Y S JAGAN MOHAN REDDY

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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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Former IAS officers appointed Andhra Pradesh CIC and IC

By IndianMandarins 03 Jul 2020

Governor of Andhra Pradesh Biswabhusan Harichandan on July 2 appointed retired IAS officer Peyyala Ramesh Kumar (Retd IAS:1986:WB) as the State Chief Information Commissioner. The Governor also appointed Repala Srinivasa Rao as one of the Commissioners in the Andhra Information Commission under the Right to Information Act, 2005.

The selection committee was headed by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, which finalized these two names last week and recommended them to the Governor for the appointment. Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu, a member of the selection committee, abstained from the meeting.

These are the first appointments the Jagan government made in the AP Information Commission under the RTI Act. The Commission currently has four Information Commissioners, all appointed by the previous Telugu Desam regime.

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Andhra Pradesh CM and NBCC CMD review ‘MISSION BUILD AP’ initiative

By IndianMandarins 16 Mar 2020

The progress of the ambitious ‘MISSION BUILD AP’ was reviewed at the meeting of State Level Monitoring Committee (SLMC) held recently in Vijayawada. The meeting was co-chaired by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, and P K Gupta, CMD, NBCC. It may be recalled that the ‘MISSION BUILD AP,’ an initiative of the AP Government, has been entrusted to NBCC. During the meeting, NBCC CMD apprised the CM of various post-study recommendations of NBCC with regard to monetization of the government’s land parcels spread across the state. The CM, while asking the officials to make optimum use of government land, appreciated efforts put in by the NBCC so far and also felicitated NBCC CMD in recognition.

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Jagan Reddy’s ‘Team CMO’

By IndianMandarins 03 Jul 2019

While interacting with Indianmandarins in New Delhi on Tuesday, a young leader, among few closest to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S R Jagan Mohan Reddy, clarified that, contrary to the ongoing rumors of few more additions in Jagans ‘Team CMO’  the team is already made and raring to go. He also ruled out rumors that the CM may draft few more officials in his team CMO in the near future.


Jagan’s Team CMO is made up of the following officials:

 

Ajeya Babu Kallam (Retd IAS:1983:AP): Principal Advisor to CM

  • He is said to be the head of the CMO.
  • Chandrababu Naidu had made him CS in the last week of February 2017 – merely 30 days ahead of his retirement scheduled on 31 March 2017.
  • Ahead of AP Assembly elections, Kallam was in the limelight for his political ambitions of taking a plunge in politics.

 

Dr P V Ramesh (IAS:1985:AP): Special Chief Secretary to the CM

  • Ramesh is still considered in the good books of NaMo administration.
  • Previously, he served at the Centre as CMD of Rural Electrification Corporation.


Solomon Arokia Raj (IAS:2000: AP): Secretary to the CM

  • An officer who sometimes takes stand. As Secretary, Dept of Industries, he had in February 2017 refused to sign all 91 MoUs during the much trumpeted CII Partnership summit in Vishakhapattanam.

K Dhanajaya Reddy (IAS:2006: AP): Additional Secretary to the CM

  • Prior to this, Reddy served as MD, AP Tourism Development Corporation.
  • After Jagan Reddy’s win, he was the first to be appointed by the AP Govt on May 26, 2019, in the Chief Minister’s office. The rest of the appointments were made after Jagan Mohan Reddy’s oath as CM.

 

J Murali (IAS:2006:AP): Additional Secretary to the CM

  • Earlier, he was Special Commissioner, Cooperation & Registrar, Cooperative Societies.
  • He had also served as Joint Collector & Additional DM Krishna district; Commissioner, Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation and Special Officer, Godavari Pushkarams.
  • He was also the OSD to then CM Chandrababu Naidu.

 

Krishna Duvvuri- Special Secretary to the CM

  • He was YSR Congress Party’s PAC Member who was always vocal against Chandrababu Naidu’s programs and financial management.

 

Dr. Mukthapuram Hari Krishna- Special Officer to the CM

  • Krishna had undertaken padayatra along with Jagan Mohan Reddy

 

GVD Krishna Mohan- Advisor (Communications) to the State Govt

  • Krishna Mohan, a journalist by profession, is considered the brain behind YSRC’s voice ever since the party's inception.
  • He started his career in Eenadu TV and later on moved to Sakshi TV and became an integral part of Jagan’s family in difficult times.

 

Avinash- Executive Assistant in the CMO

  • He had extended whole-hearted services to IT wing of Jagan Reddy.

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Jagan makes retired IAS officer head of his ‘Navratnalu’ scheme

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2019

Retired Andhra IAS officer M Samuel, who is already serving as an advisor to Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, has been given the additional and all-important assignment to oversee the implementation of Navaratnalu scheme as vice-chairman.  He will hold a Cabinet rank.

 

Navaratnalu is made up of nine welfare schemes announced by Reddy during the election campaigning. These include fee reimbursement, YSR Raithu Bharosa, Aarogya Sri among others.

 

The appointment of a top bureaucrat, instead of a politician, suggests that Jagan trusts Samuel better qualified to do the needful.

 

Being in the Chief Minister's Office, Samuel will coordinate with all the departments to ensure that promises made as part of Navaratnalu are implemented as planned.

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Sawang is new DGP of Andhra Pradesh, Chief Secretary may continue

By IndianMandarins 31 May 2019

Hours after new CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy took oath, AP Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam issued orders appointing Goutam Sawang (IPS:1986:AP), presently DG Vigilance & Enforcement, as the State DGP with full additional charge. His predecessor R P Thakur (IPS:1986:AP) was transferred as commissioner, printing, stationery and stores purchase vice T A Tripathi (IPS:1987:AP).


Indianmandarins further learnt that Jagan may continue Subrahmanyam as Chief Secretary

 

Further, Tripathi and A V Venkateshwara Rao DG ACB were ordered to report to the general  administration department for further posting. Kumar Vishwajeet (ADGP) was posted as DG, ACB with full additional charge.

 

It may be underlined that during the elections, the YSRC had lodged complaints with the Election Commission alleging that R P Thakur and A V Venkateshwara had colluded with the TD to harass opponents.

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Andhra Pradesh CM constitutes fresh new ‘Team CMO’

By IndianMandarins 30 May 2019

Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, founder of YSR Congress Party and newly appointed Chief Minister, started constituting  his fresh new ‘Team CMO’ immediately after taking oath as CM. Accordingly;

  • Soloman Arokia Raj (IAS:2000:AP) appointed as Secretary to Chief Minister. In addition, he has been additional charge of the post of Secretary to Govt & CIP, Industries & Commerce Department
  • P Krishna Mohan Reddy (Special Grade Deputy Collector, Retd) appointed as OSD to Chief Minister,
  • K Dhananjaya Reddy (IAS:2006:AP) appointed as Additional Secretary to CM. Previously he was MD, APMDC

Further, senior officials serving with the office of former CM Chandra Babu Naidu were relieved from their responsibilities namely;

  • Satish Chandra (IAS:1986:AP) previously served as Special Chief Secretary to CM,
  • G Sai Prasad (IAS:1991:AP) previously Principal Secretary to CM,
  • M Girija Shankar (IAS:2001:AP) previously Secretary to CM,
  • Adusimilli V Rajamouli (IAS:2003:AP) previously Secretary to CM,

In addition, Satya Prakash Tucker (Retd IAS) resigned from the post of Executive Vice Chairman, Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board whereas Anil Chandra Punetha (IAS:1984:AP) was announced to retire from the post of Chairman, APMDC retires w.e.f. 31 May 2019.

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