Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said there won’t be free power supply once the irrigation projects were completed in the State. He also said the State government would decide maintenance service after completion of Mission Bhagiratha Scheme. He was responding to a doubt expressed by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader K Jana Reddy, in the Assembly on Friday.
Replying to the House, Finance Minister Etala Rajender said it was not proper to the Opposition parties to make baseless allegations against the his government. The government was moving forward considering all issues carefully, he said and alleged that the TRS government introduced the budget of ‘life’ but not with lust for ‘power’ like the Congress party.
At this juncture, the Chief Minister interfered and took the mike from the Finance Minister. Targeting Jana Reddy, the Chief Minister said the State government has alleged that Jana Reddy read the script given by someone. The Congress leaders were jealous over the TRS government and criticizing as they wished.
“The State government was getting Rs 12,000 crore from the Uday scheme and there was no problem for the power sector”, he said. The Chief Minister also faulted Jana Reddy to ask where the sheep will be reared in the State. He said the government has its plans in this regard.
KCR also said it was not proper to BJLP leader G Kishan Reddy to say that the scheme of giving sheep to Yadava community was with the help of Central funds. The State government was spending all funds from its exchequer only for sheep giving scheme and not a single paisa was taking from the Centre for the scheme, he asserted.
Reacting to it, Jana Reddy said the Congress party was not jealous of TRS government. “Is it true whether power Discoms are in deficit or not? The State government has to pay Rs 10,000 crore arrears to Discoms and the government was providing Rs 4,500 crore to Discoms. How the State government will fill the deficit? By increasing power tariffs or in another way?. “I said that there was idanger with Chattisghar power agreement and there is a need to be careful. I only asked to know the MBC castes list and that doesn’t mean I am opposing the allocation of Rs 1000 crore for MBCs. I asked the government not to turn the sheep giving scheme as a double bedroom houses scheme”.
Then the Chief Minister said the State government was very much aware about the power issues. The State government was very keen on it. The then Congress government had neglected the power sector. “We are successful in regard to supplying power to the people. The Congress party government had utterly failed in supplying power to the people. There is no need of free power supply once the irrigation projects are completed in the State. One can see water everywhere in the State once the proposed Irrigation projects are completed”, he added. (NSS)