Special Status panacea for all woes
Special Category Status would become the panacea for all the problems being faced by the State, observed speakers at a meeting held on ‘Unscientific, unilateral bifurcation-its influence’, on the second day of Nava Nirmana Deeksha, here on Friday.
Visakhapatnam: Special Category Status would become the panacea for all the problems being faced by the State, observed speakers at a meeting held on ‘Unscientific, unilateral bifurcation-its influence’, on the second day of Nava Nirmana Deeksha, here on Friday. Furthermore, the speakers also opined that the State government should be ready to wage a legal fight in securing proportionate share in all movable and immovable assets of the united Andhra Pradesh.
Initiating the discussion, State BC Welfare Minister Kollu Ravindra lamented that those responsible for bifurcation have pushed the State with a deficit budget of Rs 16,000 crore. He said that only 47 percent of revenue was allocated to the State, which is having 58 per cent of population, while 53 percent of revenue was allotted to Telangana, which has 47 percent of population.
The Minister said that the average per capita income in Telangana is 1.07 lakh, while it is only Rs 97,000 in Andhra Pradesh. To overcome all these teething problems, the State government is trying to get more help from the Centre. Despite hurdles, many welfare schemes are being implemented by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
Stating that the government is giving priority for irrigation by linking rivers and in order to contain depletion of ground water level, rain water harvesting pits are being constructed, he pointed out. To ensure corruption-free society, biometric, e-PoS and other systems were introduced, he said.
Collector N Yuvaraj said that the Chief Minister is working hard to reach targets, thus the State has achieved a double digit growth rate of 10.90 per cent in the last fiscal. “If we all go with the same spirit, the State will become number one in the country in future,” he felt.
Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Andhra University Prof Bobby Vardhan said that all major Central and State government institutions are located in Hyderabad and what would be the fate of unemployed youth in the State, he questioned. Special Category Status is the only way to solve all these problems, he added.
Uttarandhra Development Committee founder S S Siva Sankar demanded special package to the most backward north coastal Andhra districts and completion of the Polavaram and Uttarandhra Sujala Sravanthi on a war-footing. Gajuwaka MLA Palla Srinivasa Rao also spoke. Additional Joint Collector D V Reddy and DRDA in-charge PD Maheswara Reddy were also present.