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AP CM: Failure of unbridled power

Yeduguri Sadinti Jaganmohan Reddy's march to state power was tumultuous. His crowning as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, though, is turning out to be more tumultuous for the state. Despite winning 151 out of 175 seats in the state assembly election of 2019, he is set out on a self-destructive spree that has huge consequences for the state and its people and their livelihood.

First, to spite former TDP CM Nara Chandrababu Naidu who is as good or bad as any other politician, he stopped and terminated all work on the new capital Amravati. This thoughtless vengeful act discredited him, the state, and the country in the eyes of international investors. So much so that even after global supply chains started shifting from the People's Republic of China (PRC), none has moved to AP.

What's more disturbing is the fallout of the AP CM's vengeful misdeed: despite the best efforts of the central government in the last one year, not many international companies see India and its states as a favorable destination. According to some reports, out of 500 companies that have moved base from PRC, only three are said to have come to India.

Catastrophic temperaments of CMs like Jagan and a few others including Mamta have already cast their perilous shadow over the Central government's overtures for stepping up domestic and foreign investments.

Now, instead of addressing the issues of rising unemployment and deceleration in the state economy, Jagan has preferred to pick up a straight fight with the judiciary by making the charge of 'impropriety' against next-in-line Supreme Court Chief Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana. The charge was contained in a six-page letter addressed to the CJI SA Bobde and dated October 06.

Why did Jagan choose October 06 as the critical date for launching his vengeful letter against Ramana, and whose content he also revealed at a presser later?

It could be that his astrologers might have advised him about the suitability of the date by working out its alignment with his Rajyoga stars. Empirically, however, there was another factor weighing on the AP CM's decision-making ability. On Saturday, October 03, the Telangana High Court directed the Special CBI Court, Hyderabad, to restart the hearing (postponed since February 2020) in the alleged disproportionate assets cases against Jagan Reddy and several others including YSRC MP V Vijayasai Reddy, MLA Dharmana Prasada Rao, P Sabitha Indra Reddy, who is now the Education Minister of Telangana, and several senior IAS officers and industrialists.

This might have frightened the AP CM and shut his eyes towards reality. Justice Ramana was nowhere on the scene.

The provocation for the Telangana HC direction to the CBI on October 03 followed a recent SC order in Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay and others vs Union of India and others case.

Accordingly, the Telangana High Court issued orders directing the Metropolitan sessions judge at Hyderabad, special judge for the trial of cases against MPs and MLAs, special judges under the Prevention of Corruption Act for speedy trial of cases of embezzlement of scholarship amounts in the Social Welfare Department at Hyderabad and Principal CBI Judge and Principal ACB Judge at Hyderabad to take up the hearing of the cases pending before their courts against the MPs and MLAs on a day-to-day basis.

The AP CM has been particularly cheesed off by the court's provision of his personal appearance. He has been trying to get off this hook by filing petitions several times in the CBI courts as well as the Telangana HC but had got no relief.

Now his battle against the judiciary has landed him in an unintended terrible conflict with the Bar Council of India and the SC Advocates on Record, who have demanded his sacking for the deliberate contempt. As if this was not enough to signal him to extricate himself from the clutches of the judicial system, his supporters compounded his problem by calling up BCI members and threatening them.

Clearly, the AP CM has no idea of the world he is living in. Unless he learns faster, the unbridled power that the people of Andhra gave him would sink him quickly in the seas off Vizag.

(By M K Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan)

19 Oct 2020
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Sweeping reforms take AP to No. 1 position in EODB

For Andhra Pradesh to rank first among the states in the Ease Of Doing Business (EODB), it was a lot of hard work done by officials. Encouraged by state CM Jagan Reddy, officials led by Dr. Rajat Bhargava (IAS:1991:AP), Special CS  Revenue, CT Excise and Registration (earlier Special CS  Industry) went through a series of brainstorming sessions to work out and implement the ideas to raise the status of the state to No. 1 position.

 After holding a series of brainstorming sessions through the state involving a huge number of stakeholders including investors and industrialists, 187 reforms in 12 sectors were executed between June and August 2019, followed by the revalidation of data and a survey done by GOI between Feb and March 2020.

Remarkably, the state also extended its reforms to ports within its domain to achieve the first rank. 

09 Sep 2020
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AP CM: Failure of unbridled power

By M K Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan 19 Oct 2020

Yeduguri Sadinti Jaganmohan Reddy's march to state power was tumultuous. His crowning as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, though, is turning out to be more tumultuous for the state. Despite winning 151 out of 175 seats in the state assembly election of 2019, he is set out on a self-destructive spree that has huge consequences for the state and its people and their livelihood.

First, to spite former TDP CM Nara Chandrababu Naidu who is as good or bad as any other politician, he stopped and terminated all work on the new capital Amravati. This thoughtless vengeful act discredited him, the state, and the country in the eyes of international investors. So much so that even after global supply chains started shifting from the People's Republic of China (PRC), none has moved to AP.

What's more disturbing is the fallout of the AP CM's vengeful misdeed: despite the best efforts of the central government in the last one year, not many international companies see India and its states as a favorable destination. According to some reports, out of 500 companies that have moved base from PRC, only three are said to have come to India.

Catastrophic temperaments of CMs like Jagan and a few others including Mamta have already cast their perilous shadow over the Central government's overtures for stepping up domestic and foreign investments.

Now, instead of addressing the issues of rising unemployment and deceleration in the state economy, Jagan has preferred to pick up a straight fight with the judiciary by making the charge of 'impropriety' against next-in-line Supreme Court Chief Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana. The charge was contained in a six-page letter addressed to the CJI SA Bobde and dated October 06.

Why did Jagan choose October 06 as the critical date for launching his vengeful letter against Ramana, and whose content he also revealed at a presser later?

It could be that his astrologers might have advised him about the suitability of the date by working out its alignment with his Rajyoga stars. Empirically, however, there was another factor weighing on the AP CM's decision-making ability. On Saturday, October 03, the Telangana High Court directed the Special CBI Court, Hyderabad, to restart the hearing (postponed since February 2020) in the alleged disproportionate assets cases against Jagan Reddy and several others including YSRC MP V Vijayasai Reddy, MLA Dharmana Prasada Rao, P Sabitha Indra Reddy, who is now the Education Minister of Telangana, and several senior IAS officers and industrialists.

This might have frightened the AP CM and shut his eyes towards reality. Justice Ramana was nowhere on the scene.

The provocation for the Telangana HC direction to the CBI on October 03 followed a recent SC order in Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay and others vs Union of India and others case.

Accordingly, the Telangana High Court issued orders directing the Metropolitan sessions judge at Hyderabad, special judge for the trial of cases against MPs and MLAs, special judges under the Prevention of Corruption Act for speedy trial of cases of embezzlement of scholarship amounts in the Social Welfare Department at Hyderabad and Principal CBI Judge and Principal ACB Judge at Hyderabad to take up the hearing of the cases pending before their courts against the MPs and MLAs on a day-to-day basis.

The AP CM has been particularly cheesed off by the court's provision of his personal appearance. He has been trying to get off this hook by filing petitions several times in the CBI courts as well as the Telangana HC but had got no relief.

Now his battle against the judiciary has landed him in an unintended terrible conflict with the Bar Council of India and the SC Advocates on Record, who have demanded his sacking for the deliberate contempt. As if this was not enough to signal him to extricate himself from the clutches of the judicial system, his supporters compounded his problem by calling up BCI members and threatening them.

Clearly, the AP CM has no idea of the world he is living in. Unless he learns faster, the unbridled power that the people of Andhra gave him would sink him quickly in the seas off Vizag.

(By M K Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan)

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Sweeping reforms take AP to No. 1 position in EODB

By IndianMandarins 09 Sep 2020

For Andhra Pradesh to rank first among the states in the Ease Of Doing Business (EODB), it was a lot of hard work done by officials. Encouraged by state CM Jagan Reddy, officials led by Dr. Rajat Bhargava (IAS:1991:AP), Special CS  Revenue, CT Excise and Registration (earlier Special CS  Industry) went through a series of brainstorming sessions to work out and implement the ideas to raise the status of the state to No. 1 position.

 After holding a series of brainstorming sessions through the state involving a huge number of stakeholders including investors and industrialists, 187 reforms in 12 sectors were executed between June and August 2019, followed by the revalidation of data and a survey done by GOI between Feb and March 2020.

Remarkably, the state also extended its reforms to ports within its domain to achieve the first rank. 

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PP emerges as most powerful bureaucrat in Andhra: CM re-allocates work

By IndianMandarins 08 Jul 2020

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Reddy on Wednesday revised the distribution of subjects among the top three officers in his Office (CMO). While having a glance at the allocation Praveen Prakash emerges as the most powerful bureaucrat in the state.

Principal Secretary to CM Praveen Prakash (IAS:1994:AP) has been allocated with all key subjects except Industry, Mines etc. Prakash (popularly known among peers as PP) will look after the subjects namely; General Administration Department, Home, Revenue, Finance & Planning (except the subject of Expenditure), Law & Legislative Affairs, CMO’s  Establishment & Residual Subjects, Exclusive node in CMO to deal with the entire spectrum of Centre-State relations. Prakash’s work also includes all issues arising out of State Re-organization Act; CMO’s correspondence with Centre including PMO; projects, programs, financial/non-financial issues of State Government with Senior Government of India officials in the rank of Secretary, Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary; MIS of CMO.

Secretary to the Chief Minister Solomon Arokia Raj (IAS:2000:AP),  will look after the subjects namely; Transport, Roads & Buildings, APSRTC, Housing, Food & Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs, Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, SERP, Education (School, Inter, Higher & Technical), All Welfare Departments, Industries & Commerce, Infrastructure & Investment, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication, Mines & Geology, Labour & Employment and Skill Development

Additional Secretary to Chief Minister K Dhananjaya Reddy (IAS:2006:AP) has been allocated subjects namely; Water Resources, Environment, Forests, Science & Technology, Municipal Administration, Urban Development & CRDA, Agriculture & allied subjects, Health, Medical & Family Welfare Dept, Energy, Tourism, Culture, Youth Advancement & Sports, Marketing & Cooperation, Finance (Subject related to Expenditure).

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Lessons from the past may add a new dimension to fight against COVID-19

By IndianMandarins 10 Apr 2020

COVID-19 pandemic has been giving nightmares to even super-powers of the world. Social distancing has been order of the day. Testing, tracking and treatment are tools to fight the pandemic whereas breaking the stigma and fear attached to testing positive are the biggest deterrent against spreading social awareness.

The Centre and states are doing the best of their capabilities to fight the pandemic but still, one important aspect appears to be missing i.e. breaking the stigma. Once it is done it may take the fight against COVID-19 to the next level ascertaining far better results in terms of social distancing, testing, tracking, and treatment.

Taking lessons from the past experiments and experience may add one new dimension to our consolidated fight against the pandemic.

A similar virus was threatening the world in the first decade of this millennium. HIV cases were on surge in the united Andhra Pradesh. Like COVID-19; HIV too does not spread through air and touch, it was very infectious, debilitating, deadly and highly stigmatizing.

Then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was known for his pioneering initiatives like Arogya Sri (the precursor of Ayushman Bharat) and 108 ambulance services in the health sector.

In combating HIV in AP, the “Be Bold” campaign started by AP State AIDS Control Society proved to be the game-changer. Asok Kumar (IAS:1991), presently, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Water Mission was in charge of the ‘Be Bold Campaign’. This drew the national and international attention after it effectively checkmated the spread of HIV in a short span of time (Yr 2005-2008).

Testing, Tracking, Treatment and Stigma Reduction was the main strategy under the “Be Bold” campaign to reduce the spread of HIV. Stigma attached to even HIV testing was the biggest deterrent.

Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s small though innovative move broke the stigma. Reddy himself along with his cabinet colleagues and Speaker of the Assembly Suresh Reddy publicly underwent the HIV tests. This proved a game-changer and triggered a massive testing drive. It helped in the identification of HIV positives cases enabling the administration to design strategy and device effective mechanism to contain the disease by way of counseling them to prevent further spread and their treatment. This led to a massive reduction of new HIV cases in AP.

“Be Bold Campaign” breaking the stigma reduction was reportedly considered by UNAIDS as one of the best campaigns in the world for HIV/AIDS prevention and stigma reduction, inviting the PD, APSACS who handled the campaign to make a presentation at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico in 2008.

A huge number of deaths in superpowers like the US and China not only create fear after testing positive for COVID-19 but the mandatory 14-day quarantine also gives a sense of rejection and creates social stigma. Breaking the stigma may add a new dimension to our collective fight against COVID-19.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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J Murali is Special Secretary to Andhra CM

By IndianMandarins 29 Nov 2019

J Murali (Retd IAS) has been appointed as Special Secretary to Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for a period of three years.

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Nilam Sawhney is the new CS of Andhra Pradesh

By IndianMandarins 14 Nov 2019

Seven months ahead of retirement Nilam Sawhney (IAS:1984:AP) was on Thursday appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh; a post  which fell vacant after the sudden transfer of L V Subramanyam (IAS:1983:AP), a week ago. Neerabh Kumar (IAS:1987:AP), who was holding additional charge of CS. 

The NaMo administration had on Monday repatriated Mrs Sawhney who was working in Govt of India as Union Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment. 

 

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PP is PS to CM, AP Govt effects bureaucratic rejig

By IndianMandarins 17 Sep 2019

The Andhra Pradesh Government on Monday effected a mid-size bureaucratic rejig.

Praveen Prakash (IAS:1994:AP) was made Principal Secretary to Chief Minister with full additional charge of Principal Secretary, General Administration Department (GAD) vice R P Sisodia who was made Principal Secretary, Tribal Department. Presently, Praveen Prakash is Resident Commissioner, Govt of AP in New Delhi. Prior to this Sisodia worked as Principal Secretary to Govt (Political), General Administration Department (GAD).

 

Md Illyas (IFS:1986:AP), Vice Chairman & Managing Director, AP Forest Development Corporation, was given the full additional charge of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.

 

Dr Vinod Kumar Vats (IAS:2015:AP) was made Sub-collector, Vijaywada. Earlier he was Project Officer, ITDA, Parvathipuram.

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IAS reshuffle in AP: 32 IAS officers reposted

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2019

In a midnight operation, the Andhra Pradesh government transferred  32 IAS officers and repositioned seven others. The orders were issued by the office of Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam.

 

The Friday midnight/Saturday morning orders saw the stripping of portfolios of three senior IAS officers including a Special Chief Secretary, who served in the previous Chief Minister's Office. These officers have not yet been given any postings though they were transferred out three weeks ago.

 

Two junior IAS officers of 2015 batch, V Vinod Kumar and Srikanth Varma, got elevated to the rank of Joint Collector and posted as Project Officers of Integrated Tribal Development Agencies at Parvathipuram and Seethampet respectively.

 

Budithi Rajsekhar (1992 batch) has been moved out yet again after the government issued fresh orders. He is made the Principal Secretary of School Education.

 

B Udayalaxmi (1993) has been posted as Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment.

 

Finance Secretary Muddada Ravichandra (1996) has been posted as Secretary, Social Welfare, while incumbent Mukesh Kumar Meena (1998) has been shifted to the Tribal Welfare Department.

 

Joint Collectors of eight districts have been replaced while three major cities got new Municipal Commissioners in the rejig.

 

K V N Chakradhara Babu (2011) has been posted as Joint Managing Director of Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited.

S Nagalakshmi (2012) will be the new Managing Director of AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited at Visakhapatnam, in a post that has been lying vacant.

 

A Mallikarjuna (2012) has been given the crucial post of CEO of Aarogya Sri, the flagship health insurance scheme of the government.

 

M Hari Narayanan (2011) has been brought in as Executive Director of AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, while V Prasanna Venkatesh (2012) has been posted as Commissioner of

 

Srijana Gummalla (2013) has been posted as Commissioner of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.

 

Additional Director General of Police-rank IPS officer Madireddy Pratap (1991), who is currently Director General of Special Protection Force, has been transferred and posted as Vice-chairman and Managing Director of AP State Warehousing Corporation.

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