AP Cabinet faults Jagana��s visit to bus accident victims

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet found fault with the Leader of Opposition Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy visiting the Nandigama area hospital where the victims of the bus accident in which 11 passengers were killed, being treated. The Cabinet blamed Jagan Mohan Reddy for disturbing the on-duty government hospital staff from attending to the treatment of the accident victims and also threatening the district Collector who had a proven track record of success.

The Cabinet felt that the leaders, particularly the elected representatives should not disturb the officials working in a calamity. In the bus accident case, the Cabinet said that Jagan Mohan Reddy had disturbed the working of the government doctors and other staff for his political mileage, which was an unfortunate. The Cabinet sought to advise the Leader of Opposition to have some wisdom and not to repeat the same in future.

New Seeds Act

The Cabinet also cleared the draft of the Andhra Pradesh Seeds Act 2017. The Cabinet discussed the recommendations of V Nagi Reddy committee that had held discussions with the farmers in 2012. The quality of the seeds, supply and trade is to be regulated through the new law protecting the interests of the farmers. The seed companies have to register with the government with the details of the crop varieties that would be converted into seeds. The export and import of seeds and the prices would be under the control of the government. If the seed company supplies spurious or inferior quality seeds, that would attract a penalty of Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh along with 2 to three months imprisonment.

Depositors Act

The Cabinet had also cleared the draft bill of the Depositors of Financial Establishments Act 2015 to regulate the private finance companies, including the chit fund companies. The depositors would have greater rights in the new legislation while the companies that collect deposits would be taken to task in case or irregularities or default.

Logistics University Act

The Cabinet approved the draft bill of the Logistics University Act 2017 to promote logistics activity in the State. The government would take private participation in establishing the university and promoting education in the field.

Maritime University, Energy University and Saraswati University draft Bills were also cleared at the cabinet meeting. These universities would come up soon in the State with the government and private partnership.

New names for Airports

The Cabinet had recommended new names for Gannavaram and Tirupathi airports. The Gannavaram airport would be called Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Amaravati airport, while the Tirupati airport would be named as Sri Venkateswara airport.

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