Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, on the 19th of October, conducted a review meeting over the sand policy in the State.
Once again, Mr. Reddy made it clear that there is no corruption in sand mining and supply of sand. He said there should be transparency in the sand policy, and ensured it to be accessible to the public with reasonable prices.
It was also suggested to increase the efficiency in sand supply and quality sand.
The Andhra Pradesh CM predicted that if the capacity of the sand rigs was increased, large companies and the Central Government agencies would also seek the sand from Andhra Pradesh, benefiting the sand mining in the State.
In regard to this, Mr. Reddy conducted a review meeting at his camp office on the new sand policy.
During the meeting, the Jagan Mohan Reddy issued several instructions and directives to the officers and ministers.
During the review, CM Jagan said that the transparency should be implemented in sand excavations and asserted that the challan should be issued so that anyone can come and take the sand.
Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said, “The cost should be confirmed constituency-wise or region-wise.”
He said that the sand should be supplied on subsidy to government structures and houses of weaker sections by giving tokens. If locals need sand, they can be given coupons and sand be supplied at a subsidized price.
Mr. Jagan also said, “We need to look at how many kilometers of sand can be supplied to villages in river basins at a subsidized rate.”
Concluding the meeting after referring to all these issues during the meeting, CM Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the cabinet to give a press release before finalizing the sand policy and seek the suggestions and advises of the people.
Ministers Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Perni Nani, Kodali Nani and senior officials of the Panchayati Raj were present at the meeting.
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