Yes you read it right. A massive team of deputy’s underway in Andhra Pradesh. Newly elected CM Y S Jaganmohan Reddy made an announcement on Friday that his cabinet will have five deputy chief ministers. All of them will be representing schedule castes, scheduled tribes, backward castes, minority and kapu community. And mind it, this is going to be the very first time that an Indian State Cabinet will have five deputy CMs.
It may sound very tricky but it is going to be an experimental move. Because in the past none of the state Cabinets has seen such mega deputy CMs ranks.
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The most notable point is Jaganmohan Reddy gave a really tough time to Ex CM ChandraBabu Naidu. He broke his fort which was said to be rock solid and kind of political skills Ex CM had. But Jagan shattered the dreams of Naidu by a massive victory in the state elections. And now walking the walk to finish the elections promise to talk. The very first step after Reddy Sworn in as CM of AP, he fulfilled his election promise to ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers in medical and health department, a push in salaries from 3k to 10k.
The newly elected CM is said to be really worried about the current situation of the government hospitals. He wants to bring bigger reforms in this sector. Another bigger promise of him during an election campaign was to give a hike in the old age pension. Reddy says soon he will increase it to 2500 and then 2750 followed by 3000 per head in the months to come.
Bounce Back After Defeat
After winning with a massive mandate, Reddy tweeted, the kind of love people of AP showered upon him, gives him a sense of carrying on the responsibilities and hopes of the public of state and he promised he will bring notable changes in governance that will make the nation stand and look up to AP. Let’s mention here that out of 175 members of State Assembly, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy leads YSR Congress successfully, won 151 seats and roaring high to keep up their promises.
The political career of Reddy is not less dramatic as a cinematic ride, as in 2014 he faced a massive defeat at the hands of ChandraBabu Naidu. But he kept the ground level network working with masses and got noticed to the public by listening and solving their issues while he was not in power and ChandraBabu was busy in luring in Centre firstly along with BJP and then parted away by keeping a dream to be a king or kingmaker in 2019 general elections and ignored his own state and at the end lost it all.
Village Volunteer System in Andhra Pradesh
Well, let’s talk about the winner again. Reddy is going to work upon a direct catalyst link style governance by putting a volunteer on 50 households, in all the villages of the state with monthly compensation of Rs. 5000. The volunteer will be the key link between the public and government bodies.
The bigger blueprint which Reddy is supposed to roll out by 2nd October is to have a set up of village secretariats, a team of 8-10 persons to collectively carry out decisions with village volunteers for the streamlining of the government services. An estimate says it will provide jobs to about 1.6 lakh people in the state.
The people of the state are carrying high hopes from the newly elected CM but at the same time, a buzz of uncertainty is in the air as people say they hope Reddy is not another Arvind Kejriwal in making.