AP Brahmin Corporation Chairman IYR Krishna Rao Sacked

Senior IAS officer IYR Krishna Rao has been sacked from his position as chairman of AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation for anti-TDP Facebook postings.

Amaravati: Senior bureaucrat and chairman of AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation IYR Krishna Rao was summarily sacked on Tuesday morning by AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu.

Rao has been a very sincere IAS officer who worked as collector of Khammam and Nalgonda districts. He was principal secretary of Panchayati Raj department and also financial secretary. Rao was executive officer of TTD where he introduced several reforms. He returned as finance secretary and then he became chief secretary. He is known for his forthright attitude and no-nonsense approach to issues.

Chief Minister Naidu has taken strong objection to Rao’s sharing of social media messages that show him in poor light. There were references to Naidu’s cast and his undemocratic nature.

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Why Did Not TDP Govt. Act Against Those Who Were Involved In Vulgar Posts On IYR?

When TDP took severe action on Inturi Ravi kiran and Ippala Ravindra for ‘objectionable’ social media postings, same action should be seen in case of people who posted nude posters of IYR in social media, questions Brahmin Atma Gaurava Sabha.

Guntur: Brahmani Atma Gaurava Sabha held at Guntur on Sunday came down on TDP for its biased action on people who are against them.

Quoting Inturi Ravi Kiran and Ravindra cases as an example, they questioned why not TDP took action on people who posted nude posts of IYR Krishna Rao in social media, a day after he was sacked as Brahmin Corporation Chairman.
Kona Ragupathi, YSRCP MLA, said that main culprit behind this is TDP MLA Bonda Uma and Brahmins will teach a lesson to him and ruling party in coming elections.

Bonda Uma behaves like a street rowdy and is undoing part from MLA for making inappropriate comments on IYR.

Earlier Senior IAS officer IYR Krishna Rao has been sacked from his position as chairman of AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation for anti-TDP Facebook postings.

The sacking of IYR Krishna Rao is a reflection of intolerance on the part of AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu.

One post that Rao has forwarded was related to YSRC chief Jagan’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The sender of the post was ‘Jagannadha Ratha Chakram’, ostensibly a fictitious name. It questioned BJP state leaders’ ‘conspicuous silence’ on Jagan-Modi meet. The caste of the BJP leaders (read Kamma) was also indirectly mentioned. This drew the ire of the whole community and was said to be the final nail in IYR’s issue.

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Governor Suggests To IYR To Ignore Petty Minded People

The former Chief Secretary and Chairman of AP Brahmin Corporation IYR Krishna Rao who went to the Governor to ventilate his anguish about objectionable comments people are making on social media was reportedly told by the Governor not to care for the comments of petty minded people.

Hyderabad: The removal of former Chief Secretary and Chairman of AP Brahmin Corporation, IYR Krishna Rao for posting objectionable posts in social media has created a sensation. After it came into light that IYR posted negative comments on social media, counter attack on him started in the social media. People started posting objectionable comments criticising him and heckling him. Literally humiliating posts are on the rise. Sources say that IYR is really feeling bad about people damaging his image. In this context, he got an appointment with Governor Narasimhan.

See Also: IYR To Write A Book On Land Acquisition For AP Capital

It is learnt that he asked Governor to take action against those who are posting objectionable posts humiliating him. He also told him that some people are targeting him on social media and sought that legal action be taken against them.

However, sources say that Governor Narasimhan reacted a bit differently. Sources say that he said, who posted such objectionable material might be small  people, why should a person who worked as chief secretary to the government react to them?

See Also: Jagan Demands CBI Enquiry Into Vizag Land Scam

He also said to have asked why IYR is damaging his image by thinking about petty- minded people. Governor has also suggested to him to organise a meeting with intellectuals about the development of Rajaji Institute of Public Administration and International Studies On Development located in Bollaram of Rangareddy district. IYR who was convinced with Governor’s argument came out confidently. Governor is known for rendering sane advice when people with heavy heart seek his guidance.

See Also: Rajiv Gandhi Assassin Pleads For Mercy Killing

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IYR To Write A Book On Land Acquisition For AP Capital

IYR Krishna Rao, who was Chief Secretary to Government of Andhra Pradesh during land acquisition for the capital, announced that he would write a book about it. It may spell trouble to the ruling party.

Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party which sacked former Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao from the position of Chairman, AP Brahmin Corporation,  might be in for trouble. It is a known fact that IYR was removed from his post in a humiliating manner.  This attitude of Naidu towards IYR is creating annoyance amongst his community (Brahmins). They are angry with the way a senior IAS Officer, and a person who worked as a chief secretary, is being treated badly.

See Also: IYR Krishna Rao Ventilates His Agony

If that is one side of the story, the other side is really something serious and threatening the ruling party in AP. IYR announced that he would write a book on land acquisition for the construction of the capital city of AP.  Undoubtedly this would shake the ground under the feet of the ruling party leaders. A leading daily already has published about the capital city land scam. It was described how the TDP leaders occupied land in the capital city area. However, this was denied  by the ruling party and warned that legal action would be taken against the paper.

See Also: Where Will IYR Krishna Rao Go Now?

Meanwhile, it is being said that the paper did not receive any legal notices. In this context, IYR’s announcement that he would write a book came as a shock to the party. IYR was the Chief Secretary when land was being acquired for the capital. Hence, he would know all the loopholes in the process.

See Also: Jagan Demands CBI Enquiry Into Vizag Land Scam

If at all he writes a book, sensational facts would come to light. If the land scam particulars come out and that too from an authentic person like IYR, then TDP will be in real trouble. It is alleged that important persons like Union Minister of State Srujana Chowdari and film star-politician and Rajamundry MP Murali Mohan had purchase huge tracts of land near Amaravati with advanced information about the location of the new capital. There are many skeletons in Amaravati cupboard which are sure to come out tumbling with the details to be highlighted by a person of IYR’s standing.

See Also: Nandyal By-poll: If U Won’t Vote For Me , Don’t Walk On My Roads, Naidu’s Gaffe

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Did Naidu Hit IYR To Give Vent To His Frustration?

Why did Chandrababu Naidu axe IAS officer IYR Krishna Rao? Naidu remained helpless when the TDP leaders were squabbling and leaders showing disrespect to him. Naidu wanted to take an exemplary punitive action against IYR in order to put fear in party leaders.

Hyderabad: Parakala Prabhakar, the Communications Advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh, was right when he said at his Tuesday evening media conference that he and the chief minister have a lot of respect for IYR Krishna Rao, the sacked chairman of AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation. But yet, Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu had to sack the respected IAS officer unceremoniously. Why?

See Also: Naidu’s Action: Fast On IYR, No To JC

To find an answer to this question, one has to consider the bizarre developments in AP recently.  The leaders of the ruling party have no fear of the party chief. They are law unto themselves. There was faction fight between Karanam  Balaram, TDP MLC, and Gottipati Ravi Kumar, MLA who crossed over to TDP after winning Addanki seat on YSRCP ticket. They fought in the open till Balaram had an upper hand and Ravi Kumar walked out of the meeting organised to elect Zilla Parishad chairman. The observers sent by the party chief, ministers Paritala Suneetha and Pattipati Pullarao  were mere spectators. Naidu could not act against any of the two squabbling  leaders of Prakasam district.

See Also: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠GO Date Goes Wrong in Sacking IYR

Earlier, Vijayawada MP Kesineni Nani, MLA Binda Umamaheswara Rao, MLC Buddha Venkanna and some other TDP leaders had intimidated RTA commissioner Balasubrahmanyam. Naidu had made Nani to tender public apology to the officer. But since then, Nani has been talking independent of the party line embarrassing the CM on a number of occasions.  He also disbanded his transport business and got the licences of rival transport company’s vehicles that were registered in Arunachal Pradesh cancelled. Though Nani is running amuck, Naidu is in a helpless condition.

See Also: TDP Men Assault On Transport Commissioner Boomerangs

The land Scam that erupted in Visakhapatnam is the biggest blot on the Government in recent memory. There again was a clash between two ministers, Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Ayyanna Patrudu with the latter addressing media conferences blaming the former for the land deals and corruption. Naidu could not take action on either of the ministers since both are important politicians and the castes they belong to are electorally crucial. People started talking about the growing indiscipline and the inaction on the part of Naidu. A perception has emerged that Naidu is frustrated, helpless and angry. At a particularly  delicate moment when Naidu was fuming with impotent rage, the TDP lobby mounted pressure on him to axe IYR Krishna Rao.

See Also: Where Will IYR Krishna Rao Go Now?

The chief minister wanted to send a strong signal to one and all by acting firmly against IYR who is not a politician and who represents a community which has one percent of the voters and hence electorally unimportant. First, Naidu thought of meeting IYR and counselling him not to continue with the Facebook postings that show his Government in poor light. That is what he would have done in normal condition. The indiscretion by the senior bureaucrat does not call for a greater punishment. But the chief minister is seething with pent-up anger and the conditions are abnormal. He wanted to give an exemplary punishment to IYR so that his party leaders would behave. That was all. He closed his eyes and mind and axed the former bureaucrat.

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Where Will IYR Krishna Rao Go Now?

Former Chief Secretary and senior bureaucrat IYR Krishna Rao is now out of AP Government. His exit leaves a controversy over the style of functioning of the government headed by Naidu. But there is another fact that made the retired IAS officer to distance from the ruling party.
Where Will IYR Krishna Rao Go Now

Vijayawada: Retired IAS officer IYR Krishna Rao’s exit is not just the issue of his postings in social media or his long wait for six months to get the Chief Minister’s interview. It is his ambition to enter politics. He had set his eyes on a safe Assembly Constituency for his political entry in 2019. But, he did not get any positive sign from Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on giving him the Assembly ticket. It is for this reason, he is now out of the government and the days are not so far when he joins the Opposition YSR Congress.

In spite of the fact that IYR has made it very clear in his media conference at Hyderabad press club on Tuesday that he has no political ambition and he does not have the wherewithal to contest in direct elections and win, speculations on his political strategy refuse to go away. See Also: IYR Krishna Rao Ventilates His Agony

Krishna Rao is learned to have set his eyes on the Vijayawada Central Assembly Constituency where his Brahmin community has considerable voting strength. Being in the capital zone, the constituency is very important for any party to win. He is now understood to be dreaming of his political entry form here, where prominent Brahmins have won in the past.

Starting with Ayyadevara Kaleswara Rao in 1962, when the constituency was carved out from the Vijayawada combined constituency, it was held later by T V S Chalapathi Rao from 1967 to 1972 and Dammalapati Rama Rao from 1972 to 1978. With a small break, the constituency again went in favour of Brahmins and was held by film actor Kota Srinivasa Rao of BJP from 1999 to 2004 and then Malladi Vishnu from 2009 to 2014. See Also: Naidu’s Action: Fast On IYR, No To JC

Having served the Indian Administrative Service till retirement, Krishna Rao had set his eyes on working for his community had taken up the AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation in Andhra Pradesh government after bifurcation. In fact, the Chief Minister had created this corporation only on Krishna Rao’s advice and made him the chairman. Now, with ambitious plans to enter politics, like many other bureaucrats, Krishna Rao started looking at the Vijayawada Central Assembly Constituency for the 2019 elections. It is this political plan that had made him differ with Naidu on some issues leading to his exit. See Also: After Ravi Kiran, Its IYR’s Turn To Face Naidu’s Wrath

It is now for Krishna Rao and the YSR Congress to come closure and make their dreams come true. While YSR Congress, in all likelihood, is set to gain Brahmin vote bank from Krishna Rao’s entry, the later is looking at the advantages of realising his dream with the YSR Congress. Krishna Rao is a better face for the YSR Congress to win the Brahmin vote in the next elections. The party which has been trying to rope in former MP Undavalli Arun Kumar for the past three years, is now in a comfortable position with Krishna Rao’s episode.

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IYR Krishna Rao Ventilates His Agony

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, former CS and AP Brahmin Corporation Chairman, IYR Krishna Rao, revealed that the AP CM never gave him time to discuss issues nor asked him for an explanation about his social media posts.

Hyderabad: The following is the statement made by IYR at a media conference at press club in Hyderabad. “They wrote to me offering Chief Information Commissioner post as it is on par with the status of a Supreme Court Judge, but I told them that I’m not interested in it and asked them for the post of Brahmin Corporation Chairman.. This community is really distressed… I can work with passion if you can give me that.. They agreed to it and gave me the post. Today I saw the news that I was removed… If anyone of them or from their office called me and asked me to resign as there is a problem, I would have done it. Even now I’m ready to resign if they ask me; there is no need to remove me. But I’m surprised at the people who are demanding my resignation.

One day, a person called KC Cherukuri.. from Dallas, USA, and said that my posts in Facebook are not good and suggested that it would be better if I resign. I don’t know who that person is. When I said, it is something between me and the government; he made it an issue and said that they are requesting my resignation on behalf civil society. Another person called Bodapati called me from England. He asked me if my posts in Facebook are correct or was it hacked. I told him that I’m answerable to the government and not him. I was very angry. People asked me but the government did not ask me.  But, ETV is running a scroll on  TDP spokesperson’s explanation. It said that Krishna Rao did not try to explain about his posts on Facebook. If they had asked for an explanation, I would have certainly given. I have jotted down all that TDP spokesperson had said and I will certainly give an explanation to them.

The spokesperson said that I behaved as though I am not accountable to CM. But this is not true, because I’ve been trying to meet the CM for the past six months.. But I could not get an appointment. Four times I went to CM peshi and waited for four hours each. Twice I got dharma darsan but twice I did not get. Once I went to a senior officer.. I told him that my ego was badly hurt. I also told him that even then I would try again.  Finally I told his PS that, if he can’t give me an appointment for five minutes, let me fly along with the CM.. There are many issues to discuss. Whatever the reason might be, I could not meet the CM for six months. It is not right to say that I’m not being accountable.

And some people are saying that a person with Cabinet rank should not behave that way. But the fact is that I don’t have a Cabinet Rank. This is wrong publicity. Another allegation is that when meetings are held in constituencies, the news goes to YCP MLAS but not to our MLAs’… I inform the district co-ordinators whenever I call for a meeting. All the coordinators of 13 districts are TDP activists.. If they are only informing YCP MLAs’ and not TDP MLAs’ then there is some serious problem in the party and that should be rectified. It is not fair to blame me for that. My meetings are organised by District Coordinator. He would inform the local MLAs. If they don’t get information how is Krishna Rao responsible? Loans are being given to YCP members only. I totally object it. There will not be party wise beneficiaries, there will only be beneficiaries. Now people are applying for loans online. What is the necessity to allege that loans are given only to YCP members and not others?

Another allegation is that I went to Vizag to campaign for BJP.  There are some 34-40 choultries that were built from Brahmins in 18th and 19th centuries. Of these we proposed to take over Ayyaloorivari satram in Nellore, and another in Guntur.. But it went to Endowments Department. I know that if it goes to CM, it will not get any sanction, because he can’t take proper decision in such issues. I told the minister that if you clear it at your level, it happens otherwise not. He assured and cleared them. Still, the credit is being given to the CM alone. Publicity is made that CM has given those two choultries to Brahmins.  Since, mountains are being created out of molehills, I’m revealing it.

After signing on the files, the minister asked me if I would campaign for them in Vizag.. Since it is an ally to the ruling party i thought there is nothing wrong. Nobody said that I did anything wrong. I’m not interested in participating in direct elections. A lot of people said that I’m becoming a minister. But I said that nobody gave me such offer and even if they give I would refuse. My aim is to run the corporation in right direction. It’s not right to say that i went to campaign because i was not given MLA post.

I’m wondering why such a big campaign is being made against me. Ruling party MPs like Kesineni Nani, JC Diwakar Reddy criticise CM, but did anyone note all of them? But why should someone search my wall and respond to my post? Someone commented on my post that since JC Diwakar Reddy is an MP, Airlines should give him some time. I responded strongly, there will be a protocol officer, generally VIPs arrive half an hour late.. Since he did not arrive during the grace time doors were closed. When I was young, they used to stop the bus for half an hour for Sarpanch. Though our leaders become national leaders, their Sarpanch level behaviour is intact. He was very angry with my answer.

So he dug and brought out some posts that I posted long time ago. He shared them. One of them is about Ravi Kiran who was arrested on April 22. I felt very bad when he was arrested. I did not understand if we are in fascist State or democracy. One should laugh at a political satire or keep quite. If they had asked me why I posted them, I would have explained. But no one asked me. Facebook is meant to express oneself. I shared many posts from Donald Trump to plantains in Srikakulam. I shared a post saying that giving tax subsidy to Gautamiputra Satakarni is not legal. They did not like it. They asked me why I shared a post against government. Even now I say the same. Is it fair to give subsidy to historical movie that has been distorted? Is it not unfair? Bahubali is given extra scenes. I’ve not watched Gautamiputra Satakarni but watched Bahubali.. But it is personal. It is not correct to say that I was against Anil Singhal’s posting as TTD EO. In fact, I shared a post that it is not north, south issue. But there is a tradition of appointing Telugus to this post. Is there any necessity to break this trandition? Why did they do it? These are the posts that I shared.

I don’t believe that the corporation will degenerate as I’m not there. There is a necessity to protect it. If one has to surrender to the political leaders, it is better to get such a person. CM certainly got political mileage out of Brahmin Corporation. There are many issues in government’s governance. Facts are not reaching Andhra people. There are no neutral papers like Vartha and Udayam today. Due to lack of this, truth is not reaching people. It is everyone’s responsibility to take truth to people. I’m ready to speak about it.”

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Parakala Deployed To Demolish IYR

As is his wont AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has prompted advisor Parakala Prabhakar to water down IYR Krishna Rao’s criticism. The wordsmith does his job in his own way.

Hyderabad: Media Advisor Parakala Prabhakar was deployed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister to denounce former Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao the sacked chairman of AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation. Parakala did his best in flaying IYR in his own style. He flatly rejected IYR’s contention that the latter could not get an appointment with the chief minister. He said that IYR had met Naidu three times in recent times. He said when a person is working in a Government he should observe some norms which Krishna Rao has violated. While saying that IYR had worked as an officer of central services for more than thirty years and also as chief secretary of AP, Prabhakar had cut his argument into pieces. He said whatever the comments IYR made on Gautamiputra Satakarni and Baahubali are wholly unnecessary and unwarranted. Nobody has asked him to praise the Government or the ruling party or the chief minister.

Answering questions from media persons, Parakala said IYR has full freedom and liberty to meet CM at any time. He said nobody in the Government objected to IYR meeting Kona Raghupathi, an MLA of Bapatla. The advisor has repudiated all the charges made by IYR while reiterating that he has high respect for the latter.

It is Naidu’s established style to field persons from the same caste to castigate his rivals. He used to ask late Madhava Reddy or Nagam Janardhan Reddy to denounce late YS Rajasekhara Reddy. He uses Kapu leaders to attack Mudragada Padmanabham.

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Naidu’s Action: Fast On IYR, No To JC

AP CM Naidu calculates how much vote bank gets affected before taking any disciplinary action. Silence on MP Diwakar and quick reaction on IYR proves the same.

Amaravati: AP CM Naidu always utters a word “ Wont Tolerate Indiscipline” in the party, but when it comes to action, there will be multiple calculations in Naidu’s mind.

Sacking IYR Kirshna Rao in less than 24 hours after TDP fans put pressure on Naidu shows how calculative he is.

Recently TDP MP Diwakar Reddy created ruckus at Vizag airport by manhandling Indigo airlines staff. The news was highlighted at national level. There was a huge criticism against Diwakar Reddy for his unruly behaviour. Naidu reacted slowly, that too in party’s internal meeting, by saying Diwakar Reddy’s attitude gave party a black mark.

But he did not come out openly against Diwakar Reddy when he was in Andhra. Naidu’s statement too came after Diwakar Reddy flew to Europe leaving all things behind.

Naidu might have some fears that he may lose strong vote bank in Ananthpur District if any disciplinary action is taken against the MP. JC brothers are strong in Tadipathri and a few rural areas in Ananthpur district. This is the main reason for Naidu’s silence on JC.

Same scenario in Vizag land scam. When Ayyanapatrhudu came out openly on Ganta Srinivas Rao and his allegations against the minister are too serious. Naidu neither condemned nor had a word with Ganta. Once again vote bank politics.

When there was an assault by TDP MP and MLA on RTA chief at Vijayawada, Naidu closed the issue without any disciplinary action against them and just by making the TDP leaders say ‘sorry.’

Even on Nandyala by-poll, Naidu calculated ups and down and reacted on Shilpa Mohan Reddy who served the party for many years.

So, there is nothing surprise in sacking IYR without hearing his explanation as IYR belongs to a community which has less vote bank in AP.

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After Ravi Kiran, Its IYR’s Turn To Face Naidu’s Wrath

The sacking of IYR Krishna Rao is a reflection of intolerance on the part of AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu.

Hyderabad: In an unexpected move, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has removed IYR Krishna Rao, Chairman of AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation, for allegedly ‘ forwarding and posting anti-government posts in facebook and other social networking websites’ and making remarks attributing castiest to Naidu and TDP leaders. Rao, a former Chief Secretary, has been in this cabinet-rank post for the past few months. The Chief Minister has not asked Rao for explanation but terminated him ‘unilaterally’ which led to widespread criticism. Rao said he has just forwarded some messages that has reached him.

AP government has recently jailed journalist Inturi Ravi Kiran for allegedly posting anti government items on social media.

One post that Rao has forwarded was related to YSRC chief Jagan’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The sender of the post was ‘Jagannadha Ratha Chakram’, ostensibly a fictitious name. It questioned BJP state leaders’ ‘conspicuous silence’ on Jagan-Modi meet. The caste of the BJP leaders (read Kamma) was also indirectly mentioned. This drew the ire of the whole community and was said to be the final nail in IYR’s issue.

IYR has earlier questioned government’s decision to waive entertainment tax to Balakrishna-starrer Gautami Putra Satakarni. He has also asked why govt granted permission to theatres to screen additional shows of SS Rajamouli’s Bahubali-2.

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Fresh registrations for Brahmin pension scheme

Hyderabad: IYR Krishna Rao, Chairman, AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation, has said that the Kashyapa Scheme for Food and Shelter is being reopened for those who missed it earlier. Over 7,000 beneficiaries, who applied in the first round up to the end of June, are already receiving financial assistance from the corporation. Those who could not apply in the first round, can register their names now under the Kashyapa Scheme from November 1 to 30, Krishna Rao said.

Under the scheme launched in the current financial year, poor and orphan children (up to 14 years age), widows, physically challenged and old people (above 60) are paid a monthly assistance of Rs 1,000. Aged people staying in recognized old-age homes will get Rs 3,000 per month. Brahmins living in Andhra Pradesh, with a family income not above Rs 75,000 per year are eligible to apply. Applicants should not be receiving aid for the same purpose under any other government scheme.

For selection procedure and other details and for registration, visit ABC’s website: www.andhrabrahmin.ap.gov.in. In case of any clarifications, call toll-free No: 1800-102-3579.

–NSS

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Alternate Public Transportation Plans for AP

HYDERABAD: AP Chief Secretary Krishna Rao held a video conference today with all the district collectors and other officials to review on the issues of drinking water, E-POS System Civil Supplies, Neeru-Chettu, EAMCET-2015 and other programmes.

Rao has directed the Irrigation Department to release water in the Darsi-Branch Canal for drinking water in Prakasam District. Any repair works may be taken on the canals or reservoirs, only after releasing water to the tanks in the district, he said.

While reviewing the RTC strike the chief secretary has reviewed the issue and discussed with the transport and police officials on alternate arrangements. He directed officials to make alternative arrangements to avoid inconvenience to public in view of the strike.

At present there are some 10,000 APSRTC vehicles and 2,000 hired vehicles with RTC. Officers concerned have informed that 2,000 buses are on operation. The Department has already decided to hire the licensed drivers and conductors to run more number of buses in the Districts. An amount of 1,000 rupees will be paid per day, participation certificates will be issued to the drivers and conductors, and they will also be considered with 30 percent of reservation in the future recruitment by the APSRTC, Rao said.

Alternate arrangements should be made by the transport department to avoid inconvenience in public transport in the state, the chief secretary said and directed the collectors and superintendent of police to deal firmly with any instances of violence or disruption.

He also reviewed the Electronic Point of Sale (e-POS) System implemented by the government at Fair Price Shops in the State. The government has introduced the system in the state to ensure transparency and prevent diversion of subsidised essential goods.

If the cardholders failed to buy their quota such as rice and kerosene, the items will be diverted automatically from the fair-price shops by this system, and cardholders may take their ration from anywhere in the State.

After taking the thumb impressions of the cardholders, the e-POS system will allow the sale, and it is also enables the officials to keep a tab on the exact stock position at the fair price shops. A mass awareness campaign may be made in educating the people in all the districts on E-POS system, Rao opined. The collectors confirmed that the system is working well, and there are no complaints in its working this month.

In view of prestigious entrance examination EAMCET-2015, which is being conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada (JNTUK) for the first time after re-organization of the Andhra Pradesh, he suggested that the vehicles from educational institutions and other private organizations available may be engaged with licensed drivers, and the Officers wouldprepare a route map by covering all the EAMCET centres in the district for the students to reach the centers easily with the help of the Police Department.

Bandobust arrangements near all the centres will also be provided. District officials will initiate the work on war-basis to solve the issues in the public transport system.

Raohas issued instructions to the departments concerned for making all the arrangements for the EAMCET-2015.

Micro-irrigation projects may be taken up in all the districts, as it is an important item under Neeru-Chettu programme and the district officials woud conduct review meetings in regular intervals on the programme, Rao said.

The state government’s prestigious programme Neeru-Chettu (Water-Tree) is sub mission of Primary Sector Mission and main objective of the mission is water conservation.

Pension distributions, stray-dog menace, sand-reaches and other issues are discussed in the meeting.

Senior Officers S.P. Tucker, Dr. Ramesh,   Sam Bob, Ramanjaneyulu, Sumita Dawra,  Vidya Sagar, Jawahar Reddy and others attended the meeting. (NSS)

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