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Jagan loyalists make hay

Jagan loyalists make hay

Jagan loyalists make hay
October 23
07:01 2019

Yatha Pitha, thatha puthra .

As is father sonus son.Jagan is following his father YSR in benefitting loyalists to the core. From personal attendets, journalalists, advocates, contractors, bureaucrats, policemen everyone close to Jagan are now biggest beneficiaries .Inspite of financial crunch Jagan is on a spree of boon giving to his men.

AP Chief Minister, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, has appointed more than half a dozen loyalists, some working with his private companies, as government advisers, most of them with a status equivalent of a cabinet minister.The advisers are paid a monthly salary of `2.5 lakh to `3.8 lakh each, besides other perks in the form of house rent, support and vehicle allowance, adding up to an additional `2 lakh

All this while, Jagan Mohan Reddy has been advocating austerity to those around him, citing poor coffers of the state. Notably, four of the advisers are from a single vernacular media house.

The first of such advisers to be appointed was Ajeya Kallam, a former bureaucrat who retired as chief secretary of the state. He was appointed as principal adviser to the CM and is considered rather powerful in the CMO.

It was followed by the appointment of another former bureaucrat, M. Samuel, who was designated adviser to government on implementing the Nava Ratnas welfare schemes.

Both Mr Kallam and Mr Samuel, detractors say, share Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy’s religion or caste, besides being trusted loyalists, who helped draft the YSRC election manifesto.

Subsequently, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, a former journalist, who worked as editorial director of a media house known to follow the YSRC party line to the hilt, was appointed adviser, public affairs, and holds an additional charge of political secretary to the CM. G.V.D. Krishna Mohan, another journalist who worked with the same Telugu media group that runs a newspaper, a TV channel and an online portal, was appointed as adviser for communications Mohan, before joining as adviser to the government, was heading the media wing of the YSRC party.

Then comes

Devulapalli Amar, another senior journalist, who ran a popular discussion show on the TV channel owned by the same media house, was appointed adviser for national media and inter-state affairs. He was allowed to open offices in Amaravati, Hyderabad and New Delhi.

K. Ramachandra Murthy, another senior journalist who held a high editorial role in the media group close to the Chief Minister, was appointed adviser with a role to frame public policy.

Interestingly, Mr Talasila Raghuram, who was appointed programmes coordinator in the CMO, was also given cabinet rank. Raghuram was associated with the YSRC as a programmes coordinator, beforehis elevation.

Venkata  Ramani Prasad, a retired bureaucrat, has been appointed as adviser for finance and resource mobilisation. Srinath Devireddy and J. Vidyasagar Reddy were appointed as advisers to information technology  and electronics, and communication respectively to advise the government on technological issues.

K. Raja Shekhar Reddy was appointed as an adviser to frame the IT and electronics communication policy. Krishna G.V. Giri was appointed adviser for industrial promotion. Peter T. Hassan was appointed as an adviser for investment, promotion and external relations.

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