21-10-201921-10-2019 11:16:52 IST
2019-10-21T05:46:52.095Z21-10-2019 2019-10-21T05:46:47.833Z - - 09-04-2020
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy will be meeting Union Home Minister and other Union Ministers in New Delhi on Monday. Jagan is expected to discuss various issues related to funds and Polavaram Project during these meetings. This is his second visit to the capital this month.
The YSRCP chief is also likely to meet Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and MoS Power and New Renewable Energy, RK Singh to discuss various issues of importance to Andhra Pradesh.
Jagan is expected to discuss the reasons for reverse tendering in the Polavaram project, as well as the results of the decision and the savings incurred, as announced by the YSRCP government. The CM is also expected to discuss the issue of review of PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements) with renewable energy producers.
It has been around 5 months for Jagan in the office and he was reviewed and cancelled quite a few decisions made by his predecessor Chandrababu Naidu which includes a possible withdrawal of 21 PPAs. A PPA is an agreement that a company generating electricity and power purchaser sign-on. Jagan objected on a lot of terms in these PPAs and has been in favour of striking them out, a move that many including centre advised him against.
The Union Government expressed dissatisfaction on the YSRCP government's move to review PPAs signed by TDP and minister RK Singh even termed the move as 'unfortunate' and stated that this move will affect the foreign investments in the energy sector in the state. The Union Minister had even personally informed Jagan of this concern and called this plan as a 'wrong move.
Singh had advised Jagan that instead of reviewing all the PPAs, it would be better for the state if they point out those cases where they find evidence of illegality and take action against the parties.
Similarly, the reverse tendering process of the Polavaram under which Jagan claimed to have saved Rs 780 crores for Andhra Pradesh was also met with dissatisfaction by Shekhawat. The Union Minister had claimed that this move will do more harm to AP than good.
Jagan, during his earlier visit to Delhi had raised some demands for the state with PM Modi including funds for development of backward areas, Kadapa steel plant, Ramayapatnam Port and also did bring up the old demand of a Special Category Status (SCS) for the state but failed to get a positive response in case of SCS.
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