Hyderabad: From the World Bank withdrawing funding for Amaravati capital city project to shutting down the ‘Anna Canteen’ (subsidized meal) scheme, the Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government in Andhra Pradesh (AP) has been slowly undoing everything that has the imprimatur of his predecessor N. Chandrababu Naidu.
After Reddy came to power in May, one of the major developments that took place in the state is World Bank withdrawing its funding of $300 million from the Amaravati project in July.
Since then, the YSRCP government has also terminated contracts for work worth over ₹3,000 crore (in July) of the Polavaram national irrigation project, and undertook re-tendering of the same works.
The current government has maintained that there was corruption during the TDP chief's previous 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. Chandrababu Naidu had announced that he would build Amaravati, but never kept a separate budget for it. This government in its budget (2019-20) has allotted ₹500 crore for Amaravati’s development. We are very committed to it," said Lavu Sri Krishna Devarayalu, YSRCP MP from the Narsaraopet Lok Sabha seat.
Last week, the AP government also launched the ‘Village Secretariat’ scheme, under which 1.26 lakh employees were hired. Under the programme, a total of 11,158 village secretariats and 3,786 ward secretariats came into existence in AP starting 2 October. Each ‘secretariat’ comprises 10 to 12 government officials from different departments who will assist citizens and also ensure that welfare programmes reach everyone.
Devarayalu said that the ‘Janmabhumi Maavooru’, a 10-day programme (used to create awareness of government schemes in the state), was being misused by the previous TDP government, and added that many of the (my birthplace, my village) people in the ‘Janmabhumi’ committees were affiliated to the TDP.
TDP leaders, however said that the current AP government simply wants to do away with anything that has something to do with Chandrababu Naidu. “The way Amaravati has been treated is a very good example. Currently, the farmers from whom land was taken in the capital region are not getting their monthly income, and all developmental works there have also stopped," he alleged.
Political analyst Palwai Raghvendra Reddy however said that it was not uncommon for a new government to replace everything that the previous government had started or undertaken.
“In the case of Jagan, he will complete the Polavaram project, but he will just take his own time. Moreover, how he works or treats each project will be very different," he opined, adding that except for a few welfare programmes started by Naidu, others are still being continued by the current YSRCP government in AP.