ANDHRA PRADESH

YSR relishes Left advice

HYDERABAD, AUG. 14. The bond between the Congress and the Left parties is further strengthening with the new Government headed by Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy continuing to seek their suggestions on improving the functioning of core sectors.

Some of the areas like irrigation, power, labour and industries, which are being given a new thrust need imaginative handling, and hence an open approach is being adopted in formulating the policies, it is said.

Critical inputs

Sources disclosed several suggestions have been received by the Chief Minister in improving the performance of the power sector. Some of these include inputs on cross subsidy, methodology to be adopted in waiving dues, improving transmission and distribution, scope for reduction of cost and expenditure and on free power supply.

The suggestions on the irrigation sector range from early completion of some of the ongoing/pending projects to avoid delays and subsequent cost escalation, improving the canal and sub-canal system, selective thrust on taking up pending projects to avoid regional imbalances, changes in cropping pattern to be implemented strictly (to avoid excess utilisation of water leading to draining of the reservoirs) and maintaining water levels in reservoirs to uniformly benefit more backward regions .

The necessity of utilising Godavari water is being highlighted while emphasis is being laid on keeping regional imbalances in mind in doing so, it is learnt.

CMP likely

Another area of concern to the Left being the employment and labour sectors, an interaction on the policy to be adopted in protecting the rights of the labour as well for providing more employment opportunities is inevitable. As yet, it has not acquired the shape of a common minimum programme but soon it could, due to a broad consensus on several key issues.

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