Says he does not have a coterie and is occupying the chair on the directions of the Central leadership
Ministers assure Rosaiah of full cooperation
Cabinet will discuss naming of projects after YSR
HYDERABAD: The issue of extending cooperation to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah figured once again in the Cabinet meeting held here on Thursday.
Towards the fag end of the meeting, a Minister broached the issue and Mr. Rosaiah, in his response, told his colleagues that he was occupying the chair on the directions of the Central leadership. “I do not have any coterie and I will function as per the directions of the high command.”
Upon this, N. Raghuveera Reddy (Agriculture) and Anam Ramnarayan Reddy (Municipal Administration) are believed to have recalled that they had more than once emphasised their resolve to extend him all cooperation. “We have openly assured you of all support and there will be no scope for any non-cooperation,” they said.
The Chief Minister is understood to have urged the Ministers to cooperate with him to fulfil YSR’s programmes.
Some Ministers asked Mr. Rosaiah to expedite implementation of enhanced rice quota for BPL families and extend free power for nine hours as promised by YSR during the elections.
Mr. Rosaiah said once the bogus ration cards were weeded out, the government would have clarity on number of families eligible for the enhanced rice quota.
Putting a halt to the over-enthusiasm of some leaders, the Cabinet resolved to be selective in naming new or existing projects and programmes after YSR. “We cannot belittle him by going on a naming spree. We have to see the exercise to name projects and schemes after him, does not become ridiculous,” Panchayat Raj Minister Botcha Satyanarayana reportedly said.
Agreeing with the observation, the Chief Minister said any decision to use YSR’s name should be first discussed in the Cabinet.
Though the Council of Ministers fell in line and attended Thursday’s Cabinet meeting in full strength barring C. Shilpa Mohan Reddy who was asked to oversee arrangements for the YSR memorial meeting at Pavuralagutta on Friday, it was distinctly different from the Cabinet meetings chaired by YSR, it is learnt.
Contrary to the Cabinet meetings chaired by YSR when Ministers hesitated to interrupt him or give their opinions, Thursday’s meeting had literally every Minister expressing his views or airing alternative suggestions to a decision taken.
When some Ministers sought funds for new development works, Mr. Rosaiah explained at length about the need to exercise restraint on expenditure.
Rather than pushing new programmes, the important task was to implement mega projects and welfare programmes at a time when the revenue growth fell to 5.6 per cent from the expected 12 to 13 per cent for the current fiscal.
He, however, expressed confidence that the situation would improve gradually.