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YSRCP president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (File Photo/ANI)
YSRCP president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (File Photo/ANI)

Decentralization is the only way to ensure all-round development: Andhra chief minister

ANI | Updated: Sep 15, 2022 22:41 IST


Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), September 15 (ANI): Affirming that decentralization is the only way to ensure all-round development, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that he treats all regions equally and Vizag could be the natural choice (for state capital) as it is the biggest city in the state with readymade infrastructure and dubbed the Opposition sloganeering as sheer opportunism.
Participating in the short discussion on decentralization and administrative reforms on the opening day of the Assembly session here on Thursday, the Chief Minister lambasted the Opposition and its friendly media for the sloganeering on the capital city that was not built and could not be built by Chandrababu Naidu and said with a little boost Visakhapatnam would be the natural capital with an investment of Rs 10,000 crore which is less than 10 per cent of the estimate of the previous government to build the perceived capital city.
For the 53,000 acres of land, Chandrababu Naidu has estimated an expenditure of Rs 1.10 lakh crores for basic infrastructure and all that he could spend was just Rs 5,500 crores and that is the amount any government can spend and the previous government has kept Rs 2,297 cores as pending for us to clear, he said.
Taking a dig at the ongoing agitation, he said it is not for the development of Scs, STs, BCs or Minorities but to safeguard the interests of the wealthy class.
There is not much difference between the State budget of the previous and our governments and it is around Rs 2.50 crores. Then why didn't the previous government take up programmes like Amma Vodi, YSR Asara, Cheyutha, Rythu Bharosa and give Rs 1.65 lakh crores DBT under various schemes and how it could be possible for us, it is a matter of commitment and priority.

While the welfare of weaker sections is our priority, the welfare of only a section of society was the priority of Chandrababu Naidu.
The State in our view is the entire stretch of 1.62 lakh sq. km radius but not the 8 km radius of which there has been an agitation of late, the state consists of 3.96 crore acres and not just 50,000 acres and farmers of these lands along with all those who are benefitting through Rythu Bharosa are the farmers.
But the 'Gang of Four' has been spreading false notions and wanted to concentrate development in one region only besides writing and showing highly biased and opinionated stories.
"I have been telling about decentralization time and again. From setting up of village and ward secretariats to doubling the districts to 26 we have shown what decentralization could be and it has been doing wonders and during the calamities, the welfare delivery mechanism has been working well and effectively," he said.
Hitting hard at the ongoing Yatra by farmers, sponsored by Chandrababu Naidu and the Big Four, with funny slogans, he said that it is only to provoke people of other regions. (ANI)

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