Highlights of YS Jagan’s media address 2/2

20 Mar, 2015 12:03 IST|Sakshi
Highlights of YS Jagan’s media address 2/2
  • Every year, successive governments had given input subsidy, but this time the government says it has nothing to do with the input subsidy.

 

  • Every year, the state government gives 45 per cent and the centre gives the remaining 55 per cent of the input subsidy. The state government does not want to spend its share of 45 per cent.
  • The government claimed that Rs 1000 crore was allocated to the Polavaram project. Of this, 750 crore is from the Central government under the AIBP scheme. For Pattiseema was allocated Rs 1600 crore. But, no details were given for the Pattiseema project. So, it is clear that the government wants to divert the Polavaram funds for Pattiseema project.
  • The Government claims to have made adequate allocations for Galreu Nagari and Handri Neeva. But the allocations are paltry and nothing compared to what late YSR had allocated. For instance, Chandrababu had allocated a mere Rs 9 crore for Veligonda in nine years of his rule. YSR had allocated 1700 crore. It needs another 1600 crore. But, the government this time has allocated a mere 160 crore.
  • Same is the case with PUlichintala. Chandrababu never allocated significant amounts for the project. But, YSR made significant allocations and the project was almost completed. But, Chandrababu has allocated a mere Rs 270 crore, of which Rs 160 crore is meant for relief and rehabilitation package. This only means that there are no significant allocations for the actual project work. 
  • The plight of DWCRA women is even worse. This year there are no allocations. Chandrababu projects himself as the savior of the DWCRA women. But, the fact is that the DWCRA women had more confidence on YSR’s regime and the number of DWCRA women has grown during YSR’s regime.
  • 1.88 lakh job vacancies in the state. This was stated by the present government itself. When are the vacancies going to be filed? When will the DSC exams be held? When will the APPSC hold the examinations?
  •   APPSC is yet to come out with his calendar of tests. The students find no hope for them in the coming future.
  • Today, employees are not getting their salaries on time. Jagan gives the example of health assistant Chekka Daveedu Raju, who died while on duty as he could not get salaries for the past 10 months. The government is also oblivious to the plight of several thousands of contract workers. The employees are on warpath now. At least 35000 field assistants and model farmers are in dire straites utterly insecure about their jobs.
  • Even in case of the welfare pensions, the allocations are at least Rs 1100 crore less. In case of the housing, 7.95 lakh houses have been sanctioned, but the work is yet to begin. But the funds for the sanctioned houses have not reached the beneficiaries.
  • The present government has stopped fund supply. 5.60 lakh houses under various stages of construction. But the payments pertaining to these houses have also been stopped. This year, despite all the figure fudging, no new houses are going to be constructed in the house.
  • The allocation for NTR Health Services (formerly Arogya Sri) too is meager. He has told the department that they would be given Rs 500 crore alone. This is highly insufficient. Cochlear implant surgery age has also been brought down.
  • SC-ST sub-plan: The plan expenditure for SC and ST has been usually at least 33 per cent of the total budgetary allocations.
  • Today, employees are not getting their salaries on time. Jagan gives the example of health assistant Chekka Daveedu Raju, who died while on duty as he could not get salaries for the past 10 months. The government is also oblivious to the plight of several thousands of contract workers. The employees are on warpath now. At least 35000 field assistants and model farmers are in dire straites utterly insecure about their jobs.
  • Why is only Rs 100 crore given to Kapus, while they were promised Rs 1000 crore. Why are Kapus not being included in the BC category. The handloom weavers were allocated Rs 46 crore while they were promised Rs 1000 crore.
  • CAPITAL CITY: YS Jagan questions that way lands of the farmers are being taken away. He also questioned the size of the plot of the land that will be given to the farmers who lose their lands. The chief minister should not get involved in realty. He should take only those lands that are absolutely necessary for the construction of the capital city buildings.
  • The government could have acquired the 2000 acres of government land in Mangalagiri or the 18000 acres of degraded forest nearly. But, it is taking away the lands of farmers to use them for realty.
  • When the YSRCP comes to power, we will give back the lands if the farmers who had parted with them, want them back. The people are ready to dump Chandrababu Naidu in the next elections.
  • When Chandrababu Naidu speaks against the Centre for not keeping its promises while dividing the states, he does it only with the Telugu media and never to the English press. Chandrababu Naidu has failed in getting the assurances fulfilled. If there is no benefit of the TDP ministers being part of the Central government, why aren’t they coming out of it? As per Section 91 there are incentives for Polavaram, as per section 94, there are several other incentives to be given. What is the government doing to get those assurances fulfilled? Why is the government not taking an all-party delegation to Delhi to force the Centre to fulfill its promises?
  • Petrol and diesel prices in the state are the highest in India. The taxes levied by the State Government too are very high.
  • GO No 22: This GO issued by Chandrababu Naidu is much the same to the GO No 13 issued by Kiran Kumar Reddy. The GO No 13 was strongly opposed by Chandrababu Naidu himself. The GO No 22 has similar or even worse provisions. On one hand he says the state is cash-strapped, on the other hand he says he would give money to the contractors with retrospective effect. (1.4.2013). Earlier rules prescribed contract price escalation of less than 5 per cent. But Chandrababu has allowed escalation in 60 per cent of the total cost. It also excludes distributary work, which is a boon to the contractors. For the excluded work, new tenders have to be called for. Earlier, for any extra work other than the prescribed work, EPC code was being followed. In the current work, extra billing would be made for any extra work. This is nothing but benefiting contractors.
  • Chandrababu Naidu spent huge amount even for holding Yoga training for Ministers and officials, when there are many people who are ready to impart training for free. For repairs to his temporary house, huge amounts were spent. Chandrababu is not ready to give input subsidy with retrospective effect, but contractors get their amounts with retrospective effect. Rs 100 crore have been given for various consultancies
  • His rule is a photo copy of his earlier rule. He is using the same Goebellian methods. Again the employees are getting insecure and the farmers are getting worried. The same revenue deficit is back now. The same hike in RTC, electricity and user charges will be effected.
  • Chandrababu loves crises. There is crisis everywhere. There is cricis in farm sector, among students, employees and all other sectors. Even in case of capital city, the farmers are in crisis. The same problems are coming back to haunt the farmers
  •  The farmers are not getting loans. They are not getting crop insurance. There is minimal hike in minimum support price of paddy. The assets to credit ratio is again in an unfavourable position. This budget benefits no one. This does not benefit the farmers, the DWCRA women, the school and college goers. It does not benefit the unemployed. There is no mention of remuneration for the unemployed
  •   This budget benefits only the contractors.
  • The government should at least listen to the issues being raised by the Opposition. It has been the practice for the Opposition leader to speak for at least two and a half hours on the budget. This time I was denied that opportunity and there were repeated disruptions during my speech.
  • Hence I had to present my speech to the mediapersons.
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