The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Saturday, extended an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inauguration of prestigious 'YSR Raithu Bharosa' scheme in the state. The CM also discussed several other issues with PM Modi for at least one and a half hours. The inauguration of the scheme for which CM Reddy has invited PM Modi was one of Reddy’s major promises during his election campaign. It is scheduled to be launched on October 15 at Nellore. This scheme will benefit around 53 lakh farmers, which includes tenant farmers as well.
According to an official statement released on Saturday, the Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy also requested the Central government for an additional grant-in-aid. The statement said, "Reddy has requested the Centre to release the funds in time and to cooperate for the development of the state. In view of this, the Chief Minister has requested for Rs 40,000 crores as grant-in-aid to the state. The central government's response looks positive on this issue and the Chief Minister had asked to give revenue deficit amount and additional funds required for the state immediately”.
CM Jagan Mohan Reddy also asked the central government to reimburse the money spent by the state government for the Polavaram Project. The state invested Rs 5,103 crores in the project, which the Central government needs to reimburse. Apart from this, CM Reddy also asked the Centre to release at least Rs 16,000 crores with immediate effect in order to complete the Polvaram project works as soon as possible. CM Jagan Mohan Reddy also requested to approve the revised budget estimation of Rs 55,548 crores for the Polvaram project. Earlier, senior officers from Andhra Pradesh had also met officials from the Prime Minister's Office on August 23, 2019.
CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Friday, launched the 'YSR Vahana Mitra scheme' at Eluru. This scheme provides assistance to auto-drivers in Andhra Pradesh. 'YSR Vahana Mitra scheme' is named after Jagan Mohan Reddy's late father and former Andhra Pradesh CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy. The scheme provides about Rs 10,000 allowance to self-employed drivers of autos, taxis & maxi-taxis. This amount is reportedly given for recurring expenses of insurance, repair, and maintenance of the vehicles.