Vijayawada: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to take the battle for Polavaram, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) and Rayalseema Lift Irrigation to the parliament.

Charing the YSRCP Parliamentary Party meeting, Chief Minister directed MPs to raise Polavaram, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) privatization, Rayalseema Lift Irrigation Scheme(RLIS), Krishna River Board Management(KRBM) and other issues in the monsoon session of Parliament.

Speaking to media, YSRCP national general secretary and Parliamentary Party leader, V Vijayasai Reddy said they would raise the issue of investment clearance of Rs 55,656 crore for the revised estimated cost of the Polavaram project, which has been pending for 29 months. He said they would request the Central Government to release Rs 33,000 crore related to R&R works of the project immediately.

He said they would raise Telangana state's illegal usage of water from inter-state irrigation projects. He said Andhra Pradesh government has moved to the apex court seeking to hand over the operation and maintenance of Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar, to the Centre. He said they would demand the Central Government to notify the Tribunal's judgment on the Vamsadhara project.

'We will oppose privatization of Vishakapatnam Steel Plant, he said.

"Telangana state owes electricity dues of Rs 6112 crore to the state government and we would seek central government's intervention to solve the issue. There are some imbalances in National Food Security Act due to which Andhra Pradesh is incurring losses," he said.

He said they would demand to release the pending arrears of Rs 5,056 crore related to ration rice, MGNREGS arrears of Rs 6,750 crore, approve Disha Act and provide assistance for the development of infrastructure facilities in 17,000 layouts.

He said they would seek approval for setting up Tribal University in Saluru constituency and also to fulfill promises made during the State Reorganization, including Special Category Status to the state. He said they would mention the effective Covid Management of the state government in the Parliament.

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