Hyderabad: The Chief Minister Sri N Kiran Kumar Reddy today morning again reviewed the strike situation with Ministers and officials at Secretariat. He has also constituted two more task forces--one on revenue-finances and another on welfare-development to monitor the situation.
The task force will constantly monitor the situation and initiate appropriate measures in these departments. The Chief Minister directed the officials to see that common man is not put to any hardships and take steps accordingly. The task force on revenue-finance will be headed by Principal Secretary, Finance, Mr V Bhasker and will include Principal Secretary, Revenue.
This task force will constantly monitor the revenue collections and financial positions on a day-to-day basis. The other task force on welfare-development (schemes meant for the poor) will be headed by Principal Secretary, Social Welfare, Raymond Peter and will consist of Principal Secretary, Rural Development and finance. This task force will monitor all the welfare programmes and also schemes meant for the poor like Fee re-imbursements, payment of scholarships etc. The Chief Minister reviewed in detail the coal supply, power generation and supply position and transport services etc. The Chief Minister said "we have to plan the supply of coal to thermal power generation units and also the transport services which immediately affect the poor and common man. We will have to buy power from wherever available including Kerala.
The Chief Minister said he will talk to the Union Minister for power for supply of unallocated power from the Central power grid. He said he will also speak to Union Power Minister and Secretary in this regard. The Chief Minister said he will speak to the Union Minister for coal for supply of coal from Western Coal fields and other areas to tide over the crisis in Andhra Pradesh.
He also directed the MD, Singareni Collieries to excavate coal by contract workers engaged by the Contractors with police protection from the already exposed coal mines of Singareni, Manuguru and Srirampur to tide over the present crisis. The Chief Minister wanted as many buses to ply on the City and District routes by the Contract employees by the APSRTC. He also said Tourist and private carriages should be allowed to operate to commute passengers. He asked the APSRTC to take the help of hired vehicles and hired drivers.
Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha, Ministers Anam Ramnarayana Reddy and Mukesh Goud, Chief Secretary S V Prasad, Special Chief Secretary to CM, J Satyanarayana, Principal Secretaries Dinesh Kumar, Ajay Mishra, Sam Bob, V Bhasker, Vijayakumar, Lakshmi Parthasarathy, Secretary, Services, Venkateswara Rao, MD, Singareni Collieries, Narsing Rao, MD, AP Genco, K Vijayanand, Commissioner, Transport, Hiralal Samariya, Commissioner, I&PR, B Venkatesham, Secretary to CM, Jawahar Reddy, Special Secretary to CM, SS Rawath, Addl. Secretary to CM, Sreedhar and other officials attended the meeting.