Amaravati: In response to queries, related to the welfare of auto drivers, posed by the Assembly members in the AP Budget Session on the fourth day, Minister for Transport, Information, and Public Relations, Perni Nani said that Rs 400 Crore was allocated as part of the Budget for their benefit.

He said that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had closely seen their issues during his Padayatra and reminded that he had promised to provide them Rs 10,000 every year. True to his promise, YS Jagan had issued directions to the same.

While speaking at a public meeting at Eluru during the course of his Padayatra, YS Jagan said that auto drivers brought to his notice the problems being faced due to lack of valid documents insisted by transport and police officials during checks. They told him that they needed at least Rs 10,000 to get all the mandated documents mainly related to the vehicle fitness, road tax and insurance. The auto drivers were forced to pay fines every time they were stopped by transport officials.

Issues related to drinking water supply were brought to the notice of the Assembly by Nellore Rural YSRCP MLA Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy. Narsapuram YSRCP MLA Prasadaraju requested the ministry to solve the issue of drinking water supply in the coastal areas. Addressing the issues raised, Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development Botsa Satyanarayana said that steps would be taken up to supply drinking water in the areas of Palakollu, Bhimavaram, Tanuku, Tadepalligudem and Nidadavolu. He informed the assembly that Water grids would be built across the state to solve the water issues in every village.

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