Centre Vetoes Naidu’s Visit to Singapore

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s plan to go to Singapore to pay tributes to the mortal remains of the first prime minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, who had died two days ago, was foiled by the Centre. According to sources, the external affairs ministry turned down Naidu’s request for allowing him to go to Singapore. As prime minister Narendra Modi is attending the funeral of Lee Kuan Yew to be held on March 29, the Centre told the AP government that it could not permit Naidu to visit Singapore. With the Centre rejecting his plea for visiting Singapore, Naidu sent another request to the Centre to allow him to attend the funeral as part of Modi’s delegation.

“We are now awaiting a word from Delhi on government’s delegation. We hope that the Centre will include Naidu’s name in it. The Centre told us that it would provide clarity by Thursday,” said sources in the AP CMO. Naidu was supposed to leave for Singapore on Wednesday night.

Earlier, he was scheduled to visit Singapore on March 29/30 to discuss the master plan for the capital. “Since Naidu has established a close rapport with leaders of Singapore, he is keen on attending the funeral of Lee. He is hopeful that the Centre will allow him to join the prime minister’s delegation” said source.

MEA NOD A MUST

As per the Union government’s norms, for chief ministers and other ministers foreign visits, political clearance from the ministry of external affairs is a must. It is compulsory for all CMs and ministers to inform the Centre about their proposed visits to abroad either official or private capacity, and get political clearance from the ministry of external affairs.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Centre-Vetoes-Naidu%E2%80%99s-Visit-to-Singapore/2015/03/26/article2730594.ece

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Good crunching of budget numbers by Jagan

Budget session of Andhra Pradesh assembly is some sort of maturity on the part of opposition leader Y.S.Jagan who did some home work this time on budget numbers and made the ruling party to get alert on understanding their numbers and support them with necessary arguments. TDP leaders faces often gone blank and tried to distort the attention of the house from the serious comments of YS Jagan.

Jagan scored good points when he is picking ruling party on its economic survey about the purchase of only 13 lakh tonnes of rice from the farmers , when there is a gross yield of over 51 lakh tonnes. Ruling party MLAs and even minister for agriculture could not justify his stand on this and gave a reply saying that “ 51 lakh rice output was achieved inspite of bad mansoon” jagan has to recognise this fact. But the was not an answer to why government could procure only 13 lakh ton rice when there is 51 lakh output and is it not betraying the farmers?

Secondly Jagan also successfully high lighted that the non plan expenditure statistics of the government is pure jugglery of numbers. Yanamala Ramakrishnudu at this point of time wake up from his chair and every one expecting that he counters Jagan. But he only stood up to make a comment saying that Jagan is criticising budget figures watching at his face instead of addressing the chair(speaker). This clearly shows the un preparedness on the part of the government and its ministers who never expected this scenario from Jagan.

Even on the issue of employees salary bills and arrears calculations which is the part of non-plan expenditure of budget government could not respond with straight answer. It is surprising to see the efforts of Devineni Uma Maheswara rao who is an ex minister with experience tried to rebut Jagan’s criticism with meaningless and diversionary tactics saying that “ Jagan is not interested in the enhancement and payment of arrears of government employees”. This is not at all a good acceptable from ruling party members as they have to take the opposition’s remarks and correct their approach if there is a mistake or otherwise they clarify their stand on how they arrived those figures.

-Hans India

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ఈ ప్రశ్నలకు బదులేది?

పట్టిసీమ ప్రాజెక్టులో కాంట్రాక్టర్లను పరిమితం చేయడానికి కావాలని నిబంధనలు తయారుచేయలేదా?
ప్రాజెక్టు పని ఏడాదిలోనే పూర్తిచేయాలని టెండర్ డాక్యుమెంట్లలో స్పష్టంగా ఉంది. కానీ బోనస్ అంశం మీద మాత్రం ఏమీ చెప్పలేదు.
టెండరు డాక్యుమెంట్ ప్రకారం ఏడాదిలోపే పని పూర్తిచేయాలన్నప్పుడు అందులో లేని బోనస్ ప్రకటించాల్సిన అవసరం ఏముంది?
టెండర్లను కేవలం 5 శాతం ఎక్సెస్ వరకు మాత్రమే అనుమతిస్తారు. కానీ 21.9 శాతం ఎక్సెస్కు కాంట్రాక్టర్లు కోట్ చేశారు. దాంతో మిగిలిన 16.9 శాతం మొత్తాన్ని టెండరు బోనస్ రూపంలో కాంట్రాక్టరుకు కట్టబెడుతున్నారు. ఇదంతా పెద్ద స్కాం.
పట్టిసీమ ప్రాజెక్టునుంచి ఎత్తిపోసే నీటిని ఎక్కడ నిల్వచేస్తారు?
ప్రకాశం బ్యారేజి సామర్థ్యం 3 టీఎంసీలు మాత్రమే. అప్పుడు పట్టిసీమ నుంచి లిఫ్ట్ చేసే 80 టీఎంసీల నీటిని ఎక్కడ నిల్వచేస్తారు?
నిల్వ సమస్య పరిష్కారం కోసమే అసలు పోలవరం ప్రాజెక్టును ఉద్దేశించారు కదా?

గోదావరి నదీ జలాల వివాదం ట్రిబ్యునల్లోని రెండో అధ్యాయంలో పోలవరం ప్రాజెక్టు కింద ఈ అంశాలున్నాయి…
క్లాజ్ 7ఇ: పోలవరం ప్రాజెక్టుకు కేంద్ర జలసంఘం అనుమతి క్లియర్ చేసిన రోజు నుంచి మహారాష్ట్ర, కర్ణాటకలు 35 టీఎంసీల నీటిని ఉపయోగించుకునే స్వేచ్ఛ ఉంటుంది. అందులో వాస్తవంగా ఎంత నీటిని మళ్లిస్తున్నారనే అంశంతో సంబంధం లేదు.
క్లాజ్ 7ఎఫ్: ప్రతిపాదిత పోలవరం ప్రాజెక్టు నుంచి గోదావరి జలాలను కృష్ణానదిలోకి మళ్లించడం వల్ల ఆ మొత్తం 80 టీఎంసీలు దాటితే, ఆ దాటిన మొత్తాన్ని కూడా మూడు రాష్ట్రాలు ఒకే నిష్పత్తిలో పంచుకోవాలి

అందువల్ల, పట్టిసీమ ప్రాజెక్టు కారణంగా మనం మహారాష్ట్ర, కర్ణాటకలకు మరింత ఎక్కువ నీరు ఇవ్వాల్సిన పరిస్థితి ఏర్పడుతుంది.
రాయలసీమకు నీరు ఇస్తామని ప్రభుత్వం చెబుతోంది. కానీ మరి దాన్ని జీవోలో ఎందుకు ప్రస్తావించలేదు?
ఒకవేళ ప్రభుత్వం రాయలసీమకు నీరు ఇవ్వాలనుకున్నా.. పోతిరెడ్డిపాడు దిగువన రిజర్వాయర్లు, కెనాల్ వ్యవస్థ పూర్తి చేయకుండా ఎలా ఇస్తారు?
పోతిరెడ్డిపాడును పూర్తిచేయడానికి రూ. 2600 కోట్లు అవసరం అవుతాయి. మీ బడ్జెట్ కేటాయింపులు మాత్రం కేవలం రూ. 169 కోట్లే. మరో రూ. 1100 కోట్లు అవసరం అవుతాయి. ఇక హంద్రీ-నీవా ప్రాజెక్టుకు మీరు కేవలం రూ. 200 కోట్లే కేటాయించారు. మరి అలాంటప్పుడు రాయలసీమకు మీరు ఎలా నీళ్లు ఎలా ఇవ్వగలరు?

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New capital gets a paltry Rs 303 cr in budget

HYDERABAD: While charging the Centre with not making any allocation for the construction of capital in the Union Budget, the AP government itself earmarked a paltry Rs 303.26 crore for the purpose in its budget that was presented by finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu in the assembly on Thursday. Added to that, only Rs 12.2 crore has been kept aside as compensation for the farmers who gave up their land to the new capital.

The Rs 303 crore for the capital construction was part of the Rs 3,168 crore allocated for urban development.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/New-capital-gets-a-paltry-Rs-303-cr-in-budget/articleshow/46547244.cms

Ryots fall from the frying pan into fire

GUNTUR: Farmers who gave up their land for construction of capital city are finding themselves in an unpleasant situation as the banks have decided to adjust the compensation they got from the state government against their farm loans. This situation has arisen because government is sitting on the much-touted farm loan waiver scheme.

The state government has paid an annual compensation of Rs 30,000 per acre in upland areas and Rs 50,000 per acre in riverside villages under the land pooling scheme. But when the farmers recently went to banks to deposit the cheques, they received the shock of their lives. Bankers curtly told them that the money would be adjusted against old farm loan dues. Farmers have not cleared their loans after the state government announced waiver of all agricultural loans up to Rs 1.5 lakh. The loan waiver scheme is yet to be implemented.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Ryots-fall-from-the-frying-pan-into-fire/articleshow/46547235.cms

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AP Farmers want their consent letters back

Vijayawada: The farmers of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) village on Saturday held a protest at the local CRDA office, demanding that the officials return the consent letters that they have given earlier. The development, according to the villagers, was not because of the recent tour of the YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy or the Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan. But, it was due to the failure of the government to ‘acquire’ the lands from those farmers who have refused to give their land in pooling.

Nowluru ryots stage protest at CRDA office
Seek to withdraw their nod for land takeover
Fear of land acquisition act made them give nod
They were also afraid of losing compensation
But, govt failure to invoke land act on unwilling farmers emboldens them

The farmers of Nowluru village of Mangalagiri mandal went to the local CRDA office in the village on Saturday evening and asked the officials that their consent letters be returned. Shocked at the demand, the officials said that they have no powers to return the letters. The farmers were irked at the reply and raised slogans against the officials for not returning their letters. As the farmers held protest inside the office, the officials available there advised them to approach the senior officials including the CRDA commissioner or the Guntur district Collector

“We have given the consent letters only due to fear of the government invoking the Land Acquisition Act and depositing the compensation in the banks. We have given the letters after February 25, when the government had set the deadline. We were scared of losing both the land and the compensation too. So we have given the letters,” Vasantha Rao said. He further added that he had lost one acre of land 30 years ago when the Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTM-UDA) acquired lands for township.

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-03-08/AP-Farmers-want-their-consent-letters-back-136039

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Singapore ‘free’ capital offer has huge hidden cost TNN

HYDERABAD: In a proposal that could give advantage to Singapore at the cost of Andhra Pradesh, the island nation, in the draft master plan for the new capital of the residuary state, has offered to construct the core administrative buildings free of cost. In return, however, Singapore has sought about 10,000 acres of land in the capital region which it would develop for real estate purposes.

For the cost of the construction of government buildings like assembly, secretariat, residential areas for officials, Raj Bhavan, CM camp office, courts, etc, Singapore might get roughly 10,000 acres in the CRDA region, said the officials.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Singapore-free-capital-offer-has-huge-hidden-cost/articleshow/46472234.cms

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Naidu usurping fertile lands: Jagan

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-03-04/Naidu-usurping-fertile-lands-Jagan-135160

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