The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government in Andhra Pradesh, led by chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, has been slowly undoing everything that has a mark of former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, such as withdrawing its request to the World Bank for funding the Amaravati project and shutting the Anna Canteen subsidized meal scheme.
The World Bank had in July withdrawn $300 million funding for the Amaravati project following a state government’s request after Reddy took over as chief minister in May.
In July the YSRCP government also terminated contracts worth more than ₹3,000 crore for work on the Polavaram national irrigation project and began retendering them.
The state government maintained there was corruption during Naidu’s tenure and that it has brought about a transparent process in the government’s functioning.
“There is a malicious campaign to show the YSRCP government in poor light. Naidu announced he would build Amaravati but did not have a separate budget for it. This government in its budget (2019-20) allotted ₹500 crore for Amaravati’s development. We are very committed to it," said Lavu Sri Krishna Devarayalu, YSRCP MP from Narsaraopet.
Last week, state launched the Village Secretariat scheme, under which 126,000 employees were hired. Under the programme, a total of 11,158 village secretariats and 3,786 ward secretariats were established in the state since 2 October. Each secretariat comprises 10 to 12 government officials from different departments who will assist citizens and also ensure welfare programmes reach everyone.
TDP leaders said the government wants to do away with anything linked to Naidu. “The way Amaravati has been treated is an example.The farmers from whom land was taken in the capital region are not getting monthly income and all developmental work has stopped," Devarayalu said.