A.P. got the short shrift: MPs’ panel

Ahead of the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament, members of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, at a meeting on Friday, slammed the Narendra Modi government for not fulfilling any of the promises made as part of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

Representatives from the Union Home Ministry and other stakeholder ministries made a presentation detailing the ‘Status of Implementation of Provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.’

‘Incoherent replies’

Former Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Chairman of the standing committee, chided the government officials for the presentation which had few details and for giving “incoherent replies” to the questions posed by the members.

“The presentation had no new information other than what is already in the public domain. They did not have specific answers to most of our questions. The Chairman berated the bureaucrats for their lackadaisical approach and has asked them to come up with a new presentation with definitive details,” one of the members who attended the meeting said. This was the first meeting of the standing committee on the issue.

In the next meeting, the Andhra Pradesh government representatives too will be called.

Financial burden

The members also slammed over a dozen bureaucrats from various stakeholders ministries for passing on the financial burden to Andhra Pradesh.

“Now they claim that the Polavaram irrigation project is on track, but the Union government is yet to release Rs. 1,600 crore for the project. If they don’t release the money, how will it complete on time?” another member questioned.

The members unanimously criticised the government for not making concrete progress on any of the 19 promises under the Act.

Protest to continue

The Andhra Pradesh parties, both TDP and YSR Congress, have already made it clear that they will continue with their protest in the monsoon session too.

Their protests in the last session had led to a complete washout of the budget session.

“Our no-confidence motion is pending in the Lok Sabha. We will once again press for it. We will also be meeting other like-minded parties to garner support for our cause,” TDP MP K. Rammohan Naidu said.

“Our protests will continue both inside and outside Parliament till the Union government gets its act together,” he added.

Our protests will continue both inside and outside Parliament till the Union government gets its act together

K. Rammohan Naidu

TDP MP

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