New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy met Central Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday. Jagan extended his wishes to Shah on the eve of the latter’s birthday, today. The meeting lasted for 45 minutes in which the AP CM requested the Home Minister to help cash-strapped Andhra Pradesh. Jagan reminded Amit Shah for the grant of special status to AP promised by the then Prime Minister in the Rajya Sabha during the bifurcation of the state.
Jagan got Shah’s appointment on Tuesday, even though he opted for Monday. It was reported in a regional newspaper that Jagan was waiting for the Home Minister’s appointment, but the former could not get it. It was later learnt that the date was fixed on Tuesday afternoon.
Accordingly, Jagan met Shah and submitted a representation on various impending issues of the state. He requested Shah to implement the promises made at the time of bifurcation. He talked about the revenue deficit of the state, which is showing a significant impact on the financial position of the state government.
AP CM requested the Home Minister to change the criterion for granting special funds to backward areas. Seven districts (Rayalaseema – 4, North coastal – 3) of the state are getting special funds @ Rs 50 crore per year. The Chief Minister told Shah that Rs 4,000 per person is given to Bundelkhand and Kalahandi regions whereas Rs 400 per person is given to seven districts of the state. He pleaded the Home Minister to implement the same method and enhance financial assistance to the backward districts of Andhra Pradesh.
The Chief Minister asked the Central Home Minister to sanction necessary funds to complete the Visakhapatnam-Chennai corridor and Kakinada Petro Chemical Complex. He urged Shah to approve the revised estimates of the Polavaram project so that the multi-purpose project can be completed very soon. Jagan also discussed the Krishna and Godavari floodwater diversion.
He explained that the availability of Krishna water has become very low and 2,780 TMCs of Godavari water is going into the sea, as there is no effective utilisation. The Chief Minister asked Shah to assist the state in diverting the Godavari floodwaters to other parts of the state. YSRC MPs, including Vijayasai Reddy, Mithun Reddy, Bharat, and Nandigam Suresh, were present with the Chief Minister.