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No employee will be laid off from schools, Anganwadis: Andhra CM

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday assured that not a single employee will be laid off from the schools and Anganwadi centres of the state in the process of implementing the New Education Policy (NEP).

He also assured that no Anganwadi centre will be closed and clarified that the changes to the education system are being implemented after taking these two factors into consideration.

Reddy instructed the officials that two types of schools should be set up. The first one consisting of preparatory classes 1 and 2 should be within a kilometre’s distance from the students. Other schools from Class 3 to Class 10 should be located within a distance of 3 km from the students.

“The main purpose of this policy is to keep the teacher-student ratio rational, as it’s not appropriate to have one teacher for four students or a single teacher for a large number of students. The approach of a single teacher teaching all the subjects is also incorrect,” he said.

According to the Chief Minister, it is important to maintain a balanced teacher-student ratio in the foundation courses, as mental development is essential for children below the age of eight years.

The Chief Minister said the government aims to provide quality education, and called for the state’s education policy to be in sync with the NEP.

Likewise, he said the government is also looking forward to offering quality education in English medium.

Reviewing the Nadu-Nedu scheme, Reddy directed the officials to prepare an action plan to complete the scheme’s work in the Anganwadi centres in two years’ time.

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Jagan’s dilemma: Christian from Centra Andhra or Muslim from Rayalaseema?

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If it was TDP which turned social engineering into its credo for political success in the Telugu states, the YSRCP has taken it to the next level. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has been very careful about fine balancing castes and regions. He has taken extra precautions to ensure that all the major communities in the state are satisfied about their political representation.

He is said to be factoring caste and religious equations in choosing the chairperson and deputy chairperson of the Legislative Council. Now that chairperson and TDP leader MA Sharief has come to an end, Jagan has to choose a new chairperson. Sources say that Jagan is studying all caste equations deeply.

Sources say that the post might go either to a person from the scheduled castes or from the minority community. They say that Jagan is consulting key leaders of the party on this. The choice could be between Moshen Raju of West Godavari and Iqbal of Hindupuram. One is from the Cental Coastal region while the other is from Rayalaseema. The speaker of the assembly Tammineni Sitara is from North Andhra and he is from the BC community.

Insiders say that if Moshen Raju, a Dalit and a Christian is made the chairperson, then Iqbal, a Muslim from Rayalaseema, would be made the deputy chairperson. If it is Iqbal, then Moshen Raju would be his deputy. Who would be the chief and who would be the deputy chairperson would be decided very soon sources say.

Jagan has initially toyed with the idea of completely abrogating the legislative council. But, within a couple of months, his party would secure the majority. So he has dropped the idea of abrogating it. He is now trying to rehabilitate several leaders, who could not be given MLA tickets in 2019 elections.

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Release Rs 4K cr pending dues to farmers: TDP

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday wrote to chief minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, demanding the immediate release of dues to farmers, amounting to as much as Rs 4,000 crore.

“Pending dues to farmers are as much as Rs 4,000 crore. Despite most of the farmers selling their food grains in Godavari, Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts, money hasn’t been credited to them,” wrote Naidu.

According to the TDP chief, pending dues to farmers in East and West Godavari districts alone amount to Rs 2,500 crore.

He said the state government has procured only 27.87 lakh MT of food grains until now, though it had promised to buy 45 lakh MT of food grains.

“Following a series of natural calamities, farmers are severely suffering and the pending dues are further troubling them,” said the southern state’s principal opposition leader.

Naidu alleged that the state government failed to pay crop insurance, release pending dues and buying food grains at minimum support price.

He claimed that during the TDP government, farmers used to get paid within 48 hours and alleged that the ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) government has extended the due date to 21 days.

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Jagan ignoring filmi folks who backed during tough times?

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Supporting YSRCP before 2019 was fraught with risks. In an industry dominated by powerful families, owning up and fighting for YSRCP is not an easy task. Even after Jagan’s victory in 2019 elections, it took a long time for the industry biggies to reconcile.

Several film personalities who have sided with Jagan while he was in the Opposition are still to get their due. They have not been suitably rewarded. While Pruthvi was made the SVBC chairperson, he floundered the golden opportunity. Vijayachander was given the post of film development corporation post. Roja, another film actress and TV personality, was given the AP Industrial Infrastructure Board chairperson’s post.

But, several film personalities are left behind. For instance, the Manchu family, which marital relation with the YS family has been waiting for some nominated post. Ditto with Jeevitha Rajasekhar. Similarly, writer-actor Posani Krishna Murali was a very vocal supporter of YS Jagan. He swam against the tide and backed YS Jagan like there’s no tomorrow. But, he is yet to get rewarded by YS Jagan. As a result, he has largely fallen silent.

One actor who defied the trend and swam against the current was comedian Ali. He too has not been suitably rewarded. Sources say that Ali is eyeing an MLC post or chairperson of some minority body. He had met key leaders of the YSRCP but to no avail. Party sources say that at least Posani and Ali should be rewarded for their efforts to promote the YSRCP. But, posts still seem to be a distant dream for them.

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Andhra CM unveils annual credit plan outlay of Rs 2.8L cr

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday unveiled the state’s annual credit plan outlay of Rs 2.83 lakh crore during the 215th state level bankers’ committee (SLBC) meeting.

Out of the total credit plan, 54 per cent will be channeled into the agriculture sector with a target to disburse loans worth Rs 1.48 lakh crore. The state plans to provide Rs 2.13 lakh crore as loans to the primary sector.

Despite the imposition of curfew in view of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Reddy said Andhra Pradesh crossed the stipulated target of loan disbursement and noted that 105 per cent of the target was achieved in priority sectors, including 114 per cent in agriculture sector.

Thanking the role of banks in achieving this growth rate, Reddy said, “They have exceeded the stipulated targets in loan disbursement.”

Meanwhile, Union Bank Chief Executive and Managing Director Raj Kiran Roy said the southern state has emerged as one of the top performing states in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2020, according to the rankings released by Niti Aayog.

“Banks should focus on supporting tenant farmers and providing services in RBKs,” said Roy, highlighting that for a target of Rs 1.87 lakh crore for the primary sector, Rs 1.96 lakh crore worth loans were disbursed.

Roy said the target for the agriculture sector was Rs 1.28 lakh crore while Rs 1.46 lakh crore loans were sanctioned.

Similarly, the MSME sector received loans worth Rs 40,312 crore, exceeding the target of Rs 39,600 crore, while the non-priority sector received Rs 60,652 crore worth loans compared to a target of Rs 60,050 crore.

The Union Bank chief also requested Reddy to prioritise vaccinating bank employees.

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Jagan finally secures Governor’s nod to nominate 4 MLCs!

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday met Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan at Raj Bhavan.

The CM recommended names of four candidates for MLC posts to be nominated for AP Legislative Council under Governor’s quota for his approval.

The Governor approved the names recommended by Jagan.

Jagan nominated YSRCP leaders Lella Appi Reddy (Guntur), Thota Trimurthulu (East Godavari), Moshen Raju (West Godavari) and Ramesh Yadav (Kadapa).

Surprisingly, the file nominating these four leaders was sent to Raj Bhavan four days ago by CM for approval. But the governor put this file on hold.

With this, Jagan himself went to Raj Bhavan on Monday to pursue the issue with Governor. The Governor is learnt to have sought some clarifications on this issue and CM is learnt to have clarified them.

The Governor was satisfied with Jagan’s clarification and approved the nomination of four MLCs.

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Is Jagan grooming young politicos for 2024?

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Is the AP Chief Minister planning to have a young team for the 2024 elections? Is he trying to replace the old guard with the new guard so that he can have a free hand? Does he want a young team to gain complete control over the YSRCP and the government?

Look at the youngsters who are now being promoted in the party. Most of the senior politicians are slowly but surely grooming their children so that they would become the party candidates in the coming elections. Key minister in Jagan’s cabinet Botsa Satyanarayana is grooming his son Dr Sandip. His birthday was recently held and it became a launching pad politically. Ditto with Dharmana Krishna Das. This minister from North Andhra is promoting his son Krishna Chaitanya.

Another leader, who is actively promoting his son is Bandar MLA and minister Perni Nani. Nani’s son Kittu is already well-known to the party cadre in the constituency. He is known for micro-managing Nani’s affairs. Minister Jayaram’s son Eswar is being groomed in Aluru constituency. Srikalahasti MLA Biyypu Madhusudhana Reddy’s daughter Pavitha too is quite active in politics. She is involved in service activities in a big way. Currently, she is involved in Covid relief activities.

Kaikaluru MLA Doolam Nageswara Rao’s son Vinay and Ramachandrapuram MLA Thota Trimurtulu’s son Pruthviraj, former MLA Visweswar Reddy’s son Pranav Reddy are also being actively groomed. An interesting feature about the batch of the upcoming young leaders is that they are tech savvy and are active on social media. This will be of great help in the coming days when the elections are bound to be tech-driven.

For Jagan, this new team would be more easily manageable and he would emerge as the unquestioned king both in governance and in politics.

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Andhra CM requests Centre to stop Vizag steel plant sale

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy met Union Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on the second day of his Delhi tour on Friday and requested him to stop the sale of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP).

Reddy appealed to Pradhan to consider the alternatives suggested by the state government earlier to revive the steel plant.

“Thirty two people have laid down their lives to set up the plant in Visakhapatnam where nearly 20,000 people are employed and thousands more are having indirect employment,” he said, emphasising the importance of the steel plant to the southern state.

According to Jagan Mohan Reddy, the VSP performed well between 2002 and 2015 raking in good profits but went through a rough patch after taking loans to expand, compounded by a slump in the international market.

“The organisation fell into debt with increasing operational costs and lack of own mines,” he said, highlighting that the plant is currently buying iron ore from NMDC Bailadila mines at a market price of Rs 5,260 per metric tonne (MT) of steel.

The Chief Minister said many of its competitors have captive mines for more than 60 per cent of their requirement and buy only the rest from NMDC while Steel Authority Of India Limited (SAIL) has its own captive mines with reserves of iron ore sufficient for another 200 years.

“This excess cost of iron ore has cost implications of more than Rs 3,472 crore for the plant and it is essential to have an allotment of captive mines in order to overcome the cost disadvantage,” said Reddy asking for the allotment of captive mines in Odisha which will help in reviving VSP.

The VSP is burdened with a debt of Rs 22,000 crore which is being repaid at a high interest rate of 14 per cent, prompting Reddy to suggest converting these loans into equity and listing the entity on the stock exchange.

Reddy said that these steps and monetising VSP’s 19,700 acre of land during this crisis would help in saving the steel plant.

The Chief Minister told Dharmendra Pradhan that the steel plant did yeoman service during the second wave of coronavirus by supplying more than 7,000 MT of oxygen, saving precious lives.

Similarly, he asked for reducing the viability gap funding (VGF) of Rs 975 crore per year from the state for the Kakinada Petro Complex promised as part of united Andhra Pradesh bifurcation.

Reddy said the detailed project reports (DPR) have been prepared for the special economic zone project by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and GAIL for the petro complex of 1 million metric ton at a cost of Rs 32,900 crore.

He informed Pradhan that members for the working group on behalf of the state government for the project have already been nominated and asked the Centre to issue immediate directions to start the project.

Reacting to the Chief Minister’s requests, Pradhan said the petro complex will definitely be set up in Andhra Pradesh.

He told Reddy that a meeting will be scheduled next week with the Chief Secretary and other petroleum department officials to finalise the procedures.

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Special Status necessary for Atmanirbhar Andhra: Jagan

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and emphasised on the importance to accord the ‘Special Category Status’ to the state for it to become ‘Atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) and systematically stronger.

Reddy on Thursday said special status, a bifurcation promise reneged on by the central government, would entitle the majorly agrarian state to more Central grants, resulting in proportional reduction of the financial burden on Andhra Pradesh.

The Chief Minister highlighted that special status will facilitate the creation of jobs on the back of new industries and also help attain financial self-reliance, propelled by an enhanced tax base.

He urged the Home Minister to sanction financial assistance for 13 medical colleges and informed him that Rs 3,299 crore subsidy for PDS rice is yet to be released by the Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies for the state.

Reddy appealed to Shah to release the pending dues of Rs 4,653 crore and enhance the annual person days of work per family from 100 days to 150 days by the Ministry of Rural Development.

Besides, the CM asked him to release the pending dues of Rs 530 crore towards rural local bodies grants from the 14th Finance Commission, including Rs 497 crore for the financial year 2020 – 21 pertaining to the 15th Finance Commission.

Reddy also asked for support to rejuvenate and make the state power sector more robust by surrendering costly thermal power allocation of Kudgi & Valluru (M/s NTECL) plants, supporting Telangana Discoms under Atmanirbar programme by extending conditional loans and restructuring debts.

Incidentally, AP power utilities are burdened with outstanding high cost debts of Rs 50,000 crore. In view of these debts, Reddy requested for appropriately restructuring them, including providing financial assistance for a reverse pumped storage project in Upper Sileru.

The Chief Minister asked Shah to give assent to AP Disha Bills encompassing Criminal Law (AP Amendment) Bill, 2019, Andhra Pradesh Disha (Special Courts for Specified Offences against Women and Children) Bill, 2020 and Andhra Pradesh Land Titling Authority Bill 2020.

Reddy also urged the Home Minister to establish a Central Tribal University within the tribal sub plan area.

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Jagan garnered Rs 34K cr investment, employed 1.3L in 2 yrs: YSRCP

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Senior YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leader and Member of Parliament V. Vijayasai Reddy on Thursday said the Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government accords equal importance to welfare and development.

“Reddy-led state government gives equal importance to welfare as well as development. After coming to power in the past two years, investments worth Rs 34,000 crore have been garnered, leading to the employment of 1.3 lakh people,” said Reddy.

Citing the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), the MP said AP got better investments than the neighbouring states.

According to DPIIT’s statistics, the YSRCP leader claimed that the southern state received investments worth Rs 40,000 crore under N. Chandrababu Naidu’s five-year rule, compared to Rs 30,000 crore investments in Jagan’s two-years alone.

“Under Jagan Mohan Reddy’s leadership, the state won Niti Aayog’s accolades on various fronts,” he noted.

Meanwhile, he took a jibe at Naidu that he doesn’t talk about the ‘vote for notes’ scam but always used to claim that he gave everything such as toilet, tumbler, plate and others.

“Few leaders still hanging in with Naidu are his partners in crime, from backstabbing NTR (N. T. Rama Rao) to cheating, betraying and looting people,” alleged Reddy, commenting on Naidu’s close circle of associates.

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Are Jagan’s friends worse than his enemies?

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Seems some of YS Jagan’s best supporters are bent on ruining his image and YS Jagan is not worried about it at all. Ministers, MLAs and ordinary workers alike are doing everything they can to tarnish his image.

Take for instance the demolition of the school for the hearing and speech impaired. This school was on a land leased by the Greater Vizag Municipal Corporation (GVMC). Around 180 students are studying in this school. There is lot of goodwill for the work the school is doing in the locality.

Recently, the GVMC suddenly demolished the school claiming that the social activist running the school had built some unauthorised constructions. A notice could have been served or arrangements could have been made to relocate the school, but the GVMC officials simply razed the school to ground. This has actually proved counterproductive.

Similarly, on the Anandaiah ayurvedic medicine issue too, the YSRCP MLAs and leaders have completely taken over the medicine distribution. The pics of YSRCP leaders are flooding every place. In the whole process, Anandaiah’s photo is missing. He has been pushed to the background. This again is earning bad publicity for the YSRCP and for YS Jagan.

In another similar incident, Minister Mekapati Gowtham Reddy claimed that Rs 30000 crore worth of investments have come to AP after Jagan became the CM. The list he furnished to support his claim included all the investments that came during Chandrababu Naidu regime. Many of them like Kia Motors have already started production.

With such friends, does Jagan need enemies?

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Filling nominated posts: How will Jagan play the juggler?

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Great confusion prevails over the nominated posts in Andhra Pradesh. Soon after coming to power, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has appointed several trusted leaders as chairpersons of these corporations. While YV Subba Reddy was appointed TTD chairperson, MLA Roja was given chairpersonship of APIIC. Similarly, chairpersons were appointed to various corporations like Brahmin Corporation, Kapu Corporation etc.

Soon after their appointment, Covid struck and the government departments and corporations alike were completely paralyzed. No business could be transacted and no steps could be taken up. Even before they could warm their seats, their terms are coming to an end. The terms of several corporations will expired by the end of this month. Other corporations have still some more time to go.

Now the big question is will Jagan Reddy replace these chairpersons who could literally do nothing due to Covid lockdown or will they be given another extension. Some people like YV Subba Reddy would be given key responsibilities in the party. Yet others could be accommodated in the ministry when the next reshuffle takes place. But, for most others, that would be the end of it.

Several senior YSRCP MLAs are a disgruntled lot as they have been denied minister’s posts in the name of caste equations. Several Reddy MLAs have been kept on the sidelines because the quota is full. This is already causing a heart-burn among these leaders. Several three time and four-time MLAs were denied minister’s posts.

How YS Jagan Mohan Reddy does the balancing act remains to be seen. How he fine balances caste, region and religion while appointing the new chairpersons is also to be seen. Let’s wait and watch how Jagan does the juggler’s act.

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Jagan’s meeting with Amit Shah raises political heat!

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy seems to be desperate to meet Union home minister Amit Shah as early as possible.

Jagan tried for his appointment on Monday last but it did not work.

With this, Jagan had cancelled his Delhi trip on Monday.

According to YSRCP sources, Jagan has decided to meet Amit Shah on Thursday (tomorrow).

They say Amit Shah has confirmed his appointment to meet Jagan and for this reason Jagan is rushing to Delhi tomorrow.

Jagan’s meeting with Amit Shah has fuelled speculations that he wants to seek Amit Shah’s help to come to his rescue in bail cancellation case filed against him by YSRCP rebel MP Raghurama Krishnam Raju in the CBI Court, Hyderabad.

The case is pending in the court and expected to come up for hearing next week.

However, YSRCP sources are claiming that Jagan is meeting Amit Shah to seek his help for setting up three capitals for AP at the earliest.

Besides, Jagan wants to seek funds for AP and also the resolution of long pending bifurcation issues.

They say Jagan is also trying to meet union jal shakti minister Shekhawat, defense minister Rajnath Singh etc to take up various issues concerning AP but Opposition parties are spreading rumours that Jagan is meeting them for his bail purpose.

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Andhra disburses Rs 370 cr in interest-free loans to 3.7 lakh vendors

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The Andhra Pradesh government has distributed Rs 370 crore as interest-free loans among 3.75 lakh small business owners and street vendors across the state. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the second phase of the Jagananna Thodu scheme from the Tadepalli Camp office on Tuesday.

The Andhra Pradesh government had introduced the Jagananna Thodu scheme to provide interest-free loans of Rs 10,000 each to street and small vendors in the state.

These vendors who typically require daily working capital in the range of Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 are known to takes loans from moneylenders at exorbitant rates ranging from 3 to 10 per cent per day.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said, “These small vendors most of the time don’t receive financial aid from banks because of the volatility of the market they represent, even if they do manage to secure a loan from other sources they pay exorbitant rates of interest. During my 3,648 km ‘padayatra’ I saw the circumstances these vendors battle with on a daily basis, I’m grateful for this opportunity to change that with this scheme.”

To improve the incomes of such small businessmen and street vendors, including traditional artisans, the state government decided to provide interest free loans worth Rs 10,000 under the Jagananna Thodu scheme. The main objective of the scheme is to free vendors from paying heavy interest on loans taken from private parties and falling into debt.

As per the scheme, the banks provide loans to all eligible members while the government bears the interest costs by reimbursing the interest amount to beneficiaries.

Phase-1 of the scheme was launched in November last year. The scheme is split into two phases, a cumulative of Rs 905 crore has been transferred into the accounts of 9.05 lakh small businessmen and street vendors in both phases.

Under the first phase Rs 535 crore was disbursed by the banks to 5.35 lakh beneficiaries. The interest reimbursement commitment of the Andhra Pradesh government is Rs 29.42 crore for Phase-1 and Rs 20.35 crore for Phase-2 per annum, resulting in a total of Rs 49.77 crores interest incurred and reimbursed.

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Jagan Reddy happy with PM clearing vax uncertainty

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed happiness over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to provide free Covid vaccines to all aged above 18 years.

On Monday, in his address to the nation, the Prime Minister announced that the Centre is taking responsibility of supplying Covid vaccines to all the states, for administering them free of cost to all those who are 18-years-old and above.

Late Monday night, Reddy took to Twitter to welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement. “Vaccination is the only weapon in this battle against Covid-19. Sincere thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for clearing this uncertainty and making vaccination a national agenda of utmost priority. #FreeVaccineForAll,” Reddy tweeted.

Reaching out to his counterparts across the country, the Andhra Pradesh chief minister had on Thursday called for collectively urging the central government “to take charge and responsibility” for the vaccination drive, as was being done earlier.

In a letter addressed to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday, Reddy pointed out that the global tender floated by Andhra Pradesh government, has not received bids. He noted that several other state governments have reported similar experiences.

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Andhra strengthening pediatric system to tackle possible Covid 3rd wave

With experts warning of the possibility of a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that could primarily target children, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is focusing on improving paediatric care facilities at the child health care centres and area hospitals, apart from adding paediatric wards to the teaching colleges of the state.

At a Covid review meeting on Monday, the Chief Minister directed the concerned officials to make necessary arrangements for establishing three new paediatric hospitals in Vizag, Kishna-Guntur and Tirupati.

He also said that at the Assembly constituency level, private hospitals offering paediatric care facilities should be empanelled under the Aarogyasri scheme, so that BPL families have access to these facilities when needed.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh is gradually witnessing a considerable dip in test positivity rate as well as the number of active Covid cases for the past 21 days.

According to official records, the positivity rate was 25.56 per cent on May 16, with actives cases numbering 2,11,554. But as of June 7, the positivity rate and the number of active cases dipped to 10.73 per cent and 1,14,510, respectively.

Similarly, the state’s recovery rate, which went down to 84.32 per cent in May, has recovered to stand at 92.33 per cent as on the June 6.

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Is YS Jagan planning to swap a Reddy with another Reddy?

Though quite young, AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is surely a past-master in the art of maintaining a caste equilibrium. He ensured a caste balance while appointing five deputy CMs. He managed to achieve caste equations while giving ministers’ posts. In the process, he has annoyed several Reddy claimants like Roja, Chevireddy and others, who wanted to become ministers.

Now with the TTD chairperson YV Subba Reddy’s term coming to an end, he is planning to replace him with another Reddy. Subba Reddy, who is also a close relative of Jagan, was asked to stand down in the 2019 elections to make way for Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy the Ongole MP. This was a big sacrifice for the party. So, Jagan suitably rewarded him with the chairperson post of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.

Similarly, former Nellore MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy to opted out of the contest in deference to Jagan’s request. Though his son was made a minister in Jagan’s cabinet, Mekapati is without any post of power. So, with YV Subba Reddy’s term as TTD chief expiring on June 23, YS Jagan is said to be mulling over replacing him with Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy.

So, what about YV Subba Reddy? If grapevine is to be believed, he would soon be inducted into the cabinet. With the term of several MLCs soon coming to an end, he is said to be planning to bring YV Subba Reddy into the Legislative Council and then make him a minister. Thus, a Reddy will replace Reddy and the caste balance would be maintained.

Even in the cabinet expansion, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is likely to maintain the caste equations. For instance, a BC minister would be replaced with a BC candidate and a Vaisya with another Vaisya.

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Jagan postpones Delhi trip as ministers deny appointments!

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s proposed trip to New Delhi on Monday to meet union ministers has been postponed.

Jagan was supposed to leave for Delhi on Monday to meet union home minister Amit Shah, jal shakti minister Shekhawat and few other union ministers.

Accordingly, AP Bhavan officials in New Delhi sought appointment of Amit Shah and few other union ministers.

But union ministers reportedly denied appointment to meet Jagan on Monday citing ‘busy schedule’. They learnt to have told AP officials that they can give appointment for Thursday or Friday.

With this, Jagan reportedly postponed his Delhi trip to Thursday.

Though AP officials claimed that Jagan wants to meet Amit Shah and Shekhawat to seek funds for Polavaram project and resolution of long pending state-bifurcation related issues, it fuelled speculations as meeting comes at a time when a case pertaining to cancellation of bail to YS Jagan is going on in the CBI court, which was filed by YSRCP rebel MP Raghurama Krishna Raju.

The CBI last week filed a counter in the CBI Court leaving the decision to the court to take a decision on whether to cancel or continue the bail to Jagan.

This apart, RRR has lodged several complaints with the Centre on custodial torture by APCID officials last month. Jagan wants to clarify Amit Shah on all these issues.

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Andhra CM comes to aid of doctor battling Covid, to foot Rs 1.5 cr hospital bill

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The Andhra Pradesh government has come to the rescue of a Covid-hit government doctor, who has been battling for life in a Hyderabad hospital and also decided to reimburse his medical bill to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore needed for treatment.

Chief Minister Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday also announced that his government will bear the treatment cost of Bhaskar Rao, a medical official in PHC Karamchedu of Prakasam district, who had tested positive for Covid-19.

Rao’s wife Bhagyalakshmi, Assistant Professor, Radio Diagnosis in Guntur Medical College, had also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Both of them were later admitted to GGH, Guntur on April 30, and were administered Remedesivir provided by the government.

With Rao’s condition worsening, he was shifted to Hyderabad for treatment, where the doctors had advised that he should be put on ECMO (Extra corporeal membrane oxygenation) and lung transplant, but he was unable to bear the expenses of Rs 1.5 crore.

After learning about the situation from Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, the Chief Minister directed officials to ensure that the doctor gets good treatment, with the government bearing the cost for the treatment.

Andhra Pradesh Doctors Association thanked the Chief Minister for his gesture.

Association General Secretary Pidakala Syamsundar said the decision has given assurance to the government doctors in the state and also provided them with the strength to fight against the pandemic.

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Jagan going to Delhi to meet Shah on Monday?

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The political heat is rising in the Telugu States amid reports that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is going to Delhi the day after tomorrow. This time, he is expected to take up the issues relating to the Coronavirus pandemic and the requirements of the AP people.

During the coming visit, Mr. Jagan Reddy is expected to meet with Union Home Minister Amit Shah as well. Only a few days ago, the AP CM sent letters to the Chief Ministers of other States on the need for united efforts for making the Centre take responsibility for vaccination.

Moreover, there are many political developments that have taken place in the last few days. After going to Delhi, rebel MP Raghurama Raju has been going round in wheelchair showing his injuries received in the alleged custodial torture by the AP CID police. Soon, Mr. Raju is going to meet with Amit Shah and then PM Modi as well.

At the same time, the bail cancellation case filed by the rebel MP is going on in the CBI court. Amid these developments, the AP CM’s Delhi visit is generating a lot of political curiosity in the Telugu States.

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