Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today called on Governor ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan.
The Chief Minister is leaving for the national capital on Monday evening to participate in NITI Ayog program in Delhi on October 27. KCR reportedly closeted with Narasimhan for about an hour and spoke on various issues, including the success of Bathukamma, a State festival across the globe. The Chief Minister is said to have apprised the Governor of the steps being taken on welfare schemes and developmental programs in the State. KCR is learnt to have shared his views on getting funds from the Centre from NITI Ayog for irrigation projects, national status to Pranahitha Chevella, the flagship programs like water grid, lakes restoration, double bedroom houses for the poor, pensions and others.
According to informed sources, the Chief Minister sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet him during his Delhi sojourn. The PMO is yet to reply to the Chief Mminister’s request in this regard, it is learnt. As every chief minister is a member of Niti Ayog, KCR will attend conclave likely to be held on Tuesday to showcase his priorities of development programs and welfare schemes and seek better allocation of funds. It is likely that he may press the Centre for relaxation in FRBM norms to get additional funds of about Rs 3000 crore to the State which got about Rs 14,000 crore towards its annual expenditure through 14th Finance Commission recommendations. (NSS)