Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.,) on the evening of the 12th of February, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The meeting started at 4:00 P.M., at the residence of Mr. Modi in Delhi. During the meeting, which lasted for 2 hours, Jagan Mohan Reddy discussed the current issues in A.P.
The major topics discussed were the release of funds for the Polavaram Project, a Special Category Status (SCS) to A.P., the three State capital proposal and the abolition of the State Legislative Council, among others.
Speaking about the funds for the Polavaram Project, the Jagan Mohan Reddy led Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) Government sought Rs. 33,010 crores as a part of the resettlement and rehabilitation (R and R) package. The YSRCP intends to complete the multipurpose project by 2021.
The Project, which has an estimated cost of Rs. 55,549 crores, saw an investment of Rs. 3,320 crores by the State Government.
Jagan Mohan Reddy also spoke about granting the SCS to the State under the A.P., Reorganisation Act, 2014, to overcome the financial crisis the State is facing right now.
Mr. Reddy said according to the A.P., Reorganisation Act, 2014, the Central Government agreed to pay a financial deficit of Rs. 22,948.76 crores with an additional amount of Rs. 18,969.26 crores.
Another major issue discussed during the meeting was the release of funds for the recently proposed and passed bills for the decentralisation of Andhra Pradesh’s capital. In December 2019, the YSRCP Government proposed to have 3 State capitals instead of one. While the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Government planned to make Amaravati the State Capital, the current YSRCP Government proposed to have 2 more capitals, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool, along with Amaravati.
With regard to this, the CM of Andhra Pradesh reminded Mr. Modi the Central Government released only Rs. 1,000 crores for the construction of the State capital.
Jagan Mohan Reddy also discussed the recently launched A.P., Disha Act, 2019. Jagan Mohan Reddy requested PM Modi to direct the Central Home Ministry to approve the Disha Act to ensure the safety of women in Andhra Pradesh.
PM Modi is yet to respond to all the requests of the Government of Andhra Pradesh.