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Chief Minister rules out Cabinet expansion


November 25, 2012 - Hyderabad

The Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday ruled out Cabinet expansion before the winter session in the back drop of some reports in the media channels on the possibility of Cabinet expansion.

Reacting over the reports, Kiran Kumar Reddy said that it was free for the media to interpret his statement to suit their needs. Charging over the TDP, he said that the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu did nothing to the people and he has to walk thousands of kilometers to wash away his sins. On the part of the YSRCP, he said that the party was only claiming credit for Congress schemes cleared by Sonia Gandhi which were initiated by YS Rajasekhara Reddy as Chief Minister. He said that the vanpic case is because of investments made in Jagan Mohan Reddy's firms and not because of 'quid pro quo' involving ministers as no one has accused the later of taking any money.

Rules out withdrawal of Fuel Surcharge Adjustment

Speaking to media at a get together in his camp office, the Chief Minister expressed his helplessness to do away with the Fuel Surcharge Adjustment on power bills. He said that due to political reasons, it was not imposed by the earlier governments and there is no way to withdraw it, he said. He said that nearly 4,500 MW generation capacity was lying idle due to lack of rains and shortage of gas.

Sops announced on completion of two year term

On the eve of completion of his stay as Chief Minister for two years, he announced five sops for the welfare of the weaker sections. He announced 'Rajiv Vidya Deewena' pre-matric scholarships for IX and X class students on saturation basis with Rs.120 crore and day-scholars would get Rs.2,250, Hostellers would be paid Rsl4,500. Four lakh SC and 1.60 lakh ST students will be benefitted to the tune of Rs.90 crores and 1.60 lakh ST students to the tune of Rs.30 crores. He also sanctioned 228 posts of teachers in Gurukulams and AP Tribal Welfare Residential Society. On the part of 'Indiramma Amrutha Hastham', he said two lakh pregnant and lactating mothers would get one cooked meal at a cost of Rs.100 crore and another decision was to sanction of Rs.50 crores for BC State Finance Federation.

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