The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy met the Union Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah on Tuesday and discussed various issues concerning the state. He also discussed issues related to the implementation of the mega Polavaram irrigation project with the Home Minister. Apart from all of this, Jagan Mohan Reddy also greeted Amit Shah on his birthday as he turned 55 on Tuesday, October 22.
The 40-minute long meeting between the Home Minister and the Andhra Pradesh CM witnessed discussions on the state's financial situation and other challenges. The issues included implementation of the Polavaram irrigation project, new capital city and issues pertaining to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. CM Jagan Mohan Reddy is making many efforts to develop a good connection with the Centre as the state of Andhra Pradesh is going through an acute financial crisis. The state also has a long mounting expenditure bill as numerous new doles for different sections have been introduced in the state. As per the PTI report, the state government suggests that Andhra Pradesh's debt burden is estimated to be Rs 2,58,928 crore by the end of 2019 fiscal. As per government data, revenue deficit in 2018-19 was estimated to be Rs 11,654.91 crore, down from Rs 16,151.68 crore in the previous year.
Earlier in October, the Andhra Pradesh CM also met PM Modi and held a discussion with him on similar lines. They discussed the Polavaram project, bifurcation issues, and the new capital city as well. CM Reddy also invited PM Modi for the launch of the farmer welfare scheme ‘Rythu Bharosa' scheme in the state. The scheme was the YSR Congress' poll promise. The Chief Minister's meeting with PM Modi lasted for an hour as both discussed the state-related issues.