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Jagan takes oath as CM of AP, approves hike in pension for senior citizens

YSR Congress supremo Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy has taken oath as the second chief minister of truncated Andhra Pradesh. Reddy, 46, was sworn in as the CM amid cheers by YSRCP leaders and workers at a ceremony at the IGMC Stadium in Vijayawada. 
 
His party bagged 151 of the 175 seats in the Assembly, decimating the Telugu Desam Party headed by the first CM of the state after the bifurcation five years ago.  YSRC also won 22 of the 25 Lok Saba seats. On Thursday, only Reddy took oath and his council of ministers is expected to take oath on June 7. 
 
The special guests who attended the ceremony include Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali, DMK chief M.K. Stalin and Puducherry health minister Malladi Krishna Rao, Telangana Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, minister Talasani Srinivasa Yadav. Jagan amd KCR agreed to resolve all inter-state issues amicably. Later, they also had lunch together.
 
The CM’s mother and YSRC honorary president Y.S. Vijayamma, his wife Bharati and sister Sharmila and other family members occupied special seats on the dais. For the first time, special arrangements were made at the AP Bhavan in New Delhi for the live streaming of the oath ceremony.
 
Plans for a corruption-free AP
 
The new CM revealed a blueprint of how the new Andhra Pradesh government would look like and promised a corruption-free and transparent administration, a judicial commission to review every government tender and a call centre in the chief minister’s office to resolve people’s problems. “If any of the government’s schemes have not reached the people or anyone demands a bribe, they can call on the toll-free number directly.”
 
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered the oath to Jagan. Immediately, after taking oath, the Chief Minister approved an increase in pension to senior citizens, from the present Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 2,250 per month, which would be hiked by Rs. 250 every year and would reach Rs. 3,000 a month in the fourth year.
 
Reddy also promised to recruit four lakh village volunteers by August 15 to help people in getting government benefits and also making the state free of corruption. “We will join hands with educated youth in villages who want to do social service and they will be paid Rs 5,000 as unemployment allowance till they get jobs.”
 
He also promised to create village secretariats in the state by October 2. As many as 1.60 lakh youth would be recruited and every village secretariat would be staffed with 10 people. They would redress people’s grievances within 72 hours. 
 
On the administration side, the YSRC government moved out DGP R.P. Thakur and ACB DG A. B. Venkateswara Rao. It is learnt that D. Gautam Sawang will be the new DGP. The new government also transferred 4 IAS officers who were part of outgoing CM Naidu’s team. K. Dhanunjaya Reddy was inducted into the CMO.
 
On the eve of his swearing-in, the YSRC chief visited the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala, Amin Peer dargah in Kadapa and presented a chadar. He and his family members took part in the prayer service at the CSI Church in Pulivendula, his native town. 
 
Later, he drove down to YS family estate in Idupulapaya and paid tributes at the grave of his late father and former CM Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.  In Vijayawada, he worshipped Goddess Kanaka Durga at the temple on Indrakeeladri. 

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