Jagan Cabinet gives nod to report on decentralised development of Andhra amidst protests


(Online Desk)

he Andhra Pradesh state Cabinet met here on Monday under the leadership of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and had reportedly given its nod to the report submitted by the High Power Committee constituted to look into the GN Rao Committee and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) reports on decentralised development in the State.

The report is likely to be placed before the State Legislative Assembly for discussion along with some other important Bills paving way for decentralised development of the State.

Apart from giving its approval for the High Power Committee report, the Cabinet had reportedly discussed on some other issues including setting up of 11,000 rythu bharosa centres in the State.

The Cabinet meeting and Assembly sessions were held amid tight police cover in the Amaravati capital villages and Vijayawada and Guntur cities to prevent agitators from laying siege to the State Assembly protesting the government’s proposal of shifting Secretariat from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam as part of the three-capital plan.

Soon after the Cabinet meeting, the Business Advisory Committee of the Assembly met and discussed the agenda of the Budget session. The Assembly will convene today at 11 am.

Meanwhile, police have made tight security arrangements on the roads leading to Secretariat and Assembly with the Amaravati Parirakshana Samithi giving a call to storm the Assembly during the session protesting the proposed move of the government to shift Secretariat from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam. The TDP and other parties have extended their support to the Chalo Assembly call.

Police have closed the Prakasam Barrage connecting Vijayawada to Amaravati capital area and all the roads leading to Secretariat have been fortified with security forces. Several TDP leaders including the party MPs, MLCs, former ministers and ex-MLAs and key leaders from across the state were placed under house arrest by the police.