Leakage At Secretariat Building Lowers AP Govt’s Image

A 20-minute rain had exposed the inferior quality of construction of the temporary secretariat complex at Velagapudi. The rain water had entered the ground floor of the complex and the office of the Leader of Opposition was drenched. Several other offices have received the rain water bringing down the image of the government’s claims on building the world class capital.

Velagapudi: It was just a 20-minute small rain that had exposed the poor construction quality of the prestigious temporary government complex, popularly known as Temporary Secretariat here with the rain water drenching the offices and the furniture. The office of the Leader of Opposition had seen the seepage of rain water drenching the furniture. The corridors of the ground floor of the fifth block that houses of the Assembly and Legislative Council halls, besides the offices of the floor leaders and the parties, had seen the rain water flowing all over. The workers had tough time clearing the water manually.

As the rain water entered the office of the Leader of Opposition Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the media flashed it giving a chance for the officials to close the remaining five blocks for the media. The media persons who made an attempt to visit the other blocks were thwarted by the security personnel leading to speculation.

The AP Capital Region Development Authority Commissioner Cherukuri Sreedhar along with the senior officials visited the secretariat complex and inspected all the six blocks. The Commissioner said that there was nothing wrong in the construction of the new building but the leakage was only due to some alterations that were carried out recently for electrical and other works.

The roads in the complex turned into mini-lakes with the rain water. There have been warnings from the locals and even the experts on the danger of floods for the capital buildings during the rainy season. At one point of time, it was suggested that unless the entire area is raised by six to seven meters, construction is not safe here. Heavy rain in the vicinity and flood water into the river Krishna and the rivulet Kondaveeti Vaagu maroons the entire area with water coming from the ground. It is for this reason, the farmers use motors rarely as there is water in just 10 feet deep in the ground.

As the ground water table is just a little above one meter deep in the ground, it was initially advised not so safe for the heavy constructions. However, the government had gone ahead with the construction of the temporary complex at Velagapudi which has now become hot topic of discussion with the rain water drenching the complex.

On Wednesday, the members of the Opposition YSR Congress have made an attempt to inspect the complex to see the damage caused by the rain. However, they were not allowed to enter into the complex and were sent back as the workers were on the job cleaning the floors and rooms damaged during the rain.

With a good monsoon is predicted this season, there are doubts over the safety in the temporary government complex. The season would also give a chance for the people to debate on the selection of the area for the capital. The black soil, which turns into a cesspool even for a small rain, needs a lot to be done to make it liveable and the government would have to rework on the designs that were finalised last week for the permanent government buildings in the core capital.

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Padma Rao Writes To President Complaining Against Closure Of Schools

Dalit leader Kathi Padma Rao wrote a letter to President seeking his intervention in the AP Government’s proposal to close over 9,000 schools in the rural areas.

Amaravati: Dalit leader and Navyandhra Party founder Kathi Padma Rao wrote a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee drawing his attention to the AP government’s move to close more than 9,000 schools in the rural areas. He termed it total violation of the Constitution by denying the right of the rural people for education.

Padma Rao said that the government had issued GO 29 proposing rationalisation of government schools. This would mean that the government would merge several schools taking into consideration the strength of the students, he said. The merger would mean closure of some schools, he said. He alleged that the government wanted to bring down the number of schools in the rural areas only to force people to go to the private schools, which have been fleecing them in the name of fee.

The Navyandhra Party leader said that Dr Ambedkar had ensured right to education for the people and the successive governments have established schools in every village. The government schools right from the primary to the high levels have been located close to the people in the villages with the shortest possible journey. The governments have also established welfare hostels for the students to stay in hostels and complete their education, he said. However, the Telugu Desam government headed by N Chandrababu Naidu had proposed closure of several welfare hostels and schools in the name of rationalisation. Several hostels were already closed as some of them were turned into residential schools. Thus thousands of students have lost their right to education after the closure of the hostels, he said.

Now, the government had proposed closure of schools taking away education from the reach of the poor, particularly those in the rural areas, Padma Rao added. He appealed to the President to intervene and direct the AP government to withdraw the GO and continue the existing schools. He wanted the President to protect the right of the people of Andhra Pradesh by preventing the government from closing the schools.

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BJP Compliments A P Govt for Holding Leg Session in New Capital

Hyderabad: BJP Official Spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao congratulated the people and the government of Andhra Pradesh for having conducted its first Assembly proceedings in the newly built State Assembly and  Council buildings at their new state capital Amaravati.

He said it  is commendable that in a short span of 30 months,  AP government could build its administrative infrastructure to perform their legislative duties at their new capital.(NSS)

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AP Govt Announces Nandi awards for 2012 and 13

Vijayawada: AP state Government announced prestigious Nandi Awards for Tollywood for the year 2013 and 13 on Wednesday in Amravati. Jayasudha, who was jury member, announced awards which are as follows’

For 2012:

1st best  film EEGA
2nd  Best Film MINUGURULU
3rd  Best Film MITHUNAM
Best Director RAJAMOULI For  Eega
Best Actor Nani For Eega
Best Actress Samantha   For Eega
Best Music Director Keeravani for Eega & Ilayaraja for  YVM
Best Popular Film Julayi

 

Eega bagged 4 awards, Music was shared by Keeravani and Ilayaraja , later for the flick Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu.

 For 2013

Best Actor PRABHAS For Mirchi
Best Actress Anjali Patel For Naa Bangaru Thalli
Best Debut Director Koratala Siva for Mirchi
Best Film MIRCHI
Best Screenplay Writer MERLAPAKA GANDHI For Venkatadri Express
Best Story Writer Indraganti Mohan Krishna
Best Dialogue Writer TRIVIKRAM For Attarintiki Daredi
Best Music Director Devisri Prasad for Mirchi & Attarintiki Daredi
Best Popular Film Attarintiki Daredi
Best Director Daya Kodavaganti For Alias janaki
Best Villian SAMPATH
BEST FAMILY FILM Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalli Chettu
Best Screenplay Venkatadri Express

 For 2014, AP and Telangana will announce separately, with Title Nandi is reserved with AP government, we have to see the new title for awards from Telangana Government for the year 2014.

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AP govt renames SC, ST sub-plans

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Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan and Tribal Sub-Plan Act will now be called as the SC, ST Sustainable and Inclusive Development Fund. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu took these decisions in the 4th Meeting of State Council for Development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.  

During the meeting the Chief Minister reviewed the progress and implementation of the decisions taken during the 3rdMeeting of the State Council. “Our aim is to increase the happiness and satisfaction levels among the SC’s and ST’s. Our funds should be used in that direction”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister has asked the officials to understand the overall financial situation of the SC and ST families and thereby draft an action plan to further improve and enhance their living standards.

The Sub-Plan funds allocated for that year should be spent in the same financial year the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister said that all basic facilities should be setup in all the SC colonies. Anganwadi centers, schools, stadiums and burial grounds should be built said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister said that the 125 –feet tall Ambedkar statue should be completed by next year, and the Ambedkar Smriti Vanam which is being built on a 15-acre site at Amaravati should be completed by December 2018.

The meeting also approved a study circle at a cost of Rs 5 crore and Girijan Bhavans in all the 13 districts at a total cost of Rs 1.35 crore. The government would also construct 20 Ambedkar Bhavans in the State at a cost of Rs 40 crore. A green field stadium will come up at Rampachodavaram with a cost of Rs 2.50 core and another Rs 2.50 core for establishing Tribal Sports School at Aruku.   

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A P Gives Top Priority for Connecting Capital to All Districts

Vijayawada: The  AP Government,  which is committed for development of economically vibrant  Amaravthi with world-class  infrastructure,  has kept a special focus on connectivity of the People’s capital to every nook and corner of the state. The CM Chandrababu Naidu directed the authorities to develop necessary road infrastructure to ensure less than 5 hours travel time from capital to any district.

‘Connectivity of the Capital city to the entire state plays a pre-dominant role in the overall economic growth of the state. Even the remotest villager in the State should have easy access to the city. Put special focus for laying the necessary connectivity roads to Amaravthi, especially the Anantapur-Amaravati Greenfield Expressway which connects Rayalaseema to Amaravati’ directed the CM.

The CM who is going to conduct a high level review meeting on infrastructure development in Amaravathi on  December 27,  today conducted a teleconference in this context,  with Minister for MA&UD  Dr. P. Narayana, SP Tucker, Chief Secretary to Government   B. Sambob, Special Chief Secretary, T, R&B,  Lakshmi Pardhasaradhi, CMD/Amaravati Development Corporation,  Sateesh Chandra, Special Chief Secretary to CM,  Sai Prasad, Prl. Secretary to CM,  Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary, Energy, I&I & CRDA, Sridhar Cherukuri, Commissioner, CRDA and issued the above directives.

B.Sambob informed that the proposed 600 km of Amaravati – Anantapur Express Highway is envisaged to be developed as a Greenfield Access Controlled Expressway with 6/4 Lane Configuration at an investment of around Rs.29,000Crs.    Ajay Jain informed the Chief Minister that prominent health & educational institutions like VIT, SRM University, Amrita University, Indo U K Institute of Health (IUIH) in collaboration with King’s College, London are being set up and the top international schools have shown keen interest to set up their institutions in Amaravati. -NSS

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‘Operation RK’ to help mining firms: Virasam

Hyderabad: Virasam leader P Vara Vara Rao has alleged that the Chandrababu Naidu government in Andhra Pradesh is continuing ‘Operation RK’ as part of its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with mining companies.  Ramakrishna alias RK and Ganesh were top Maoist leaders and believed to be in police captivity.

Speaking to the media in Hyderabad on Friday, Vara Vara Rao made it clear that Virasam leaders won’t make allegations without irrefutable evidence. “It is not an Operation RK…It’s an Operation Mining”, he remarked. The operation took place with the information given by a member of the ‘Dalam’. The government was continuing its operation aiming only to kill Naxalites. There was no clarity in the post mortem of the Naxals’ bodies, he alleged. 

The Andhra Pradesh government, which killed Naxalites in the fake encounter, was fabricating cock-and-bull stories to paint it as an ‘encounter’, he alleged and demanded that the government produce RK and Ravi in the court. He also stated that the state and Central governments  introduced ‘Green Hunt’ only to loot natural resources and as part of it they were killing the revolutionary leaders in the name of stage-managed encounters. While police personnel received simple injuries in the alleged firing by Maoists, the latter lost their lives in the firing from the police, he ridiculed.

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HC Asks AP govt. Not To Issue Sadavarti Lands Sale Certificates

Hyderabad: AP government had a setback in the High Court here on Tuesday in the case pertaining to Sadavarti Trust lands. The government was asked not to issue sale certificates to those who purchased the disputed lands. It was also directed to file a counter within two weeks.

AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu got 83.3 acres of land belonging to Sadavarti Trust sold at the rate of Rs 26 lakh per acre. The Tamil Nadu Revenue Department in the past had certified that the lands situated in Chennai are costly. It assessed that one acre would cost Rs 7 crore. The market price, however, would be more than Rs 10 crore per acre. The whole property would cost about Rs 1000 crore. The lands were allegedly sold to Naidu’s friends,  including the chairman of Kapu Corporation of AP.

About 400 acres were given away to the Trust by Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu of Krishna district many decades ago with an expressed purpose of providing facilities for education of poor Brahmin children. The property over the years was reduced to 83 acres. Naidu, as soon he came to power, had focused on the land and sold them reportedly for a song. A writ petition on this issue was earlier dismissed by the HC since there was no material proof. Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, MLA from Mangalagiri in Guntur district, had collected evidence and approach the HC which gave the directions after hearing preliminary arguments.

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Pawan Kalyan attacks Babu on Land Acquisition

HYDERABAD: Film actor and founder President of Jana Sena Party, Pawan Kalyan, seem to be slowly and steadily becoming a thorn in the flesh for AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in the matter of building the state’s new capital.

The actor-turned politician, who is popularly known as “power star” among his fans, once again fired salvos against Chandrababu Naidu virtually sounding a warning that his government went ahead to impose Land Acquisition Act, even though farmers refuse to give their lands for the construction of the capital of the state.

Referring to media reports that AP Government has informed the High Court that the Land Acquisition Act would be used against farmers refusing to give their lands for the construction of the State’s Capital, Pawan Kalyan tweeted that he was ready to fight against the  Government  on behalf of the farmers.

This is the second time that Pawan Kalyan had challenged Chandrababu Naidu on the issue of land pooling for the state’s capital. Earlier he visited various villages of Talluru mandal near Guntur district and interacted with the villagers regarding controversy over their refusing to part with their fertile lands under the land pooling.

After his fact finding mission and hearing the version of the villagers, Pawan Kalyan appealed to Chandrababu Naidu to leave those villages where the farmers were reluctant to part with their lands. While hoping that the government procures land only with the consent and will of the farmers, he also cautioned that if the lands were forcibly acquired then he would stand by the farmers to protect their rights and interests.

However, on coming to know about the Government’s explanation in the High Court to enforce the Land Acquisition Act on farmers who refuse to give their lands in the land pooling scheme, Pawan Kalyan tweeted today that he would fight against the government on behalf of the farmers if the lands were procured by imposing the Act.

Pawan Kalyan had extended his whole hearted support and extensively campaigned for the BJP-TDP combine in the 2014 elections on the advice of then Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi, which undoubtedly helped the TDP to come to power in the newly carved state of AP.

Thus, Pawan Kalyan taking either pot shots or firing salvos against Chandrababu Naidu and the TDP Government at every given opportunity in the name of taking up the cause of farmers, seems to be a clear   pointer to his hidden political agenda in the near future. (NSS)

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Ryots move High Court opposing land take over for AP State Capital

HYDERABAD:  The efforts of A.P. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s efforts to build the state’s capital by securing the required land through land pooling encountered a hurdle with some farmers from Krishna and Guntur districts seeking intervention of the High Court to protect their lands.

Farmers from Mangalagiri and Tadepally of the district filed a petition that their lands were being forcibly acquired by the state government in its ambitious plans to develop a world-class capital. They sought the intervention of the court by restraining the AP government from taking their lands as their livelihood depended on cultivation.

The High Court issued notices to the state government and also directed the Advocate General to seek necessary clarifications from the concerned authorities.

Separately 32 farmers from Vundavalli, Penumaka and Nidamarru villages filed another petition against the land pooling. They contended that instead of acquiring lands with the consent of the farmers as per Clause 22 of Section 2(52) of CRDA Act, the State government has been trying to take over their lands forcibly.

The petitioners pointed out that though they had filed objection petitions to the CRDA a fortnight ago, the State government failed to respond so far. The farmers also pointed out that the AP government had clarified that the farmers, who have filed objection petitions have nothing to do with land pooling. As the government remained silent over their objections even after one month, the farmers approached the High Court for justice. (NSS)

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Harish hits out at Naidu on Krishna row

  • Accuses AP of more water than allocated
  • Move to increase in Polavaram height unfair
  • Eyeing Bhadrachalam Temple unacceptable
  • TS to move court, Centre

Hyderabad, January 4: Launching a blistering attack on the Chandrababu Naidu Government for hatching a conspiracy to loot Krishna waters and increase the height of Polavaram project, Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao on Sunday said Telangana Government will move Court and seek Centre’s intervention.

Harish Rao criticized AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for trying to dictate terms to Telangana Government with regard to Krishna waters and Polavaram project height which should not be increased above 150 ft, he said. “We are not ready to lose our share of waters and will fight at any level against project height”, he told a media conference at Secretariat here along with Irrigation Advisor Vidyasagar Rao.

Harish Rao alleged that the AP Government was continuing to violate Bachawat Tribunal Award and drew more Krishna Waters than allocated. Stoutly opposing the AP Government’s letter to Krishna Water Board for more water, he said they will soon meet Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharathi for justice. He took exception that though on humanitarian grounds the Telangana Government offered to release about 26 TMC water to help Kharif in AP, the government was denying to adjust the same during next Kharif, he said. “The AP Government is causing problems for Telangana farmers by drawing more irrigation waters than they are supposed to draw”, he charged.

He also alleged that the AP, which has taken away six mandals and lower Sileru in Khammam and denied our share of power from the project, is now eyeing Bhadrachalam land and temple. “At the cost of our farmers, we are not ready to help the AP in this regard. The AP Government which drew 155 tmc as against 152 tmc allocated, now seeks 26 tmc afresh for its Rabi season. Besides, the TS used so far 117 tmc against 229 tmc allocated, while AP used 329 tmc against 321 tmc allocated. Bachawath board is Bhagawadgita for us, which asked both the governments to discuss and return to it only after finding an amicable solution. However, the AP government was deliberately postponing a meeting, he said.

Of the total of 481tmc, the board allocated 200 tmc to Telangana and 281 tmc to AP. Telangana State got 481 tmc towards actual allocation and 137 tmc additional waters from Nagarjuna Sagar, he said, adding that of the remaining 550 tmc, the board allocated 229 tmc to Telangana and 321 tmc to AP. In a similar way from Jurala to Sagar, we got 481 tmc as actual allocation and 137 tmc as additional, he explained. Harish further found fault with the AP Government for seeking again 41 tmc for Kharif and 155 tmc for Rabi season. (NSS)

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Sunny Solutions for the Power Crunch

  • Some ‘powerful’ thoughts
  • Go for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems
  • Follow Brazil’s example, switch over to ethanol
  • Offer competitive price to ethanol
  • Package of policies needed

(Vithal Rajan)

Industrial growth of India has been severely hobbled by the lack of power production capacity. The state under greatest power stress is the new state of Telangana. ‘Telangana has been facing acute shortage of power as AP government has denied about 1,980 MW of its share so far,’ declared the chief minister. It seems the state is spending Rs 5 crores a day to buy power to meet essential needs. Several of its power stations are suffering outage. It is unlikely that the Seemaandhra government will honour its electric power sharing obligations, since a power crunch will limit the state’s financial resources available for social schemes. The technical problems of electricity generation are compounded by party political rivalry induced by the prospects of winning the next assembly elections.

Vithal Rajan PhotoTo increase generating capacity by another 20,000 MW in the next few years is a daunting task, especially for a cash-strapped state. Several parallel strategies may be followed simultaneously. The late Professor AKN Reddy’s work may be revisited in which he showed that renovation and efficiency improvement of existing thermal plants could almost double production throughout the country. A spectacular increase in power production can also be achieved in Telangana by following the innovative solar route, since the state is blessed with the highest solar direct irradiation.

Solar energy units are modular enabling cautious financial beginnings to be increased exponentially under successful conditions. Since few villages require more than 5KW of power, rural demand-side management of energy can optimize reliable supply by installing off-grid [photovoltaic] PV units to size. Home lighting can be provided through energy-saving LED systems, such as those developed by world-renowned expert, Prof. Dave Irvine-Halliday, now based out of Hyderabad. The other important rural need for power is to energise pumpsets. However, deep bore pumping is wasteful, both of water and power. It would be best to integrate this need with community watershed development to raise the water table, and use drip irrigation and SRI cultivation methods to reduce water requirements to less than half, even for water intensive crops like rice.

Since the plant-load factor for PV solar systems is necessarily limited to around 20%, as they are dependent on sunshine hours, industrial needs could be met with the newly developed Concentrated Solar Power [CSP] systems, which use mirrors to focus sunlight, and convert water into steam to turn turbines. The giant CSP 377MW Ivanpah station in California, rated to produce over a billion units a year, focuses light on a receiver tower, where water is turned into steam for the thermal station below. Spain is dotted with dozens of smaller CSP power stations which use parabolic troughs to heat the fluid passing through a pipe at their focal point. To meet energy needs at night, molten salt storage, from which heat can be drawn during non-sunlight hours, is used to drive the turbines. Denmark’s Aalborg and Norway’s NEST companies have developed a radical new technology utilising special concrete with embedded steel heat exchangers that are expected to work even better. Whatever the technology preference, it powers conventional thermal power stations without using polluting fossil fuels, or the very dangerous and extremely expensive nuclear fuel system. Piyush Goyal has the distinction of being the first minister to question the need for nuclear power, which despite several decades of expensive development has accounted for no more than 1% of the country’s energy consumption.

With central government help, the Telangana government can invite bids from established CSP companies, such as the American Bright Source, Danish Aalborg, or Spain’s Abengoa and Acciona. It would be in the interest of these companies to offer competing bids to take advantage of Telangana’s sunshine days.

The price of solar power has fallen dramatically and uniquely to a fraction of its original cost, since it was first used in the Sputnik satellite. With further developments, there is little doubt even among pessimists that it will be the cheapest source of power in the future. However, at present it is still more than thrice as expensive as fossil fuel power. If the government takes the long view, and health and climate change factors into consideration, solar power stations of the magnitude of Ivanpah are viable even today. If we take into account the opportunity costs of not developing India’s vast resources of low-calorific coal for valuable petrochemicals, there is no question but we should switch from coal to solar to produce electricity.

Last year India imported 75% of its crude oil needs, and the import bill stood at $150 billion. The present bonanza of politically depressed oil prices at less than $75 a barrel cannot last, since this dip in price was just a lesson the USA and Saudi Arabia wanted to teach Iran and Russia, where production costs are much higher. When oil prices come back to over $100 a barrel, India’s current account deficit will continue to soar. Around half of the imports go to the transport sector, and 80% of the oil is consumed by vehicles on roads. Diesel, which is subsidised, and accounts for the great bulk of the imports, caused a loss of around Rs 140,000 crores last year!

It is high time India, as a member of BRICS, followed Brazil’s successful example and switched to ethanol as fuel for road vehicles. Almost all Brazilian vehicles use ethanol, and some run on nothing else. Ethanol was Henry Ford’s first fuel of choice, but the dirt cheap price of crude oil from the Middle East a hundred years ago made petrol the main fuel. Since ethanol and petrol are easily miscible the cars on the road can immediately use a 20% mixture without difficulty or loss of power. Major car manufacturers such as General Motors have models that run purely on ethanol.

Indian ethanol is derived from sugarcane, the second most important commercial crop after cotton. Around four crore farmers produce anywhere from 250 million tonnes to even 350 million tonnes of cane in a good year. However, when there is a glut of sugar in the market, prices get depressed, sugar factories stop buying cane and farmers lose. The cyclical nature of the industry can be changed if a policy is created to encourage sugar factories to increase ethanol production. At present from every tonne of cane about 7 to 10 litres of liquor are produced as a by-product which can be converted to ethanol fuel at little cost. Even 100 litres can be produced from a tonne of cane if production is switched completely to ethanol when demand for sugar is low. It would be a win-win situation for the government, farmers, the sugar industry, and even vehicle owners, for domestic ethanol will drive down fuel prices.

So far government has failed to offer a competitive price for ethanol compared to the liquor industry which is the main buyer of liquor from sugar factories. Government’s hesitation to push forward such a policy is caused by obstruction from the liquor lobby which provides more than 30% of excise revenue. While the cost of potable liquor will certainly go up if India pushes forward an aggressive ethanol policy, the sugar factories ability to increase production will stabilize prices in the near future and the liquor industry will not be the loser.

There is no single simple solution for the energy crunch. A package of several policies must be pursued simultaneously. Demand side management is a vital necessity of the energy requirements of the various sectors, industry, domestic urban and rural, and agricultural. These demands must be disaggregated on the basis of location and size, and independent solutions found for all of them utilizing various energy sources and technologies. Piyush Goyal has said the present government does not ‘operate in silos.’ Several ministries must collaborate actively if affordable and reliable solutions are to be found to energize India’s future growth.

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Red sanders auctioned

  • First attempt gets good amount
  • Focus on mobilizing revenues for new state

(M Ramdas)

Hyderabad, November 26: Andhra Pradesh Government had reason to be elated at the great success of the first auction of seized and harvested valuable red sanders wood. The 862 metric tonnes fetched a substantial Rs 261 crores. The considerable stock of the precious wood would be sold by auction in phases.  Realizing the immense value of these logs, which come in three quality grades, bidders have come from China, Japan and some far-eastern countries. Some Indian buyers are also in the fray. But the ever-present danger in retrieving red sanders is the sophisticated and armed smugglers who have repeatedly killed forest personnel who have pursued them. In fact, the valuable truckloads retrieved from the forests are only a tip of the iceberg. The AP government should ensure that crores of rupees are not lost to the gangsters. The AP government had obtained the necessary clearance from the environment and forest ministries to auction the red sanders wood which was not allowed till recently. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had set his eyes on red sanders and sand to make money for the coffers which are almost empty. The third area on which Naidu has been focusing to mobilize more revenues has been excise. He hopes to increase revenues from this department.

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