YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is the second chief minister of bifurcated Andhra Pradesh
YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has completed more than a fortnight as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
Son of two-time chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, Jagan Mohan said he would try to serve the state better than his father.
Jagan joined politics as a Congress member in 2004. In 2010, he quit the party to form YSRCP a year later.
As a leader, Jagan developed a connection with people over 15 years of his political journey. From Odarpu Yatra (condolence tour) to an indefinite fast in support of special category status for the state, he never stopped being amid the crowd. His attempts to gain confidence of the masses may have led to his party securing a strong mandate in the 2019 Assembly elections.
YSRCP formed the government in Andhra Pradesh for the first time after securing a landslide victory in the 2019 Assembly election. Jagan became the second chief minister of Andhra Pradesh after the state’s bifurcation. He took oath of office on May 30.
Here’s a look at some of Jagan Mohan’s key initiatives rolled out so far:
> Hours after assuming office, Jagan’s government on May 31 decided to cancel all projects sanctioned prior to April 1, 2019, by the previous N Chandrababu Naidu-led government, but work on which was yet to take-off. He also held a review meeting on the mid-day meal scheme at the chief minister’s camp office on that day.
> Jagan announced that a Judicial Commission headed by a High Court judge would henceforth clear all contracts (for major projects).
> On June 1, Jagan directed bureaucrats to come up with proposals to increase the state revenue without imposing an extra burden on common people. He suggested levy of a "green tax" and also "garbage tax" as a way to secure additional revenue to the government.> On June 2, Jagan asked officials to shut "belt shops" or illegal outlets of licensed liquor shops in the state.
CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy stepped into his new office at the Secretariat today, at the auspicious time of 8:39am. God bless his tenure. pic.twitter.com/myqHOlfrhs
— Andhra Pradesh CM (@AndhraPradeshCM) June 8, 2019
> Jagan, on June 3, announced enhancement in salary of Aasha workers from Rs 3,000 to Rs 10,000 a month, as promised by the YSRCP ahead of the election.
> On June 6, he cancelled 'Annadata Sukhibhava Scheme' introduced by the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government in February, before elections, under which the state government assured to provide Rs 10,000 to farmers. Instead, Jagan announced “Rytu Bharosa” scheme in which farmers would get Rs 12,500. The scheme is expected to be launched on October 15, 2019.
> Jagan appointed five deputy chief ministers – one each from the SC, ST, BC, minority and Kapu community. On June 10, Jagan chaired his first Cabinet meeting with all 25 ministers.
> On June 15, Jagan made a strong pitch to the Centre, to grant special category status to the debt-ridden state at the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog. He urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be "gracious" in fulfilling the promise made in Parliament and also in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s 2014 poll manifesto.(With inputs from news agencies)The Great Diwali Discount!
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