Addressing his first Independence Day celebration in Vijayawada, chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy talked about socio-economic and political equality among the people. He said that India was able to send away British rulers and achieved own rulers, but have failed to make the governments and development inclusive over the last 72 years. He said that the fruits of democracy have not reached the neglected sections, who are away from development. He expressed concern over increasing corruption in governance and said that politics, development and other benefits of the self-governance were deprived and denied to several sections of the people.
Jaganmohan Reddy said that he had come to power to correct this practice and give due share to the people. He had already given 60 per cent share in the Cabinet to these neglected sections. His new legislations have promised 50 per cent share to the SC, ST, BC, Minority and women in all government nominated posts and the nominated works. These initiatives would bring political and economic empowerment of these sections, which have been denied to them for all these 72 years of Impudence, he said.
The chief minister was also happy that he could make a new law promising 75 per cent of jobs in industries and factories to the local people. The government would give skill training to the people to make them fit for these jobs. This initiative too would bring people in the process of development, he added. He took a dig at the opposition for putting up strong resistance to his initiatives in power purchase agreements, retendering in irrigation and other contracts. He said that the power had become too costly in the State with the previous government paying more money than required for the private power companies. He was planning to bring down this financial burden on the State and industry by reducing the prices. However, there was stiff resistance to these initiatives.
He referred to the irrigation contracts where the previous government had paid huge amounts to the contractors from the state exchequer which could be brought down to the reasonable level and save government money. While he was working on being answerable to the peoples’ money, the opposition was creating problems to him, he said. He looked very clear on his moves and claims that his moves bring socio-economic and political empowerment of the people after seven decades of Independence. It is to be seen how he would make this a reality facing stern opposition and resistance from the political forces.