“All loans but zero development under Jagan regime
Thoughtless, uncivilised rule harming all sections of people”
Amaravati, April 5:
Former Finance Minister and TDP senior leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Monday blamed the ‘anti-AP policies’ of the Jaganmohan Reddy Government for the deteriorating financial situation of Andhra Pradesh to the extent of non-payment of salaries in time.
Mr. Ramakrishnudu demanded the Chief Minister to explain where all the revenue of the State was going when the Government was not in a position to pay the bills towards development works as well as the salaries of its employees. The CM owed an explanation on where the massive loans were spent in the past 22 months and why there was nil development.
In a statement here, the Opposition Leader in AP Council said that the thoughtless and uncivilised governance of Mr. Jagan Reddy was destroying the State as a whole with no sign of hope for the future. Was it not a fact that the Government went bankrupt as it could not mobilise resources to pay salaries now? Even the private hospital managements stopped admitting patients under Aarogyasri just because their payments were not cleared by the Government.
Mr. Ramakrishnudu said that though the revenue has increased when compared to the previous year, the Government went for more loans pushing the state into debts. The inexperience and ineffectiveness of the CM was responsible for this. AP stood in first place by taking Rs. 79,191.58 Cr loans by February during the 2020-`21 year. This was the largest amount of loans taken by any State in the Country. AP has thus created a record of sorts.
The TDP leader said that the revenue from state excise duty doubled to reach Rs. 10,125.19 Cr by February, 2021, when compared to Rs. 5,821.62 Cr in February, 2020. The income from land revenue had also increased from Rs. 19.72 Cr in February, 2020, to Rs. 123.58 Cr in February, 2021. The Central grant-in-aid has also increased from Rs. 16,758.40 Cr in February, 2020 to Rs. 26,458.60 Cr in 2021.
Mr. Ramakrishnudu pointed out that by all accounts, the AP Government got Rs. 29,109.30 Cr additional revenue when compared to the previous year. Also, huge funds came to the State towards Covid assistance and donations. But still, the Jagan Reddy government brought Rs. 73,812 Cr loans in just three months this year. This has pushed the State economy into doldrums. In just two years, the YSRCP has imposed Rs. 2.50 lakh cr debt burden on the State. Each person was carrying now a debt of Rs. 70,000 on his or her head.
Madigas seen as second grade citizens under Jagan rule: Jawahar
Former Minister and TDP leader KS Jawahar on Monday asserted that Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy and his party MLAs had no moral right to pay tributes to Babu Jagjivan Ram because of their continuous betrayals and atrocities in the past 22 months.
Mr. Jawahar has said that the CM has turned into a betrayer of madigas going by how the atrocities like tonsure were all taking place against this community. It was an indisputable fact that the madigas were being treated and seen as the second grade citizens under the Jagan Reddy regime.
In a statement here, the TDP leader asked why the YSRCP leaders were supporting all those responsible for the atrocities perpetrated against the madiga community. More alarmingly, the atrocities cases were being filed against the Dalits themselves which indicated the lawlessness that had crept into Andhra Pradesh. The Chief Minister and his Ministers were becoming a big threat to the safety and security of the weaker sections. They were safeguarding the interests of the attackers but not the victims all the time.
Mr. Jawahar deplored that the YSRCP policies had filled the lives of the leather works with darkness with no hope of a better tomorrow for their young ones. By allotting the Lidcap lands under the house sites distribution, the lives of the leather workers were crushed by the Jagan Reddy regime. A premeditated assault was made on the livelihoods of the madigas and their profession faced serious danger.
The TDP leader slammed the YSRCP Government for ‘not sanctioning’ a single paisa for the madiga corporation thereby causing untold hardship to them. By crushing the community welfare corporations, the Jagan regime was planning to make these sections surrender to them in the name of welfare benefits. The funds of the corporations were all being diverted to one programme or the other named after Jagan Reddy and his father. The madigas shall defeat the YCP in the Tirupati bypoll.