After a series of meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, the state of Andhra Pradesh led by CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, is set to receive funds of over Rs. 4000 crores for various projects and schemes.
According to a report published in Hindustan Times, centre has cleared bills to the tune of over Rs. 4,200 crores under three heads. On Thursday, the Centre approved the release of Rs 3,000 crore towards reimbursement of funds spent by the state government on the Polavaram irrigation project on river Godavari.
The Polavaram has been declared a national project, the Centre has to bear the entire cost of construction. While the state government has spent Rs 11,655 crore on the project till now, the Centre has released Rs 6,726 crore.
The decision followed a fresh representation by Andhra Pradesh special chief secretary, irrigation, Aditya Nath Das, to the Centre. Following the directions issued by Jagan during a review meeting on irrigation, Special Chief Das visited Delhi and held discussions with officials of the Union finance and water resources ministries on Thursday.
As per the report, Das confirmed that the water resources the ministry had approved the release of Rs 3,000 crore towards reimbursement of expenses incurred on the Polavaram project, out of Rs 4922 crore sought by the state government.
This comes weeks after; the nation witnessed a newly born bonhomie between PM Modi and CM Jagan, with both initially congratulating each other after victories in respective elections.
Just a few days after the general election results were declared; Jagan met Modi in the capital to discuss special category status.
On Saturday, Jagan met Amit Shah with same demands and in an interview said, ‘Modi is the PM, I’m the CM, we need to work together: Jagan Mohan Reddy.’
Telugu Desam Party (TDP)’s senior leader said, “What the centre is releasing to the state now is based on the bills submitted by the TDP government. It did not release funds then due to political reasons, but is doing it now only because Jagan is cosying up with the BJP.”
Remember, last year, former CM N. Chandrababu Naidu left the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), protesting against non-compliance of special status category demand. Ironically, the demand was promised by the BJP in the last general elections.
Naidu led nationwide protests for not fulfilling the promise. His MPs staged daily protests at the Parliament, mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi on occasions.