Hyderabad: Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has reached out to his Cabinet colleagues urging them to work like a cohesive team to garner maximum benefits to the State.
After the conclusion of the official agenda of the Cabinet which met here on Tuesday, Mr. Reddy is learnt to have referred to reports in a section of media about the alleged differences among the Ministers. He wanted the Ministers to counter such efforts to malign the government.
“We know each other for the last 15 years and we can resolve the issues through discussions instead of making them public,” he reportedly told his colleagues, adding it was the collective responsibility of the Ministers to send a signal that they were united.
While a section of the Ministers saw the approach as a conciliatory move, others contradicted it claiming it reflected the unilateral approach of the Chief Minister. They said this was evident from the fact that Mr. Reddy left the meeting hall the moment he completed his address without allowing other Ministers to air their views.
Meanwhile, some Ministers during discussion on the official agenda, expressed their discontent about issues related to civil supplies, medical, and health departments. The decision to upgrade hospitals in Rajam and Nalgonda irked some Ministers who questioned why similar proposals sent by them were kept in cold storage.
Health Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy is learnt to have told them about budgetary constraints and assured that the proposals would be cleared as and when funds were available.
Procurement of paddy was another contentious issue which took centre-stage. Minister P. Viswaroop complained that the Ministers were unable to attend Rythu Chaitanya Yatras with a fear of facing opposition from farmers. The government drew flak because of the absence of advanced planning and officials were further complicating the situation by keeping Ministers in the dark.
Mr. Reddy wanted the Ministers, in turn, to effectively communicate the government’s efforts like the pressure being mounted on the Centre to announce a bonus of Rs. 200 a quintal to farmers. Ministers hailing from Backward Class communities expressed concern about the Supreme Court guidelines restricting total reservations in local bodies to 50 per cent. As the Ministers insisted that there should not be any cut in the quota, the Chief Minister said there were no two opinions on maintaining the status quo and the government was in consultations with legal experts on the apex court’s directive. Hindu