For the YS Jaganmohan Reddy government the year began with YSR Aarogyasri‘s scope being widened and came to a close with the distribution of house site pattas to poor and in between there was much more than what any normal bygone year would offer. Smooth rolling of welfare activities, Corona pandemic redefining lifestyle and altering dynamics of sustainability, calamities, natural and otherwise that have left a trail unpleasantness, passing of landmark legislations, legal tangles, gas leak, outbreak of a mystery ailment– the year has seen it all.
Distribution of house sites for the poor has waded through many tangles getting postponed on numerous occasions and the fortnight-long distribution of house sites to 31 lakh people started on December 25 and it will go on well into the next year. About one-tenth of the eligible beneficiaries could not get the benefit due to legal issues and the capital hurdle being stalling the programme at Amaravati depriving 54,000 poor of their rightful share as vested interests have moved Court on the grounds of demographic imbalance.
The year has also seen the decision to install 125 feet Statue of Dr BR Ambedkar in heart of Vijayawada city and develop it as a memorial park and Polavarm, all set to be ready on time with the CM moving all knobs, time and again pressurizing the Centre for funds and working on the R & R package which was totally ignored by the previous regimes. Legislations were passed and some were reiterated in the State Assembly to pursue the issue like decentralization of administration making Visakhapatnam as Executive Capital, Amaravati, the Legislative Capital and Kurnool, the Judicial Capital.
Some other issues too seem to have run into rancour during the year.The clash of institutions sparked on certain occasions. Remarks made it to the headlines, proceedings taking precedence over rulings and the CM had written a letter to the Chief Justice of India on the happenings in the State. The gag order on FIR on the irregularities and insider trading in Amaravati land scam hit the national headlines and the year had seen legislature, executive and judiciary in news for reasons. The local bodies elections took off with the notification and when the ruling party was winning seats unanimously and when Corona was not yet a pandemic, the elections were postponed unilaterally and issue went into the legal chambers.
The year has the dubious distinction as many wanted it to be forgotten quickly but will be frozen in history for its nature of intensity and impact on economy, lifestyle, human relations and medicare. The YS Jaganmohan Reddy government had tackled the issue well and in the Video Conferences the Prime Minister Narendra Modi held with CM, it clear was that we are far ahead that others in logistics, recovery rate and higher number of tests. At the end of the year, AP has been chosen as one of the four states for a dry run of the storage and distribution of Covid vaccine which is a sure indication that the steps taken by the State to contain Covid were effective.
The Assembly has passed the Disha Bill (incorporating amendments) which provides expeditious trial in cases of crime against women and children and setting up of special courts for the purpose. Resurvey of land has been the other major initiative of the government taken up to measure every inch of land on the plains in association with Survey of India and a big contingent of surveyors was appointed and trained for the purpose.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported in Nellore on March 12, where a 24-year-old was tested positive for coronavirus, after his return from Italy. The State adopted a three-pronged strategy of trace, test and treat to contain the spread and intensity of Covid-19 and had successfully utilised the vast network of Village and Ward secretariats in identifying Covid-19 patients and conducting tests, which were highest in the country crossing 1.10 crore. About 16 crore masks were distributed and YSR Telemedicine has addressed the medical needs during the times of pandemic.
Kanakadurga and Benz Circle flyovers in Vijayawada were inaugurated by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari jointly paving way to even congestion. Foundation stones were laid for four fishing harbours and 25 aqua hubs coinciding with World Fisheries Day on November 21 and make best possible use of the long coastline.
On the irrigation front, water from Polavaram is poised to gush for 2022 khariff while Chief Minister made a hectic parleys with the Centre. Other irrigation projects, Chitravathi dam and Gandikota reservoirs are being utilised at full capacity, after completing the R&R works. Three reservoirs Muttala, Thopudurthi, and Devarakonda reservoirs, Somasila High level canal phase 2, YSR Vedadri lift irrigation and other projects are being actively pursued. The yea has seen good rainfall and even grey zones like Anantapur received water flowing down.
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