Jagan recalls injustices meted out to AP on State Formation Day

South India

The chief minister said the State has 33% illiteracy, nearly 85% of the population were languishing Below Poverty Line

Andhra Pradesh celebrated its Formation Day on Sunday, November 1, with chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy unfurling the national flag at his official residence at Tadepalli in Amaravati.

The chief minister took the salute from a police contingent and paid floral tributes at the statue of freedom fighter Potti Sriramulu, who, he said had sacrificed his life for Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking on the occasion, Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the state had suffered injustices for the last 64 years and it continued to have obstacles in its path of progress as some vested interests were manipulating the system and playing the caste card to achieve their selfish goals. He said the State has 33% illiteracy, nearly 85% of the population were languishing Below Poverty Line.

“There are one crore acres of agricultural land which don't get water even for a single crop, many people were forced to sell their properties to meet their education and health needs, 32 lakh people were looking for a permanent house, government services would not be easily available and so on and so forth,” he was quoted by The Hindu as saying.

"The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has brought about a radical transformation since it came to power. The change is visible in the form of village and ward secretariats, village clinics, Rythu Bharosa Kendras, Janata Bazaars, infrastructure being created under the Nadu - Nedu program etc. We accorded top priority to reducing corruption, and took many other initiatives to make A.P. a progressive State", the Chief Minister asserted.

The chief minister said that his government also launched many initiatives to ensure good and corruption-free governance without any bias on the basis of caste, community, region and party affiliation. Jagan Reddy said the state government is taking steps for its all-round progress and implementing schemes to provide education and health to all.

The main official celebration was a simple affair in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Chief secretary Neelam Sawhney, director general of police Goutam Sawang and some senior officials attended the ceremony. This is the second year since Andhra's bifurcation that the state is celebrating the Formation Day on November 1.

After becoming the first chief minister of a truncated Andhra Prdesh in 2014, Chandrababu Naidu had decided to celebrate its Formation Day on June 2. The Jagan government, however, reverted to November 1 date to celebrate the Foundation Day, according to Times of India.

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