Assembly Session Review: Jagan govt holds sway

Vijayawada: The week long session of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly ended with a strong hint from Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy about decentralization of development projects and exposing irregularities in the capital formation besides passing the landmark Disha Bill.

There was an emotional surge when YS Jagan Mohan Reddy spoke about the possibility of having three capital cities-one each for Legislature, Executive and Judiciary with Visakhapatnam and Kurnool as the other two cities.

With the priorities of the State Government being different and more focused on welfare of the people with a thrust on education, health and agriculture sectors, the Rs 1.09 lakh crore budget could be put to better use than building one city with so many irregularities, he contended.

Earlier, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath gave power-point presentation in the House to establish that there was insider trading by the earlier government. The boundaries of the capital zone were so altered that Dalits got a raw deal in the much-hyped land pooling.

The session has seen the passing of landmark Disha Bill which has received wide acclaim from various quarters and there were enquiries from the Delhi and Odisha governments. The Bill seeks stringent punishment to the offenders in cases of violence against women with expeditious disposal of cases in 21 working days besides setting up of dedicated courts in all 13 districts.

The House has also seen the passing of a Bill introducing English medium from primary school level. In all 16 Bills were passed in the House during the session.

Patri Vasudevan

Patri Vasudevan, is a senior journalist, worked with both visual and print media. He has 22 years’ experience in journalism. He has expertise in war zone reporting. Covered LTTE stories in Sri Lanka, and Nandigram & Lalgarh are best assignments, during his stint with TV9 and Sakshi TV at New Delhi. Vasudevan also served Deccan Chronicle, and filed good number of political investigative stories. As an RTI activist, Vasudevan could able to elicit frauds in the banking sector, and wrote number of interesting stories on as to how parking funds are misused.

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