Ministers dismiss Opposition charge

TIRUPATI, FEB. 26. The oft-repeated Opposition charge that nothing tangible was done for the State by the Chandrababu Naidu Government was today rebutted by two of his Ministers--Minister for Electricity K.Subbarayadu and the Minister for Roads & Buildings, T. Nageswara Rao.

The Ministers at a press conference here today also dismissed the Opposition argument that good roads and flyovers hardly mattered for the poor and the rural people who constituted the bulk of the population.

The Minister for Electricity repudiated the Opposition criticism that not even a single MW of power was generated during the Chandrababu Naidu regime and pointed out in this connection that AP's overall power generation which was a mere 4.04 MW during the previous regime had risen to 6.2 MW.

Reeling out other related statistics, the Minister said that after reforms were taken up in the power sector and adopted, losses in power generation were brought down to 28% from the previous 38% . On the supply of power to farmers, Mr Subbarayadu disclosed that his Government had provided subsidy to the agricultural sector to a tune of Rs.17,787 crores.

On plans for the current fiscal, he disclosed that it would embark on an ambitious programme to set up 400 kv electricity sub-stations and transformers in as many places as possible with a financial outlay of Rs.100 crores to improve the quality of supply especially in the tail-end parts of the grid.

As for the Roads, the Minister for R&B, T.Nageswara Rao, claimed that the Chief Minister attached top priority only to this sector as he believed that good roads and infrastructure were necessary even for rural development as they provided the vital link between the urban and rural areas.

He pointed out that in all 3000 km of roads were built in the State with an investment of Rs.1900 crores during the TDP rule.

He said the department had set a target for itself to convert 1170 km of rural roads into block-topped ones in the current financial year.

He also pointed out that under the AP Economics Reforms Programme, 1263 km of roads were strengthened at an expenditure of Rs.363.5 crores.