YSRCP slams Cong. for shoddy governance: Aug 17, 2012

Hyderabad, August 17: Describing as spineless and inefficient, the governance in the State, YSRCP has censured the ruling Congress for its anti-people policies by imposing a slew of taxes and surcharges on power consumption besides being quiet on the problem of fertilizers scarcity. 

“On one hand it has done away with the welfare schemes introduced by YSR and on the other it has been burdening the common man by either imposing fresh taxes, increasing tariff or in any available form to fill its coffers and every section of society including students, farmers, women, senior citizens are not happy with the governance, “Party MLA, G Srikanth Reddy told reporters here on Friday. 

The power surcharge collection to mop up Rs 2,100 crores will badly affect the people who are already burdened with high tariff of power, which lacks quality and the supply being erratic. The increase in billing and the manner in which it is being supplied is against the poll promise made by YSR, who steered Congress to power for the second term in the State, he said. 

When domestic consumers are complaining that the billing has increased three-fold though the consumption is same and the power cuts have increased, the Vigilance Cell, set up by the State, has been intruding into houses in the name of assessing the power usage, he said.

All YSR welfare schemes are dumped, diluted or rehashed and the State has been very indifferent to the pro-people schemes, he said adding that the scarcity of fertilizers is a matter of grave concern and the manner in which the State has been handling the issue highlights its inefficiency and it has lost credibility.

Drawing contrast between the functioning of Congress at the Centre and State, he said, while Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has named the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the Coal-gate scandal running into lakhs of crores of rupees, Union Minister, Sri Prakash Jaiswal has come to the defense of Prime Minister and passed harsh remarks on CAG which also commented on airports. 

In contrast no minister of the YSR cabinet has come out in the open to defend the 26 GOs, after they were challenged. “Their silence, in defending the case in High Court, is proving to be very costly. Though it served the initial purpose of targeting YSR Jagan Mohan Reddy, the issue has snowballed into a political storm wherein some big heads are bound to roll putting the State in a fix on what stand it should take.” 

Training his guns on TDP, he said, “N Chandrababu Naidu of late has taken to issuing declarations on various issues, BC declaration being the latest. While he was the Chief Minster and as Opposition leader, never did he endorse the fees reimbursement scheme of which BCs are the major beneficiaries. Next on cards is the declaration on Minorities, but his past haunts him as he was friendly with BJP all the time. 

“We allege that he is working in tandem with the State Congress to save the Kiran Kumar Reddy government, if he has to deny the charge of match fixing, he should move a no-confidence motion on the failure of State Government and we will support it,” he said.

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