Saturday, January 16, 2010
GOVT KEEN ON CHANGE OF IMAGE - CM UNDER PRESSURE TO PERFORM
With a pro-active governor E S L Narasimhan breathing down his neck, CM K Rosaiah appears to have resolved to turn a new leaf in the New Year and convince everyone that there is a government in the state and that he is at the helm of affairs. Towards this end, a series of meetings with industrialists, officials and elected representatives has been planned over the next few weeks beginning with a meeting of collectors and SPs in Hyderabad on January 20 and 21. “A meeting of all industrial captains with the CM will be held within a week,” one official said. While the industrialists will be reassured that their assets will be protected and they need not think of shifting to other cities, the CM’s office and industries department officials are lobbying with the Centre to convince Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit the state and lay the foundation stone for the BHELNTPC power plant in Chittoor. The ceremony has been delayed at least four times and put on hold since the law and order situation began to deteriorate. “A visit by the PM will reassure everyone that all is well in the state,” an official said.
Rosaiah government also intends to lobby hard to keep National Mineral Development Corporation’s (NMDC) steel plant in the state. “After having decided to set up the plant in AP, the PSU appears to be having second thoughts. We have requested Union minister of state for steel K Sai Pratap to talk to NMDC officials and remove their apprehensions,” the official said. From Jan. 22, Rosaiah will hold district review meetings in which officials and elected representatives will be present. The issues to be reviewed include drought/flood-relief, power supply, PDS, Rajiv Arogyashri, irrigation projects and Indiramma housing. Sources said Union home minister P Chidambaram is said to have conveyed to the CM that the impression in New Delhi is that the state government is highly ineffective and that he should take immediate steps to set it right. Govt keen on change of image.
Union home minister P Chidambaram is said to have conveyed to the chief minister that the impression in New Delhi is that the state government is highly ineffective and that he should take immediate steps to set it right. “In fact, the state should have held a meeting with the industrialists first, but the governor beat us to it. It portrayed us in a bad light and we want to change everything now,” said a state official. But there is still apprehension in state circles as to whether those bent on dividing the state will get a fresh lease of life after January 28 — the ‘deadline’ given by the political parties to the Centre to come out with a favourable announcement on Telangana.
Relay hunger stir for T from today
The joint action committee (JAC) comprising all political parties has decided to organise relay hunger strikes in support of separate state from Saturday across the ten Telangana districts. In Hyderabad, the relay hunger strike would be held at Indira Park up to January 28. The JAC will decide its next course of action afterwards if the Centre fails to give a time frame for carving a separate state. The TRS is unhappy over the way the Congress leaders were making contradictory statements on the resignations submitted by Telangana legislators . While one section in Congress supports the resignations, another section opposes saying that there was no need to press the Speaker for acceptance.
(SOURCE : TOI)