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State-administration at loggerheads in AP

In Andhra Pradesh, a war-like situation is prevailing between the elected government and the administration. Government Chief Secretary L.V. Subrahmanyam seems to be running the administration independently, without caring for Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s government. The government is complaining that the CS is crossing his limits in the name of election code, which will be in force till May 23rd.
 
It is learnt that Subrahmanyam is ignoring the review meetings called by Naidu and functioning on his own. He was appointed as CS in place of Anil Chandra Punetha on April 5. He independently ordered a probe into the transportation of 1,381 kg TTD gold from Chennai to Tirupati last week.
 
Reviewing the affairs in the finance wing, he questioned the officials about the release of funds for various schemes, including Naidu’s pet project, Pasupu-Kumkuma. It is reported that finance secretary M. Ravichandra is on leave.
Meanwhile, finance and legislative affairs minister Y. Ramakrishnudu took exception to Subrahmanyam’s style of functioning. 
 
He reminded that Subrahmanyam is only an ‘interim CS’ appointed only for the election period. “He is subordinate to the Cabinet and cannot question the decisions taken by it,” he said.
The CS reviewed protection of the EVMs and the arrangements for the counting to be held on May 23. The finance faulted the chief electoral officer G.K. Dwivedi attending the meeting convened by the CS.
 
However, I.Y.R. Krishna Rao, who worked as the first CS of the divided AP, came in support of Subrahmanyam. He said that the finance minister’s argument lacks logic. “He should know that the CS works under the EC’s control and that the CEO is under his purview. The CM is unnecessarily creating fuss when the state is under the control of the EC.”
 
Agriculture  minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy accused the election commission of dancing to the tunes of the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre. “This is being done only to cause inconvenience to the TD government,” he said, adding that he would review the matters relating to his department. 
 
He said he would move the apex court if any one obstructed him from doing so.
Many senior bureaucrats too said they had never seen such a situation in the three-decade long service. Forum for Good Governance secretary M. Padmanabha Reddy felt Naidu should have refrained from holding review meetings after the EC ordered him to do so.
 
A couple of days ago, Naidu said Subrahmanyam was an accused in the disproportionate assets case against YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and this raised the hackles of even the retired IAS officers who even made a representation to Governor E.S. L. Narasimhan and even demanded that Naidu should apologise.
 

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