AP govt to continue with YSR welfare schemes



Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy o Tuesday dismissed speculation that his government would gradually do away with the welfare schemes launched by late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

"On the contrary to what is being speculated, we will not only continue all the welfare schemes but also introduce some more. The schemes are not of an individual (YSR) but of the Congress party. YSR was one of the Congress chief ministers," Kiran Kumar said during an informal chat with reporters here.

YSR earned fame only because of the Congress party and not otherwise, he said in a rebuke to Kadapa MP and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

"The party is permanent, not individuals," he observed. Referring to the free power supply scheme to the agriculture sector, the chief minister said meters were being installed to agri power sets only to ascertain the quantum of energy consumption. "We want to pay electricity charges only according to the usage and check wastage," he added.

Replying to another question, he said increasing VAT by one per cent was "inevitable" as per the government of India norms. Otherwise, the state would stand to lose a lot of revenue.

PTI