YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has relaunched the special status fight once again from the costal port city Kakinada. He called upon the youth to fight for achive the special status to Andhra Pradesh. Special status states will get 90 per cent grants and 0nly 10 percent as loans. For other states, 70 percent of the funds is in the form of loans and 30 per cent is given as grants.
If there is special state status, the industries will get tax exemption, 30 per cent discount of taxes, reimbursement of transport costs and 50 per cent cut in power tariff for 20 years. If there is special state status, each district in Andhra Pradesh will turn into another Hyderabad. Special status was promised by no less a person than the then PM as Andhra Pradesh has lost Hyderabad, which has 90 per cent of software jobs. At least 70 per cent of the total jobs are in Hyderabad.
When Congress said it will give special status for 5 years, the BJP went a step ahead and said the status would be given for 10 years. The TDP and the BJP made it a poll issue and sought votes. The same governments are now trying to sidestep. The government is now talking about special package and not special state status. The people should strongly take Chandrababu Naidu to task for this flip- flop.