state government asking them to pay a penalty in lakhs of rupees. Builders who are already under deep financial losses due to realty slump in AP following Covid conditions and YSRCP government’s decision on three capitals and other issues, are shocked to receive notices asking them to pay a penalty in lakhs of rupees.

A builder who is constructing an apartment at a cost of Rs 10 crore has to pay a penalty of Rs 50 lakh for failing to file returns. Builders say they will not earn even Rs 50 lakh profit after construction of apartment and sale of all the flats and question how they can pay Rs 50 lakh penalty to state government.

Out of 1,800 projects registered with AP RERA, only 800 builders filed returns. The government issued notices to the remaining 1,000 builders to pay penalties.

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OTS exposes Jagan’s declining popularity graph!

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The OTS scheme (one time settlement scheme) launched by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has exposed how Jagan’s popularity is falling drastically among the people in the state. Not just popularity, it exposed people’s lack of confidence in Jagan’s words and actions.

Jagan launched the OTS scheme on December 8 with an aim to earn revenues of Rs 4,000 crore for the state government by regularising houses of poor. However, Jagan officially launched the scheme again on December 21 in West Godavari district by handing over registration papers to beneficiaries.

OTS scheme faced the wrath of people across the state who refused to pay Rs 10,000 for registration papers for their houses in which they are living since 1980s and allotted by previous governments.

OTS scheme received some response before Jagan handed over registration papers. People paid Rs 200 crore prior to Jagan handing over registration papers to people to launch the scheme. After Jagan handed over registration papers, people paid not even Rs 100 crore in the last 20 days.

Officials hoped that after Jagan handed over registration papers, people would make a beeline to apply for OTS and get registration papers. Let alone increase in rush, the previous rush of applications also came down after Jagan’s programme in West Godavari.

This showed how people lost faith in Jagan and also how Jagan’s popularity is falling drastically.

There is no response to OTS in any district. Officials now expect that it is difficult to earn even Rs 500 crore through OTS against the target of Rs 4,000 crore.

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Treasury employees defy Jagan’s orders, refuse to process salary bills

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The treasury department employees in Andhra Pradesh refuse to process salary bills of state government employees and teachers.

Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy directed treasuries department to process salary bills as per new PRC scales announced by him with a fitment of 23 per cent (hike on basic pay).

However, state government employees and teachers went on agitation programmes across the state against lower PRC fitment and cuts imposed in HRA and other allowances arguing that they will receive lower salaries as per new PRC scales than what they are drawing now.

Jagan took these agitations lightly and ordered the treasury department to process salary bills for this month January as per new PRC scales payable from February first week.

But, treasury officials refused to process salary bills in support of striking employees. They said they too will get lower salaries like other employees as per new PRC scales and they will not process salary bills.

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TRS Ex-MP meets Jagan, what’s up?

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Former Khammam Lok Sabha member Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy met YSRCP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy in Vijayawada on Thursday.

Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy was elected as MP from Khammam Lok Sabha seat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls on YSRCP ticket. However, he subsequently joined TRS in May 2016 after Jagan decided to close party in Telangana to focus on Andhra politics. It is widely believed in political circles that Srinivas Reddy joined TRS on the advice of Jagan.

However, TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao sidelined Ponguleti after joining TRS. He was not given TRS ticket to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Instead, KCR gave Khammam Lok Sabha ticket to Nama Nageshwar Rao, who joined from TDP just before 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

KCR promised Rajya Sabha ticket to Ponguleti later. It was not fulfilled. KCR later promised MLC ticket to Ponguleti which too was not fulfilled. With this Ponguleti is angry at KCR and staying away from party activities.

Against this backdrop, Ponguleti meeting Jagan fuelled political speculations. Rumours are rife that Ponguleti requested Jagan to revive YSRCP in Telangana and he is ready to contest on YSRCP ticket again from Khammam Lok Sabha seat in 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

But since Jagan’s sister Sharmila already launched her political party in Telangana with the name YSRTP, it remains to be seen whether Jagan agrees to launch YSRCP in Telangana.

Amid reports that Sharmila is planning to launch her party in AP anytime and if that happens, Jagan may also think of launching YSRCP in Telangana in future.

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Andhra CM roots for ‘One district, One airport’ concept

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that the ‘one district-one airport’ concept is good, and instructed officials to expedite the works on Bhogapuram and Dagadarthi airports in Vizianagaram and Nellore districts.

At the review meeting on ports and airports held on Thursday, the chief minister instructed the officials to plan such that that all airports in the state are identical.

“Efforts should be made for developing the basic infrastructure for the airports, and the runways should be developed to allow even Boeing airplanes to land,” he said while telling the officials to put special focus on the development and expansion works on the existing six airports in the state along with the two new airports.

The chief minister said that special focus should be laid on the expansion works of Gannavaram airport catering to Vijayawada and Amaravati, keeping in view the growing traffic.

The officials appraised the chief minister of the work in progress at Tirupati, Kadapa, Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Kurnool airports.

The chief minister also told the officials to take up on a priority basis the construction works of nine fishing harbours and three ports. Work on Bhavanapadu and Ramayapatnam ports will begin soon, the chief minister was informed by officials.

Works taken up on four fishing harbours in the first phase will be completed by October, the officials said. Of the nine fishing harbours, Uppada (East Godavari), Nizampatnam (Guntur), Machilipatnam (Krishna), and Juvvalpalem (Nellore) will be completed in the first phase, officials said.

Remaining five harbours will be taken in the second phase and will be completed in the specified timeline and tenders are to be finalized soon, officials said.

In the second phase, harbours will be coming up at Budagatlapalem (Srikakulam district), Pudimadaka (Visakhapatnam), Biyyaputhippa (West Godavari), Odarevu (Prakasam) and Kothapatnam (Prakasam).

Industries minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy, chief secretary Sameer Sharma, and other officials were present at the review meeting.

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Why did Kaikala Satyanarayana write an open letter to YS Jagan?

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Even such normal actions as thanks-giving can raise suspicions if the timing of the action is wrong. That is exactly what is happening to the thanks-giving letter that veteran actor and former MP Kaikala Satyanarayana has sent to AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Kaikala, who was seriously ill and was in the ICU for quite some time, has thanked YS Jagan for all the help he did and the concern he showed.

In fact, when Kaikala was hospitalized, Jagan personally spoke to him and provided financial assistance, everyone praised him for his care and concern. Kaikala was later discharged and he is currently recuperating. But in the meanwhile, the film theatre and ticket pricing issues cropped up and the film industry was at loggerheads with AP CM.

In order to appear to be doing something to end the standoff, the Jagan government first invited RGV and followed it up with an invitation to Chiru. Both have failed to achieve nothing. But there is a strong buzz that Chiru was offered a Rajya Sabha seat by YS Jagan. Even as the standoff is on, Kaikala has suddenly written this open letter thanking Jagan. The letter went viral within minutes on social media.

Kaikala left the hospital a month ago. He could have thanked soon after coming out of the hospital. But why now? He could have called up Jagan and thanked him, but he chose to write an open letter. Sources say that this is part of YSRCP’s PR plan at a time when the film industry issue is on. Sources say Kaikala and Chiru are quite close and that it is not unlikely that he was doing the bidding of Chiru. Isn’t it a pity that even senior actors are giving in to the Government’s PR exercise?

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KCR gives counter to Jagan: Sanctions 3 DAs to TS employees

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At a time when Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is resorting to salary cuts and allowance cuts for government employees and pensioners in AP, the Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao has sanctioned three pending DAs at a time.

KCR issued orders on Wednesday (today) sanctioning three DAs pending from January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021.

Moreover, the DA has been increased from 7.28 per cent of basic pay to 17.29 per cent with monetary benefit from July 1, 2021 for employees and
pensioners.

The new DA will be paid from July 1, 2021 and all the previous DA arrears will be credited in the GPF accounts of employees and pensioners.

The Telangana government employees and pensioners are already drawing higher salaries over AP government employees since bifurcation of state in 2014.

KCR gave 30 per cent fitment to employees and pensioners from April 1, 2020 while Jagan gave just 23 per cent fitment.

But Jagan imposed drastic cuts in HRA and other allowances of employees and pensioners which resulted in AP government and employees getting a net fitment of just 14 per cent.

KCR did not impose any cuts in HRA or other allowances. With this, Telangana employees are considering themselves as luckier for working under Telangana government and expressing pity over their AP counterparts who are on agitation path demanding abolition of 23 per cent fitment and implement at least 27 per cent IR.

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Are Jagan’s MLAs going the way of Chandrababu’s MLAs?

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Is Jagan making the same mistake that Chandrababu Naidu has committed during the 2014-2019 period? Has he changed his mind on the issue of reining in the MLAs, especially the first-time MLAs? Has he decided to allow the MLAs to have a ‘free hand’ in their constituencies? Yes , say those in the know.

Soon after coming to power in 2014, Chandrababu gave a free hand to his MLAs. The MLAs began interfering in everything from choosing the beneficiaries to granting of the welfare schemes. They literally dominated the constituency. Soon, they were given to corrupt ways and became hugely unpopular in their constituencies. This led to the massive defeat of the party in 2019 elections.

Learning from it, Jagan had a tight-fisted control over hs MLAs. He ensured that everything passed through his hands and left the MLAs with no real power. At the village level, the village secretaries became very powerful. The MLAs had nothing to do. This continued for two years. Now, it appears that YS Jagan is slowly but surely allowing the MLAs a free hand.

Like the TDP MLAs, the YSRCP MLAs too are reportedly fast emerging as extortionists. The recent Casino organised in Gudivada is one such glaring example. The Casino was organised in the convention centre owned by Nani. But, the Government did not act upon it even when it became a state-wide news. The lewd dances and unbridled betting have become the talk of the town. Similarly, there are allegations that night curfew in AP was delayed by few days to enable the film produced by a minister’s brother have a free run.

Thus doubts are emerging as to whether Jagan’s MLAs too are going the way of Chandrababu’s MLAs. All these are making the YSRCP MLAs unpopular in their respective constituencies. This could prove too costly for YS Jagan as it had proved too costly for Chandrababu.

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Did Jagan impose ‘financial emergency’ in AP on his own?

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The huge cut in salaries and allowances of state government employees in Andhra Pradesh led to speculations that Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has imposed ‘financial emergency’ on his own before the Central government acts on this issue.

Normally, the central government has the power to impose ‘financial emergency’ in the country or any state, if the financial situation goes out of control under Article 360 of the Constitution. The first step that the Centre takes after imposing financial emergency is that it cuts the salaries and allowance of government employees to bring down expenditure.

After Jagan became CM of AP in May 2019, the financial condition of AP turned from bad to worse. With an eye of ‘vote bank politics’ Jagan resorted to cash dole out schemes in the name of “Navaratnalu” with focussing on development of state and without improving revenue earnings of the state through job creation, new industries and other projects.

The finances of AP have dried up completely under the Jagan regime which is now struggling to pay even salaries and pensions for employees.

Jagan recently announced new PRC scales for government employees with 23% fitment. This should lead to an increase in basic pay by 23 per cent. But the salaries of employees came down over previous PRC scales as Jagan imposed drastic cuts in HRA and other allowances of employees.

Jagans cuts led to state government employees losing Rs 750 crore per year.

This gave clear indications that Jagan imposed financial emergency on his own and cut salaries of employees after realising that Centre is bound to impose financial emergency in AP due to financial crisis.

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Is this Jagan’s real plan behind banning “Chintamani”

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The AP Government has suddenly banned the hugely popular, yet highly controversial drama “Chintamani” claiming it was insulting the Vysya community. The drama has been there for a century and the demand for its ban is almost 10-year-old. But, why did Jagan Mohan Reddy ban it just now? What are the politics behind the ban?

In the recent past, there have been at least two incidents where Jagan’s party has insulted the Vysya community. Both the incidents left a bad taste in the mouth of the community and there has been a general buzz against YS Jagan and his party. In the first instance, YS Jagan did not personally call on the family member of former CM K Rosaiah. After all, Rosaiah is the tallest and the most respected Vysya leader. Soon after, his own party man Subba Rao Gupta, a Vysya, was brutally attacked in Prakasam district. Both these incidents have alienated the Vysya Community across the state.

Vysyas, though small in number, are quite influential in constituencies like Nandyal, Adoni, Proddatur, Kurnool, Vijayawada West, Guntur Old city and other such places. With the elections in 2024 promising to be close contests, Jagan cannot afford to alienate any community. He realizes that Vysyas could tilt the scales in at least 10 to 15 assembly constituencies.

Leaders like Vellampalli Srinivas, who come from the Vysya community reportedly briefed YS Jagan about the rumblings within the community. An alarmed Jagan chose the long-pending demand to ban “Chintamani” where the Vysyas are lampooned. The ban is a useless one as theater is already dead in AP and the drama has not been in circulation in years. By banning a non-existing thing, Jagan is reaping the publicity benefits and is ending up as a ‘protector” of Vysya honour.

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Bangarraju Successmeet: Nag thanks YS Jagan

Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya starter Bangarraju released during the Sankranthi season and the film reported massive numbers all over during the holiday weekend. A grand success meet of the film took place last night in Rajahmundry and AP Minister Kurasala Kanna Babu along with Rajahmundry MP Margani Bharat attended the event as Special guests. After the night restrictions and 50 percent occupancy are pushed away from the season, Nagarjuna heaped praises on AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy.

During his speech, Nagarjuna said “I spoke to my close friend Megastar Chiranjeevi who met YS Jagan recently. He said that the good days for the film industry are ahead. Thank you YS Jagan garu” told Nagarjuna. He also thanked his fans for making Bangarraju a blockbuster. There is criticism that the night curfews and 50 percent occupancy rule are postponed for the benefit of Bangarraju as Nag shares a close bonding with YS Jagan. The veteran actor strategically heaped praises on YS Jagan and thanked him during several recent events and made statements that the ticket pricing GO is not a barrier for his film Bangarraju.

Bangarraju is directed by Kalyan Krishna and the film featured Nagarjuna, Naga Chaitanya, Ramya Krishna and Krithi Shetty in the lead roles. Annapurna Studios and Zee Studios jointly produced Bangarraju.

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After ‘reverse tenders’, Jagan becomes famous for ‘reverse salaries’!

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Soon after becoming Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in May 2019, YS Jaganmohan Reddy introduced ‘reverse tendering process’ arguing that it will end corruption in all the contracts awarded by the state government to the contractors. Though the ‘reverse tenders’ has not ended corruption in AP governement’s tenders, Jagan became popular as ‘reverse tenders CM’ in the country.

Now, Jagan is becoming popular as ‘reverse salaries CM’ after he issued two shocking GOs (government orders) on Monday night.

Jagan issued GOs extending 23 per cent fitment (hike on basic pay) to state government employees as promised. However, he shocked employees with his decision to cut HRA (house rent allowance) sharply.

Normally, a pay hike should result in increased salaries for employees. But Jagan’s pay hike resulted in reduction of salaries.

The PRC commission has recommended 14 per cent fitment while the employees demanded over 50 per cent fitment. After several rounds of consultation with employees unions, Jagan fixed 23 per cent and claimed that he gave more than what PRC commission had recommended.

But after seeing GOs, employees realised that they will get only 14 per cent fitment as recommended by PRC commission after taking into consideration the steep reduction in HRA effected by Jagan.

All these days, AP employees were getting salary with 27 per cent fitment. Now they will get 14 per cent fitment.

Employees realised that Jagan gave fitment with one hand and took away with another hand by lowering HRA. They will now have to take ‘reverse salaries’ which means lower salary than what they are drawing till date.

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Jagan afraid that Avinesh Reddy would join BJP: BTech Ravi

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Why is YS Jagan so ardently and steadfastly backing Kadapa MP Avinash Reddy, despite the needle of suspicion in the YS Vivekananda Reddy murder pointing to him? If one wants to believe MLC from Kadapa and TDP leader BTech Ravi, Jagan is protecting his cousin to prevent him from crossing over to the BJP. Shocking but true. In a sensational statement, he said that if the going gets too hot for Avinash Reddy in the case, he is likely to join the BJP to escape from the long arm of the law.

This, according to him, would not only weaken the YSRCP in Kadapa, but also put YS Jagan in the line of fire. BTech Ravi, a traditional rival of the YSRCP in Kadapa, said that he got this information from none other than YSR family members. He said that YS Jagan is alarmed at the leadership crisis that the party could face if Avinash Reddy is arrested.

B Tech Ravi said that it is because of the impending leadership crisis within the YSRCP that is making the party leaders to send feelers to him repeatedly asking him to join the YSRCP. He said that he had got several offers from the YSRCP to leave the TDP and join hands with Jagan.

BTech ravi alleged that the people in Kadapa know the history of Devireddy Shanar Reddy, a close associate of Avinath Reddy. He dared the YSRCP leaders to take a vow in the name of God and say that both Avinash and Shankar Reddy have no role in the murder of Viveknanda Reddy. He said that he would remain steadfast to the TDP and there was no question of his leaving the party.

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KCR follows Jagan’s failed attempts!

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Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao has decided to introduce English Medium in all government schools in Telangana from upcoming academic year 2022-23. The Telangana cabinet which met at Pragathi Bhavan on Monday (today) took a decision to this effect.

However, KCR’s decision triggered speculations over whether he will succeed or not in implementing this initiative. This is because Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy took this decision earlier and faced backlash in courts.

Jagan had to change his decision from compulsory English Medium to optional English Medium following court cases.

KCR also followed another scheme of Jagan which is ‘Nadu Nedu’ to strengthen government schools. KCR named his scheme as ‘Mana Vuru, Mana Badi’ and got it approved in the cabinet today.

It remains to be seen whether KCR succeeds in implementation of two schemes copied from Jagan in Telangana.

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See how Jagan outsmarted employees, Chiru!!

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YS Jagan is fast turning out to be a leader who enjoys outsmarting the people. First, he has outsmarted the government employees and got claps and accolades from them on the issue of PRC. After lustily clapping for him, the employees are now realizing that they were taken for a ride by a sweet-talking YS Jagan.

They now find that there is no hike in salary in actual terms. Hike seen on papers is not getting translated into reality and more shockingly, in some cases, the actual salary has come down. The enigmatic HRA policy has now left employees tying them in knots to decipher what went wrong and how their own leaders were befooled.

Now by inviting Chiru for talks on film industry imbroglio, Jagan has outwitted everyone. Chiru is now forced to explain the whole purpose of the meeting. Why has he gone all alone to meet Jagan? Was there a deal? Why was the industry not kept in the loop? Poor Chiru is now made to explain to everybody who cares. Similarly, the Jana Sena is in trouble to explain Chiru’s dalliance with Jagan. In a veiled disapproval, Jana Sena spokesperson Kunampudi Srinivas has questioned the very need for Chiru to meet Jagan. He said Chiru had played into Jagan’s hands and has left the Kapu voters confused.

In one stroke, Jagan drove a wedge between the film industry and Chiru, between Chiru and Pawan , between Jana Sena and Chiru and among the Kapu community itself. More importantly, the problem of the film industry remains as it was. Without yielding any quarter, Jagan clearly gained a lot of publicity, praise and political advantage.

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Has Jagan offered Rajya Sabha seat to Chiranjeevi?

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Is YS Jagan planning to send Megastar Chiranjeevi to Rajya Sabha on the YSRCP ticket? The rumour mill was abuzz on this all through Thursday. And there were strong reasons for this. It was clear from the beginning that film industry stand-off was not the main agenda. Chiru himself has categorically said that he was meeting Jagan not as “Industry Pedda (elder),” but as “Industry Bidda (son of the Industry).” Thus, he has amply indicated that industry issues are not at the top of the list.

If Chiru is sent to Rajya Sabha, it would affect the Pawan Kalyan-Chandrababu equations. Amid the talk of Chandrababu courting Pawan Kalyan, this would be a political masterstroke and Pawan’s case would become considerably weakened. Jagan can now lay claim to a bigger pie in the Kapu cake. The Kapus would now sail with both Jagan and Pawan and leave Chandrababu in the lurch.

Interestingly, Chiru’s meet comes after days of RGV meeting Cinematography minister Perni Nani. What transpired at this meeting has not been taken up for discussion during the Chiru-Jagan meet. Now, sources say that Jagan could next invite Mohan Babu, who is a close relative of the YS family. Mohan Babu’s son Manchu Vishnu is the president of MAA.

Thus, there is a clear plan to drive a wedge in the Telugu film industry. By creating a pro-Jagan section within the industry, the Jagan government is planning to keep the industry divided. Film industry leaders like Nag and Mahesh Babu too are playing safe. Thus, Jagan will encourage these personalities too against the powerful cabal that is leading the industry.

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Will Jagan govt face ’employees heat’ again after Sankranthi?

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It is now evident that various state government employees unions in Andhra Pradesh are setting in anger at the YSRCP government headed by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy over the issue of new PRC scales.

But they are maintaining their cool and composure only because of upcoming Sankranthi festival on January 15. Sankranthi is considered to be the most favourite festival in Andhra Pradesh and everyone in AP wants to enjoy the festival with family and friends for at least a week for Sankranthi.

Employees unions are already angry at Jagan announcing a meagre 23 per cent fitment (hike on basic pay) but still kept calm after he raised retirement age from 60 years to 62 years although no union demanded for it.

But employees unions are now angry at Jagan government for making moves to cause financial loss to them by reducing HRA (house rent allowance). The unions are not ready to accept this come what may and are preparing to revolt against YSRCP government once Sankranthi ends on January 15.

The unions met AP Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) officials to discuss on HRA issue and came out without achieving anything. The unions said their salaries will come down with the new PRC pay scales if HRA is reduced.

After the meeting, the unions made it clear that they will wait until Sankranthi and decide their future course of action against Jagan government if the CM goes ahead with HRA cut.

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Jagan present, KCR absent from PM’s video conference!

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (today) held a video conference with the Chief Ministers of all States to discuss on Covid situation in the state in the wake of sharp increase in Covid positive cases and Omicron variant across the country for the past one week.

However, Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao skipped the PM’s video conference, while Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy attended promptly. CMs of all the states took part in the meeting.

This triggered speculations over why KCR stayed away from Modi’s meeting. Of late, KCR and his son KTR are attacking the Modi and BJP-led NDA government on all the issues.

KCR even gave a clarion call to people in Telangana and across the country on Thursday to root out Modi government at the Centre for its anti-farmer, anti-people policies, which attracted national headlines in all newspapers and TV channels today.

KCR is also meeting leaders of various political parties and bringing together anti-Modi forces to defeat BJP in 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Against this backdrop, KCR reportedly decided to skip the meeting convened by Modi, held a exactly a day after he appealed to entire nation to root out Modi government.

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