-AP revenue higher but CM not giving PRC: TDP
-Jagan talks with employees leaders one sided: MLC
-CM’s past promises raised expectations of employees
AMARAVATI: TDP MLC P. Ashok Babu on Friday strongly criticised Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy for trying to ‘betray’ the Government employees by not giving the expected PRC under the pretext of financial crisis in the State.
Ashok Babu said that the manner in which the CM was holding talks with the employees’ leaders was giving rise to doubts whether he was willing to give PRC or not. During the talks, Jagan Reddy gave priority to only blowing his own trumpet and to praising his father YSR’s regime rather than listening to the problems of the employees.
Addressing a press conference here, the TDP MLC termed it as unfortunate that the leaders of employees associations were more elated for being able to meet with the Chief Minister and not at all appeared interested in protecting the interests of the employees and their families. The Government was not thinking about the sad plight of the employees if they were given 27 percent IR but only 14.29 percent fitment.
Ashok Babu objected to the CM’s argument that there should be no comparison with Telangana while holding talks about the pay revision. In that case, why did the Chief Minister agree with the Secretaries’ Committee report that recommended slashing of HRA along the lines of Telangana. It would not be correct for the rulers to make decisions to suit their convenience.
AP revenue higher but CM not giving PRC
The TDP MLC said that Andhra Pradesh got Rs. 35,000 Cr more revenue than Telangana by getting Rs. 1.25 Lakh Crore by October 2021 as against Rs. 90,586 Cr of the neighbouring
State. Moreover, AP revenue has increased many times because of liquor sales, GST, higher petrol and diesel rates and other taxes. This was as per the CAG report only.
Jagan talks with employees leaders one sided
Ashok Babu accused the Govt of making false claims on lesser revenue and financial problems in order to do injustice to the employees. If the leaders of employees associations had prior understanding of the financial crisis they should not have gone for talks with the CM. All that would only be an empty gesture.
He said that in the past, when Chandrababu offered 20 percent IR.Jaganmohan Reddy came forward to give 27 percent. Based on this promise, the employees hoped Jagan would give a better and higher fitment. Now, the situation was totally different. Even the PRC report was not being given to the employees. It was clear that they abandoned a milk-giving cow and bought a kicking bison.
Ashok Babu deplored that a misinformation campaign was launched in Sakshi media that employees salaries were putting a big burden on the State. Actually, it was the YSRCP regime which brought the volunteers and grama secretariat system. The RTC was merged with the State Government. Because of all these, there was an additional burden of Rs. 6,200 Cr. When the YSRCP regime took these decisions, it should have studied their financial implications.