Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, has in principle decided to modify all the major schemes launched by late Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy during 2004-2009 in a phased manner in order to give them a new look and name by bringing changes for effective implementation and include more benefits.
This is seen as a step to boost the Congress government’s chances in the next elections and help the Congress activists canvas effectively to take on Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s campaign against the government for not implementing the “YSR agenda”.
“It will only be a Congress agenda henceforth. We will concentrate on implementing the ‘new agenda’,” said sources close to the Chief Minister.
Under this scheme, the CM is planning to integrate related schemes and programmes into one and give a new name which will be popularised in due course.
Sources said the AICC leaders had advised the CM to bring a change in all government schemes so that the Congress cadres can effectively use them in campaign to take on Mr Jagan’s campaign.
There has been a criticism by the Congress leaders against two successive Congress governments that came after the demise of Rajasekhar Reddy that “there is no scheme except continuation of the old schemes of YSR”.
In a related development the PCC president, Mr Botsa Satyanarayana, in his capacity as the transport minister has written to all Secretaries to various government departments asking them to furnish details of programmes taken up during 2004-09, the amount spent and the persons who benefited.
He also sought facts and figures of the same schemes for the year 2010-11 to know whether any scheme launched by late YSR government is subjected to mal-implementation.
The Chief Minister will also take corrective measures to overcome some of the deficiencies and criticism of YSR schemes like Rajiv Arogyasri while modifying them.
There has been criticism that only private hospitals were benefiting with the government money while local government hospitals suffer with problems like lack of infrastructure and staff under the Arogyasri Medical and Health programme. Deccan Chronicle