Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a third time in the last four months. He renewed the demand for the special category status and sought additional support to the State from the Centre. The chief minister had a one-hour long meeting with the Prime Minister in Delhi, where the two leaders discussed about the issues concerning the State.
Besides renewing the demand for the grant of special category status to the State, the chief minister had also sought renewed financial assistance to the backward district, immediate launch of the works for the steel plant in Kadapa, port in Ramayapatnam, petro complex at Kakinada and Visakhapatam-Chennai corridor.
The chief minister had also explained the proposed Godavari-Krishna river link to meet the water requirements of the Krishna river command area. The river link is proposed together by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state governments, on which Telangana is working. The chief minister had reportedly told the Prime Minister that river linking is a must and major project in the State as there is no water in Krishna, while the water in Godavari is going waste into the sea.
Jaganmohan Reddy had also reportedly discussed about the reverse tendering system that was adopted in the State in the case of Polavaram Project and Amaravati city. He had presented a brief report on reverse tendering where the government had saved over Rs 800 crore on project head works and hydro project, besides some other works in Polavaram and Rs 59 crore in dredging and other works in Package 65.
The sources in the Chief Minister’s Office say that the chief minister had also briefed the Prime Minister about his initiatives on Amaravati capital, where according to him the previous Chandrababu Naidu government had indulged in huge corruption including insider trading. He had explained in detail the insider trading by the TDP leaders in land deals, besides the huge corruption in the infrastructure contracts, which his government is reviewing.
Finally, the chief minister had invited the prime minister to visit Nellore on October 15 to launch the YSR Rythu Bharosa, where his government is giving Rs 12,500 to each farmer towards crop investment. However, it is not known what the prime minister had told the chief minister on his invitation.