Young CM of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy seems determined to emerge as a role model of governance in the whole country. Soon after assuming power, YS Jagan is taking steps to ensure maximum benefit to maximum people. His welfare model is already being talked about across the country.
In doing so, however, he seems to be giving sleepless nights to his friendly neighbour KCR. Till now, KCR has been claiming that he is a role model for the whole country. But, Jagan's decisions have put him in a spot. Now, pressure is on him to implement what Jagan is implementing in his state. As a result, KCR is now forced to look for ways and means to adapt the same decisions.
In the very first cabinet meet, CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced that the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Deveopment Corporation would be merged into the Government and that the APSRTC employees would be treated as Government employees. This has spurred the Telangana Road Transport Development Corporation employees into action . They have demanded that the same be implemented in Telangana too. ''When it can be implemented in AP, why can't the same be done in Telangana,'' is what they are asking. In fact, KCR did promise TSRTC's merger with the Government during the elections and then conveniently forgot it. Now, the pressure is on him.
Similarly, Jagan's decision to announce 27 per cent interim relief to the Government employees pending pay revision has also put KCR in a spot. The YSRC Government has also decided to scrap the contributory pension scheme for government employees. All these are being widely appreciated by the Government employees and their kin. Now, the teachers and other government employees in Telangana are also demanding similar reforms. They are also eagerly studying Amma Vodi scheme which is being implemented in Andhra Pradesh. This only means more trouble for the Telangana government.