TDP supremo Nara Chandra Babu Naidu, who sworn in as the first Chief Minister of the new State of Andhra Pradesh on June 8, 2014, completed one month in power today without any proper facilities, for that matter, without even an office at the Secretariat. This throws light at the pathetic conditions in which AP is bifurcated and the challenges new government is facing through. Adding to the existing woes, tragic incidents like gas pipeline explosion in GAIL, Nagaram of East Godavari district, collapse of 11-storey building in Chennai claiming many lives of AP labourers, washing away of Hyderabad Engineering students in Beas river, Himachal Pradesh. Below is an indepth look at Babu’s one-month rule.
Chandra Babu Naidu turned out to be a ‘King without Kingdom’ in this one-month of power. As the new state is yet to get its own capital and fact that Babu don’t even have an office in Secretariat in Hyderabad, carrying out functioning became miserable for new government and its officials. In fact, Mr Naidu had announced in the past that the new capital will come between Vijayawada and Guntur but it is yet to be made official. Babu is waiting for the Sivaramakrishnan Committee to submit its final report in August. Only after that the new capital will be finalised. Meanwhile, Babu has sought Rs 5000 Crore from Centre as token fund for capital city in the first phase.
The administration set up seems to have paralysed post bifurcation. The allotment of government employees and All India Service officers to both the states has not yet been done. No one knows which employee is working in which government.
Chandra Babu has first made his signature to constitute a committee to look into all sort of aspects to waive of loans of farmers, Dwacra. Babu is firm on implementing his key poll promise of farm-loan waiver and is working in that direction. Babu held talks with RBI authorities and tried his best to convince them with his plan. As of now, he is awaiting for the final nod from RBI. Once it is done, farm-loan waiver would be a reality.
Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)
One of the most crucial and controversial decison taken by Babu in this one month is to cancel the Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). With this Babu stirred a hornet’s nest and this instantly drew ire of Telangana government. Babu made it clear that he has nothing personal against Telangana, and said that AP has no surplus power to sell it to neighbouring states.
Taking everyone by surprise, Chandra Babu has taken a remarkable decisioin to abolish the ‘Belt’ shops. The move is to protect the families of poor and needy and stabilize their financial status, health condition. Women across villages lauded the move and gave thunderous welcome to the decision.
NTR Sujala Sravanthi
NTR Sujala Sravanthi programme in which 25 liters of mineral water would be provided for Rs 2 for each family in the state would kick off from October 2. The move is significant as existing protected driniking water supply failed to meet the needs of people. The scheme will be implemented by setting up one drinking water unit with an expenditure of Rs 5.75 lakh in each village and town.
Hike in Retirement
The increase in the retirement age of government employees from 58 years to 60 years gave a big boost to their families. In fact, this provoked employees of Telangana to look forward to render services in AP.
24X7 Power Supply
Chandra Babu is chalking out a plan to develop AP into model for power distribution in India. He already met Unioin Power Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi a week ago and convinced him with a strategy. Piyush has sent a special team to AP to look after the challenges in supplying 24X7 power to households and Industries. If all goes well, AP will distribute power round the clock within 15 days, first of its kind in India.
Babu held several meetings with various industrialits and asked them to come forward to invest in AP. Babu is going to invite Ambanis, Tatas to set up their units in Seemandhra. Meanwhile, Babu has invited Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to AP and planning to bring IT boost to new state. Efforts are on to make Anantapur as hardware hub and Vizag as Software destination.
Babu has reacted sharply on every natural or human tragedy in the one month. He swung into action. Chandra Babu not just sent Minister P. Narayana to site and monitor the rescue operations, but he has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the 24 students who were washed away in Beas river tragedy. Chandra Babu acted swiftly in the issue of GAIL pipeline blast tragedy in East Godavari.Government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 Lakh to kin of deceased victims. Rs 20 Lakh from GAIL (India) Ltd, Rs 3 Lakh from CM Relief Fund and Rs 2 Lakh from PM Relief Fund. Babu announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 Lakh to the families of Vizianagaram people who lost their lives in Chennai building collapse incident and Rs 50,000 for injured victims.
On whole, Babu’s one-month rule received mixed response. Considering massive expectations on him, Babu has to go long way to deliver them. Yes, it’s not a cake walk.