Oppn spreading malicious propaganda

Amaravati : Asserting that the opposition parties are spreading malicious propaganda against the government on petrol and power issues, Government Advisor (Public Affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy said that the YSRCP government is exposing the facts to avoid the misconception among people.
Addressing a press conference here at the party central office, Sajjala said that it is not fair to demand the State to slash the fuel prices, as it was the Centre that increased petrol and diesel prices. Escalating fuel prices had resulted in drastic increase in prices of essential commodities, including the necessities, which resulted in burning the pockets of common people. 
Going into the details, he said that the Union Government has been receiving over Rs 3,35,000 crore every year through various cess and surcharges. The excise duty is only Rs 47,500 crore of which Rs 19475 crore goes to states and the remaining Rs 3,15,525 crore goes directly to the Centre.
He criticised the BJP leaders for taking up a malicious campaign hampering the State’s image, and trying to mislead people. He said that the government had already made a public statement exposing the facts related to the fuel prices and stated that the Centre was responsible for increasing fuel prices, therefore it is the Centre’s responsibility to reduce it. 
Sajjala said that the Union government is collecting Rs 1,98,000 crore per annum towards building roads and infrastructure and similarly the State government is collecting Rs 1 for repairing roads, which were deeply neglected during TDP regime. In this regard, he highlighted that the loans taken by the Centre have increased from Rs 57,94,533 crore to Rs 116,21,780 crore from 2014-15 to 2020-21, which amounts to almost 60 percent of GDP.
Speaking on the solar power purchase from SECI, Sajjala flayed opposition TDP leaders for drawing flak over the issue and criticised them for purchasing solar power at Rs 7 per unit and wind power of Rs 5 per unit during TDP rule, despite having a surplus power across the country. He said that Chandrababu Naidu looted the State, but the current government is moving ahead with transparent measures. He said that purchasing power from Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) would cost Rs 2.49 per unit which is a better, cost-effective option to the State when compared to the projects proposed to set up by the A.P. Green Energy Corporation Limited (APGECL).
He said that Andhra Pradesh would be buying power at a cheaper rate than neighbouring Tamil Nadu, which purchased at Rs 2.69 per unit and stated that it would be more affordable to provide free agriculture power for nine hours in the day time for the next 25 years. He said that the land sanctioned for the solar plant can be used for other purposes and the initiative would save infrastructure cost from State end. 

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