Hold Assembly session for 30 days to discuss peoples’ issues, Raghuveera tells govt

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Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president N Raghuveera Reddy on Wednesday asked the State government to conduct proposed Assembly session for 30 days and discuss issues concerning the problems of the people.

Raghuveera Reddy dashed off an open letter to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asking him to fix 30 days schedule to discuss the issues other than the budget. He wanted the Assembly to discuss the special category status issue, besides the issues like prevailing drought conditions, drinking water problems that have been putting people to severe difficulties.

The APCC sought to recall that the Assembly had passed resolution seeking special category status to the State twice in the past. Though being an alliance partner with the BJP at the Center, the TDP was going back on the promise of special category status, he alleged. He wanted the Chief Minister to give an explanation to the people on both the TDP and the BJP going back on the special category status promise and the fate of the resolutions passed in the Assembly in the past. He also wanted the government to discuss about the promises made to the State at the time of bifurcation and the provisions included in the AP Reorganisation Act 2014.

The APCC president also wanted the government to table the reports on all irrigation projects in the State. He alleged that the government had enhanced the cost of several projects benefiting the contractors. He said that the government had increased the Polavara Project cost from Rs 16,010 crore in 2014 to Rs 40,351 crore in 2016. Similarly the Handree-Neeva project cost was also enhanced from Rs 6,800 crore in 2014 to Rs 11,386 crore in 2016 and Galeru-Nagari cost to from Rs 3,987 crore in 2014 to Rs 7,986 crore in 2016. The project costs of Vamsadhara, Gundlakamma, Telugu Ganga and Veligonda were also increased several times more only to benefit the contractors, he alleged.

The AP Congress president also sought to blame the TDP for its failure to fulfil all the election promises. He recalled that the TDP had promised job for every family, unemployment stipend, cycles and tablets for the students, besides others.

 

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