YSRCP supremo YS Jagan Mohan Reddy completes 100 days in office as the Chief Minister Of Andhra Pradesh. Ever since he took charge as the CM, the people's leader has announced a slew of sops to fulfill his poll promises, including a few challenging moves like reserving 75 per cent jobs for locals in industries. Overall, welfare measures have marked Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s first 100 days in office.
Unfazed by the precarious financial position of the State, YS Jagan has put the interest of people first and gone ahead to announce freebies to appease people who put their faith in him by choosing him over TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu whose rule was synonymous with corruption.
The young Andhra Pradesh chief minister, who led the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) to a thumping victory in the state to end the five-year rule of the TDP, has been hailed by people and his peers in other paries for his bold moves.
Exposing the corruption of the previous TDP government under the leadership of N Chandrababu Naidu in awarding contracts for various projects, YS Jagan decided to review all these projects soon after taking charge. It was announced that wherever irregularities were found, the government would go for reverse-tendering, allow wider participation of bidders, ensure transparency and save public money.
The first contract to be terminated was the one awarded to Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd (NECL) which had bagged the Rs 3,000 crore Polavaram project.
Besides Polavaram, the construction of the state capital Amaravati too has come to a halt. The World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIM) have pulled out of the $300 million state capital project.
The YSRCP government’s allegations of a land scandal in Amaravati during the TDP regime, as well as various statements by Ministers and YSRCP leaders, have triggered speculation that the government may not continue with Amaravati as the capital. However, party spokesperson and senior leader Ambati Rambabu rubbished all such claims and stated that there will soon be an official announcement about the AP capital city.
The uncertainty has however hit the real estate sector hard and stoked fears among Chandrababu's cronies like industrialist Sujana Chowdary who bought huge chunks of land in the capital region at throwaway prices hoping to reap huge profits.
Past Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) have also come under the scrutiny of the new Chief Minister. The agreements were signed with renewable energy producers during the TDP Government. YS Jagan argues that the PPAs to buy power at a high rate will cause Rs 2,766 crore loss to the state exchequer every year. The Centre, however, has cautioned the State Government that if contracts are not honoured, it could affect the flow of investments.
In another major move, the State Government has announced the setting up of a judicial commission to review all projects of Rs 100 crore and above, to check corruption and bring transparency in the tendering process and awarding of contracts.
During his first 100 days of governance, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has taken steps to implement one of his major poll promises of imposing liquor prohibition in a phased manner.
In the first phase, he ordered a crackdown on the illegal liquor outlets and the Government claims that liquor consumption has come down during the last two months. The second step saw the Government taking over the liquor business from private traders.
Among the revolutionary schemes announced by the Government include “Amma Vodi” under which every mother will be paid Rs 15,000 annually for sending their children to schools and junior colleges, both Government-run and private.
To ensure youth in the state don't waste their talent, the government held the AP Gram Sachivalayam exams to induct youth into government services for which lakhs of students registered and appeared. The AP Gram Sachivalay answer key was released recently.
The chief minister also announced merger of APSRTC with government which was welcomed by the RTC staff who had been complaining about being neglected over the years by the previous government.
Overall, the governance of YS Jagan's 100 days in office as the chief minister has been satisfactory and met the expectations of people who hoped for better day.
YS Jagan has promised to usher in Rajanna Rajyam, the golden days of his late father Dr YSR whose rule was synonymous with welfare governance.
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