The Hindu – Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy called on Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday evening. In the meeting that lasted one-and-a-half hour, the Mr. Jagan and Mr. Shah had a wide range of discussions on several key issues of the State, including Polavaram.
Mr. Jagan appealed to the Union Home Minister to accord administrative sanction to the Polavaram project revised cost estimate of ₹55,656.87 crore considering the escalation of cost of the project. The Chief Minister apprised the Home Minister of the cost escalation in view of the increase of land to be acquired from 1.02 lakh acres to 1.55 lakh acres.
The increase in land acquisition is due to the implementation of Land Acquisition Act-2013, Mr. Jagan said. The number of displaced families has risen from 44,574 to 1.06 lakh, and hence, more money would be needed to pay for package under the relief and rehabilitation.
The Chief Minister appealed to the Centre to disburse ₹1,644.23 crore as they have been pending since December 2018.
Reiterating the State Government’s resolve to decentralise administration, Mr. Jagan said that the State government was committed to establishing Executive capital at Visakhapatnam, Legislative capital at Amaravati and Judicial capital at Kurnool and the AP Decentralisation and Comprehensive Development of all Regions Act was passed in August 2020.
The Chief Minister also appealed to Mr. Shah to issue a renotification for setting up High Court at Kurnool and reminded that the BJP had listed the issue in its election manifesto in 2019.
The Chief Minister also appealed to the Home Minister to take measures towards setting up a Tribal University in Vizianagaram district and said that the State government had identified 250 acres.
Mr. Jagan raised the issue of Special Category Status and said that granting of SCS was vital to the fortunes of the State. States which had received SCS would receive grants from the Centre which will trigger industrial development…
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