High-power panel on Capital issue
Andhra Pradesh Government will constitute a high-power committee to study the GN Rao Committee Report and the Boston Consultancy Group (BCG) Report on the comprehensive development of the State and assured the farmers of the region that their problems would be addressed to.
Speaking to media after the Cabinet meeting here on Friday, Information Minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nani) said Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy wanted decentralization of development and equal representation to all regions. He is committed to the creation of the Legislative capital in Amaravati. Even the GN Rao Committee wants the government to continue the development activities that are taking place in the region. The farmers of the region should come forward for discussions instead of taking up an agitation, the minister said.
While the GN Rao Committee has submitted its report, the BCG will be submitted its report in January first week and the High-Power Committee will study both the Reports and give its recommendations on which a decision will be taken, he said.
If at all the farmers of Amaravati region have to stage a dharna or an agitation, it should be done in front of former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu who had pooled in 33,000 acres of land in the region but had not even developed 1,000 acres of land. Had Naidu completed the capital construction during his regime, this situation would not have arisen. While he claimed that Rs 1.09 lakh crore was needed for the project earlier, now he is saying that it is a self-financed project.
With Rs 1.09 lakh core on hand, the priorities could differ. We think of utilising such money on welfare sector for Aarogyasri, Fees Reimbursement, irrigation projects, Polavaram, water grid, housing and other such schemes. Should we sacrifice these schemes for a dream city was also discussed at length in the cabinet meeting, he said.
If Naidu really thought it to be a self-financed project, he could have raised Rs 1.09 lakh crore by selling the 33,000 acres of land. The farmers should ask Naidu why he did not do that and had he done that they need not have taken up the agitation now, the minister said.
The minister said not a single permanent structure has been built here. That too it was projected that roads were constructed at a cost of Rs 46 crore per kilometer. Similarly, tenders were called for a never-before financial foreclosure of Rs 50,000 crore for the construction work in the region. People of the state and especially the farmers of the region were deceived in the name of the capital, the minister said.