Kiran goes on file-clearing spree

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Kiran Goes on File-Clearing Spree, Congress Working Committee, Decision to Bifurcate AP. Ever since the Congress Working Committee (CWC) took theradesh on July 30, the state administration has virtually come to a standstill, but the manner in which the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has been clearing files has stunned even his cabinet ministers.

Ministers concerned not informed even when major decisions are involved


Ever since the Congress Working Committee (CWC) took theradesh on July 30, the state administration has virtually come to a standstill, but the manner in which the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has been clearing files has stunned even his cabinet ministers.
According to official sources, the Chief Minister has cleared the projects conceived exclusively for his native district Chittoor, and approved drinking water projects at a cost of Rs 5,990 crore for his district, without consulting the Panchayat Raj Minister K Jana Reddy. He even got a GO issued in this regard on October 4.
As per the GO, HUDCO would provide Rs 2,000 crore loan and the remaining funds would be drawn from the state exchequer. In the second phase, the project cost is estimated at Rs 1,400 crore.
Sources said that bypassing the Panchayat Raj Minister, Kiran got the file directly forwarded to his office from INCAP (Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh), the implementing authority of the project, and cleared it. Under the project, drinking water facility would be provided to Tirupati, Chittoor, Madanapalle, Punganur, Palamaneru and other 52 mandals in the district. 6.61 tmcft of water would be transferred from Kandaleru water reservoir to Chittoor to meet water requirement.
In another case, Reddy ratified release of funds for extension works at Polavaram project. Major Irrigation minister P Sudarshan Reddy was not informed about the decision. Finalisation of contractors for the long-pending Dummugudem project has also been approved in one stroke by Kiran, without consulting the minister.
Taking advantage of the ongoing ‘cold war’ with Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Rajanarsimha, the Chief Minister appointed his close aide L Venugopal Reddy as the chairman of AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE). The Deputy Chief Minister came to know about the appointment only through media the next day.
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