Vijayawada:: Pre-budget meetings from Thursday:: Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu will hold pre-budget meetings from Thursday. He will meet economic experts on the first day. He will meet Ministers of various departments on the subsequent days and discuss the allocations to be made to each department.
Hyderabad:: Notice to APNGOs’ president Ashok Babu:: A Division Bench of the Hyderabad High Court comprising of Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Uma Devi issued a notice to Ashok Babu, president of APNGO Association for alleged violation of orders regarding usage of APNGO Bhavan in Hyderabad by Bhagyanagar NGOs. The Bench was dealing with a contempt case filed by Bhagyanagar Telangana NGO president. The Bench adjourned the case by four weeks.
Vijayawada:: Panel to examine AP Police Act 2017:: The State government has constituted a three-member committee to examine the draft of the Andhra Pradesh Police Act, 2017. The DGP has forwarded the draft to the newly formed government appointed Secretary (Political) and Secretary (Law) as members and Principal Secretary (Home) as Member-Convener of the committee to examine the draft. The Committee has been directed to submit the approval draft to the government in 15 days.
Kakinada:: ‘No truth in TDP’s allegations:: BJP State Executive Committee member Pydah Krishna Mohan and Ungarala Venkata Ramana speaking to media said that ‘the State government instead of making better use of the funds is accusing the Centre of showing step-motherly treatment to the State’. The Centre had allocated nine educational institutions besides giving clearances and releasing funds for the Polavaram irrigation project. A sum of Rs.1 lakh crore had been sanctioned for laying new roads in the State. They said that though the Centre had sanctioned houses, the State failed to allocate sites for the construction on the dwellings for the poor, they said.
Vijayawada:: APP evinces interest in investing in the State:: The Asia Paper Pulp has evinced interest in investing in the State. The company proposes to set up a plant to manufacture 3 tonnes to 5 tonnes of paper per day. APP Executive Director Suresh Kilam and others met the Chief Minister to discuss the business plans. The Executive Director wanted 2,500 acres of land in the coastal area to set up the plant. The company produces only packaging paper. He would submit the feasibility report in 50 days after land was finalized. The company also needed a gestation period of 30 months, he said.
Tirupati:: SCS before next elections unlikely, Chinta Mohan:: former MP Chinta Mohan said that granting of SCS to the State in the present political scenario is next to impossible. Speaking to media, he termed the efforts of the ruling TDP as well as the Opposition for SCS a political trick to stay in the limelight. He predicted an undercurrent which he opined would lead to a new leadership in the State in 2019.
Amaravati :: CM discusses price issue with cement companies:: Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the price of cement for various government works at the Secretariat today. The price of cement being supplied for use at the Polavaram project site was discussed in detail. Principal Secretary of Water Resources Shashi Bhushan Kumar explained that cement was being supplied by the companies at Rs.250 a bag for Polavaram dam works. The cement companies were summoned because there was a reduction in the price in cement in the market. The cement company representatives said that they fixed Rs.250 per bag till completion of the project and were ready to absorb any fluctuation in price until then.
Amaravati:: 200 Anna canteens in the first phase:: Minister for Municipal Administration P.Narayana said that 200 Anna canteens will start functioning from June 2, 2018. Speaking to media today, he said that permanent buildings will be constructed for the canteens. He said that the sites have been identified so far.