Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital on Tuesday and submitted his wish list. Despite being tied-up with the hectic Parliament session, which was considering the Kashmir bill, the Prime Minister spent over an hour with Jaganmohan Reddy in the Parliament House. The two leaders had a one-to-one meeting all through before having a photo session with the YSR Congress MPs.
The chief minister had briefed the prime minister about his Navarathnalu programmes aimed at the welfare and development of the State. He also explained in detail his decision to review the power purchase agreements, Polavaram project and the Amaravati city project. He justified the PPAs review on the ground that the previous Chandrababu Naidu government had paid huge amounts to the private power producers at the cost of the government power generating units. The State was made to pay Rs 20,000 crore to the private power companies for the power purchased from them, while the government had lost over Rs 7,000 crore as the power generation in the government sector was reduced.
On Polavaram and Amaravati too, the chief minister said his government was enquiring into the irregularities committed by Chandrababu Naidu government and would come back shortly with a detailed report. However, in the meanwhile, the chief minister wanted the Central government to release Rs 16,000 crore towards land acquisition and compensation to the project displaced families.
The chief minister also explained to the prime minister about the water grid proposed by the AP and Telangana States. He told them that the project was estimated to cost Rs 60,000 crore for the two states and it would ensure surplus water for the two States by diverting Godavari water to Krishna at Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar. The chief minister requested the prime minister to extend financial support to the project.
Jaganmohan Reddy had also sought to remind the prime minister about the special category status and the funds to the backward districts. The chief minister had also met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and would be meeting President and vice-president on today, before leaving Delhi.