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AP current charges highest in South India: TDP

Artificial power shortage created to buy power
Naidu presides key leaders’ meeting
CM pushed surplus power sector into deep crisis
AMARAVATI: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), at a meeting of important leaders presided over by party National President and former CM N. Chandrababu Naidu, on Monday expressed concern that the current rates were the highest in Andhra Pradesh when compared to all other States in South India.
The TDP leaders said that over Rs. 36,000 Cr burden was placed on the people by hiking power charges for over 6 times in the past two and half years of Jaganmohan Reddy regime. An artificial power scarcity was created only for the sake of huge commission through purchase of power in the open market. The Chandrababu regime handed over a surplus power sector but CM Jagan Reddy has pushed it into debts and a deep crisis within a short period of time.
The TDP meeting condemned the manner in which the Government was tightening the noose around the necks of farmers by fixing meters on agricultural motors. Unscheduled power cuts were dealing a heavy blow to all sections of people. There was no money to pay for coal purchases. The current connections were being disconnected to the Government schools for not paying the current bills. Before 2014, AP was facing a 22.5 mu deficit power but the TDP achieved 10,000 MW additional power.
Condemning the Government’s ‘attitude’, the TDP leaders said that the State would not be required to buy power at Rs. 15 to Rs. 20 per unit if generation was increased at the AP power plants. The Government and its undertakings should pay Rs. 22,000 Cr dues to the DISCOMs to solve the immediate problem. In 2014, the Chandrababu rule solved the problem of current cuts in just three months. But now, there were power cuts everywhere with no solution in sight.
The TDP leaders said that it was the YSRCP leaders who got a petition filed in the court in order to obstruct the house sites distribution programme. On the other hand, they were using this to blame the TDP. The Centre released Rs. 3,700 Cr for housing but over 2,000 Cr of this was diverted. The court cases were filed now with an ulterior motive to avoid making payments to the housing beneficiaries. The YCP MLAs themselves were saying that the houses built by the Jagan regime would not be useful for holding ‘first night’ leave alone living there.
Some TDP leaders slammed the ruling YSRCP for betraying women in the name of Aasara benefits. The previous regime gave benefits to 98 lakh women but the Jagan rule reduced this number to 78 lakh. Injustice was done to the SC, ST, BC and Minority women. The TDP deposited Rs. 21,000 Cr in DWCRA women accounts but the Jagan regime did not give even Rs. 10,000 Cr. Moreover, conspiracies were being hatched to rob the DWCRA funds.
The Telugu Desam deplored that the AP State was turned into a den of drugs in just two and half years. Noted red sander smuggler Gangi Reddy came out of jail. Thousands of crores rupees worth of drug smuggling was started in the name of Aashi Trading Company. Aashi was nothing but a nickname of Alishah’s daughter. The CM was giving one and only priority to ganja, heroin, hair and other smuggling gangs. IT officials found Rs. 500 Cr irregularities in companies of Jagan co accused Ayodhya Rami Reddy and Hetero Parthasaradhi Reddy.
The TDP leaders demanded that the CM should change his attitude at least after the High Court’s orders on the NREGS bills. The TDP decided to continue its legal struggles for pendings bills of Neeru Chettu, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Anganwadi Gokulam and Solid Waste Management works. The CM did injustice to the Government employees and the CPS has not been cancelled till now. Fake IDs were being used to create caste conflicts by posting hate messages on social media.

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