Andhra Pradesh News on January 18, 2014
January 18, 2014 - Hyderabad
- 'BJP will fight for justice of Seemandhra', says Haribabu
BJP National Executive Committee member and Seemandhra leader Haribabu said that they would stag protest in Delhi demanding amendments to the Telangana Bill and justice to Seemandhra. He said that they will stage dharna at Jantar Mantar on January 20. Speaking press, he said acceptance of the bill as it is would cause great injustice to the people of Seemandhra. Seemandhra leaders will meet the national leaders on January 21 and if the President did not extend time for the discussion, they will stay in Delhi and fight for an amicable solution. .
- 'We will meet Narendra Modi and seek support', says APNGOs
APNGO's president said on Saturday that they will meet the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the first week of February and seeks his support for the cause of united Andhra Pradesh. He said that they will explain him that the decision to bifurcate of the State was taken only for political gains. 'Chalo Parliament' agitational programme would be taken up as part of agitation for Samikhayndhra, he said. Ashok Babu said that on January 22, a dharna would be staged seeking Samaikyandhra.
- Dr IV Rao likely to continue as Vice Chancellor of Dr.NTR Health University
According to sources, Dr IV Rao is likely to be continued as the Vice-Chancellor of Dr NTR Health University. It may be recalled that the Government has appointed a search committee to recommend a name for the Vice Chancellor post. The term of Rao will be completed by the end of February and sources said that after pursuing of the applications, they are likely to recommend the name of Dr IV Rao as Vice Chancellor and will continue in the post for a period of three years if appointed.
- Educational managements are neglecting 'Fee reimbursement scheme', says Minister Pithani Satyanarayana
Minister Pithani Satyanarayana on Saturday said that the managements of educational institutions are neglecting the 'Fee Reimbursement Scheme'. He said that the government has released Rs.2,100 crore for the purpose but actually Rs.82 crore was reached to the students. The minister said that only it reached to 2 lakh students and the government has given exemption for intermediate students from bio-metric system, he added.
- Seemandhra MLAs writes to Centre seeks clarifications
The Seemandhra MLAs on Saturday in a letter to the Centre wanted clarifications on nine issues. They submitted the letter to the Speaker Nadendla Manohar who redirected the same to Chief Secretary for action. The issues for which clarifications sought are: 1. Suggestions of legal, financial and Water body departments; 2. Attorney General opinion on Common Capital; 3. Attorney General opinion on vesting powers to the Governor; 4. Status of Anthony committee that appointed to seek opinion of Seemandhra problems; 5. Union Finance Ministry opinion on common capital; 6. Home department's rationale of keeping Bhadrachalam in Telangana region; 7. Water related issues belongs to State and to what extent the authority of Centre on it is valid legally; 8. Whether Constitutional amendment is required for distribution of power from captive power stations to State governments
- CPI State Secretary writes to President no to give additional time
Communist Party of India State Secretary K Narayana on Saturday in a letter urged the President of India not to extend time given for discussion of AP State Reorganization Bill 2013. In his letter, he said that the members of the Assembly has misutilized the valuable 40 days' time given, he said.
- Stage set to take over Nizam Sugar Factories
A sub-committee appointed on takeover of Nizam Sugar Factories has recommended the State Government to take over Nizam Sugar factories. Ministers Sunitha Lakshma Reddy and Sudarshan Reddy said that they will be forwarding the report to the government for a final call.
- Government issues order enhancing home guard wages
The State Government on Saturday issued orders enhancing the wage of Home guards from Rs.200 to Rs.300 per day working in Police department. Principal Secretary of Home Department TP Das issued orders to this effect. It may be recalled here that they were agitating sufficiently long time for the enhancement of wages that took a final shape on Saturday. A total of 27,282 Homeguards are working in the Police department.
- 'VRA salary increased', says Raghuveera Reddy
Minister for Revenue, Raghu Veera Reddy said on Saturday that the salary of Village Revenue Assistant (VRA) has been hiked from Rs.3,000 to Rs.6,000. The file is under the consideration of the Chief Minister, he added.
- Prepares to become ex-minister at any time', says Pithani Satyanarayana
Speaking to media on Saturday, Minister Pithani Satyanarayana said that they are prepared to resign at any time immediately after the completion of the debate on the on-going AP State Reorganization Bill 2013. He dismissed the rumours of floating a new party by Kiran Kumar Reddy. However, he said that pressures on mounting in this direction, he added. .
- '9,024 amendments received for AP State Reorganization Bill 2013', says Speaker
Andhra Pradesh Speaker Nadendla Manohar said that as many 9,024 amendments were received for the AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 and copies of it will be distributed to all the members on Monday. It may be recalled here that the President had sent the Bill to obtain member's opinion on the Bill. The amendments includes ranging from Government employee, Hyderabad, Employees' pension, Common capital, High Court, electricity, new plants, educational institutions etc.
- Formation of Telangana State is imminent, says Lok Satta chief Jayaprakash Narayan
Lok Satta party national president Dr Jayaprakash Narayan participating in the debate on Saturday said that formation of Telangana State with Hyderabad is imminent. He said that Lok Satta party is in favour of creation of separate Telangana State with Hyderabad. Keeping the State united in the present situation will lead to many more problems in future. He said that there should not be any political boundaries among the people of these two regions and added that it is a political division but not social division and is evident from the ruling ministers themselves. Jayaprakash Narayan said that the Parliament has no right to interfere in the decision of the State according to 7th Schedule of the Constitution, he said.
Giving statistical and comparative figures, Jayaprakash Narayan wanted all the districts should be made cities and said that keeping all the machinery, industries, educational and all one place led to the present situation and to avoid such in future wanted bifurcation of all these to various districts will make self-reliant, he said.
- 'Offering Rajya Sabha seat to Balakrishna is a part of trap', says former MP Harikrishna
Giving rise to sensational remarks, former Rajya Sabha member Nandamuri Harikrishna said that offering Rajya Sabha seat to his brother Balakrishna is a part of the trap laid. Speaking to media on Saturday morning, he said that he never said that he was in favour of division of the State and these are the rumours floated by some of the party leaders. He added that he never spoke to YSRCP president Jagan Mohan Reddy, he condemned. He said that the present unfortunate state of affairs should have been avoided had NTR alive, said Harikrishna.
- Former Chief Minister, NT Rama Rao remembered
Legendary actor and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao's 18th death anniversary was observed on Saturday. Family members of Nandamuri family, TDP leaders and activists paid tributes by laying flowers. TDP president Nara Chandrababu Naidu, his wife Bhuwaneswari, son Lokesh, NT Rama Rao's sons Harikrishna, Junior NTR, Kalyan Ram are some of the family members among those present.
'We are proud of NT Rama Rao', says Naidu,
TDP president Chandrababu Naidu said NT Rama Rao is one whom we feel proud of. He said that the struggle he took for the self-respect of the people is ever remembered.
'Had NTR alive, the present situations should not have come', says Purandeswari
NT Rama Rao's daughter and Union Minister Purandeswari after paying tributes to her father at NTR ghat on Saturday said that had NTR alive, the present state of affairs should not have come, she said.
- YSRCP is very clear on the stand
YSRCP MLA Karunakar Reddy speaking on the debate said that the YSRCP had clear stand on the division of the State and it always wants the State united. He said TDP is two eyed policy and challenged the TDP members to say 'Jai Samikhayndhra' with Chandrababu Naidu. He said that Telangana region has developed only in the YSR rule and the party is always against the division of the State both in the House as well outside, said Bhumana Karunakar Reddy. YSRCP is supporting the division of the State is not correct, he said.
- ACB conducted raids on check-posts across the State
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday morning conducted simultaneous raids across the check-posts in the State and recovered unaccounted cash and arrested some persons. They conducted raids in Ananthapur, Chittoor, Srikakulam, Nellore, Nizamabad, Adilabad and Shamshabad.
- Director General of Police Prasada Rao has visited the Mulugu agency area in Warangal district today. He inaugurated a police station in Eturunagaram and later reviewed the security arrangements made for the Medaram jatara.