Kommineni Srinivasa Rao
It has been over 100 days since YSR Congress Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy assumed charge as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. This has prompted a series of reviews, analysis about his government's performance, but one should understand that this is just the beginning, and there are another four and half years to go.
In these past three months the Chief Minister still managed to make a mark on the state, and his decisions have been in the limelight for both right and wrong reasons.
Navaratnalu, the set of nine welfare schemes YS Jagan made during his marathon 3,600 km-long-campaign Padayatra were implemented as promised. An increase in pensions for senior citizens, physically challenged and others, assistance of Rs 15,000 to mothers of school going children, scrapping of contributory pension, merger of Road Transport Corporation employees with the state government along with the phased total prohibition, have been some of the prominent welfare promises implemented by his government. Not just these, the promise to establish a 200-bed hospital in Palasa for kidney patients, help the AgriGold victims, 75 percent reservation for locals in industries, unearthing Polavaram scam by a committee which was around Rs 2300 Crore, were some more of his decisions taken for the State. Another important and prestigious initiative implemented was the Village Volunteer Scheme, which will be give jobs to the youth of AP.
This is a record of sorts when compared to Chandrababu's regime, where none of the promises were implemented, except for the enhancement of the retirement age for government employees. One should also understand that Chandrababu had left a huge debt, but YS Jagan has moved forward to fulfil his promises despite the empty coffers.
Many have also praised his emphasis on zero tolerance on corruption and working on these lines. In fact, it is reported that he had reprimanded two ministers and MLAs & made them return money that they had apparently taken for transfer of police officials, which is quite unheard of these days.
The journey has not been so smooth either and he had faced some setbacks as well. The High Court's decision was not in his favour in the Polavaram case, analysts were criticising his orders to cancel all tenders and follow the reverse tendering process. However, this has not deterred him from moving forward in the path of completion of the project, which was his father late Dr YSR's pet project.
Another issue is the state capital development, which is mired in corruption and controversies, thanks to Chandrababu turning this into a real estate venture. Even the people of the State were not comfortable about centralisation of all places in one area. However, people like Pawan Kalyan tried to portray another picture in a bid to deviate public mind. There is no truth in the news that the Capital would change either. The Government and the people have to agree to the fact that this has become a burden on their head and the only way out is build a Capital with minimum expenditure and complete the project. The same development should be extended to the districts as well.
With regards to the media management, there is scope for improvement as the TDP is increased it tirade of criticism against the YS Jagan Government. The Opposition is waiting for an opportunity to pick out mistakes made by the Government. The printing of other religious advertisements on Tirumala bus tickets was one such incident, which were actually printed during their rule, but the TDP tried to put the blame on YS Jagan.
In broad terms if you look at his performance in the last three months, one can say that YS Jagan has passed with a first class, but what the people want to see is that he gets a distinction. We can see that if he balances both welfare and development of the State, he would have laid a strong foundation. With this strong foundation if he continues to work for the developmental activities to fructify, then he would surely achieve a distinction.
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