Vijayawada: YSRCP Farmers' Division president MVS Nagi Reddy said that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was misusing hundreds of crores of public money in the name of consultancies. He expressed his surprise over the appointment of KPMG as the consultant for agriculture department. The government was shelling out crores on KPMG which has not even contributed a single thing for the department, he said.
The YSRCP leader said that if one looks at the KPMG deal with the state government, we hear the names of Lokesh and Somireddi. If the state's growth rate was very good, why would we need international consultancy firms' services, he asked.
Nagi Reddy recalled that Chandrababu had earlier appointed McKinsey as a consultant and spent huge public money. It was surprising to see the government hire consultants when departments have experienced scientists and engineers, he said and added that consultants were being appointed just because of TDP's greed for commissions.
The farmer's leader recalled the days of late Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy's rule when agriculture was flourishing. It is diminishing now under Chandrababu, he lamented. Without minimum support price, farmers were committing suicide, he said and demanded that the state government ask the centre for MSP for farm produce. The AP CM and Somireddi were not bothered about the plight of farmers, he remarked.