Visakhapatnam: Panchayat raj minister Ch. Ayyana Patrudu said that Special Category Status has become everybody’s aspiration in Andhra Pradesh and are anxiously looking at the Centre for according it to the state. Due to ill health another minister from the district Ganta Srinivas Rao did not attend the Nava Nirmana Deeksha programme.
Talking at the Deeksha held near GVMC office here on Thursday, the minister said that though nobody knows what exactly is Special Category Status meant for since the earlier government had promised on the floor of the House in the Parliament two years ago everyone in Andhra Pradesh is looking for it.
He also added that since more than three decades there has been demand in this region on the separate railway zone with Vizag as headquarters and hoped that it will be fulfilled in the coming years. He accused the Congress of dividing the state in an undemocratic and unscientific manner while giving assets to Telangana and debts to Andhra Pradesh.
“Democracy has been murdered two years ago when the state was divided. It pains me whenever I remember how the state was bifurcated and the way the AP Reorganisation Act was passed. We don’t have a capital city or an office for our Chief Minister. There are no proper office buildings.
Despite all these problems our Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who is visionary has been developing the state along with implementing many welfare schemes for the benefit of the people,” he said.
Vizag MP K. Haribabu who also took part in the Deeksha said that the BJP-led Union government is positive towards considering special status to AP, separate railway zone, completion of Polavaram project.
Collector N. Yuvaraj, GVMC Commissioner, Pravin Kumar, city police commissioner, T. Yoganand and other senior officials had taken the Nava Nirmana Deeksha oath.
At the Deeksha at EPDCL office, CMD, Revu Mutyala Raju, said that the employees should work hard and make EPDCL as corrupt-free organisation....