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on 2011/8/9 19:04:39

APDISCOM told to ensure 7 hr power supply in Kharif

The state government has directed the power utilities to compensate the farmers with short falls, if any, in seven hours power supply during a day within next 24 hours in this kharif season to protect all standing crops.

The AP Power utilities have been instructed to make all out efforts to provide seven hours power supply to agriculture sector to meet the energy requirements.

This was disclosed by Principal Secretary (Energy) Dinesh Kumar during a teleconference with top officials of the APTRANSCO and DISCOMS held on Tuesday.

The state government has also instructed the power utilities to invite suggestions and feedback from the farming community on the present system of power supply to agricultural sector.

The AP DISCOMs are currently providing seven hours power to over 29 lakh agricultural pump sets without any break in some areas and in two spells in other areas depending on power and system availability.

“During the recent review meeting, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy had reiterated the commitment of the state government to the farmers and that it had provided a total support and subsidy of around Rs 34,330 crore in the last 7 years, on an average of Rs 5000 crore per annum. The Chief Minister is very particular that not a single farmer should lose his standing crop due to failure of power supply and that seven hours of supply to agriculture must be maintained at any cost without compromise,” the Principal Secretary told the officials.

Mr Dinesh Kumar also instructed the officials that the daily power supply and demand position should be discussed at the forthcoming substation level meetings with farmers and explain the constraints in supply to them, if any.

The state government has also set up substation wise advisory committees with MLAs as chairman for the purpose of monitoring the supply situation and ensuring prompt action to redress local distribution constraints.

The officials informed that the DISCOM / DISTRICT wise all relevant information on power supply and demand is being uploaded on the website;

The information such as consumption target, actual consumption (in million units), maximum demand, number of existing 11 KV feeders, number of 11 KV feeders for which scheduled hours of supply not maintained on particular day, failed Distribution transformers (DTRs) and yet to be replaced DTRs as on previous day, failed during the day, replaced during the day, yet to be replaced, healthy DTR stock available, load relief (LR) in MU will be uploaded daily on the website.

As on August 8, a total power supply of 243 million units (maximum peak demand of 10841 MW) has been met as against 214 MU of previous year registering an increase of 13 percent, which included a 40.18 MU of hydel and a thermal power of 77.50 MU from state generation apart from IPPS and central share.

The CMD’s of APTRANSCO and DISCOMs Ajay Jain, G Ananta Ramu, Ahmed Nadeem, Ch Narasimha Reddy, V Krishnamurthy, Joint MD K Ranganatham and other senior officials participated in the Prlncipal Secretary’s first teleconference.(INN)

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    Ensure uninterrupted power: Ahmadullah to CPDCL

    2011/8/4 13:52:39 Minister for Minorities Welfare, Wakf and Urdu AcademyMohammed Ahmadullah on Thursday said that he has requested the APCPDCL to ensure uninterrupted power supply ‘without’ fail in the Holy Month of Ramzan.

    In a statement, Mr Ahmadullah said that, keeping in view certain complaints on power cuts in the city, he has requested AP Central Power Distribution Company Ltd Vice-Chairman and Managing Director B Anantha Ramu to ensure uninterrupted power supply without fail during the Holy Month of Ramzan to avoid inconvenience to Muslim brethren.

    The Holy Month has already commenced.

    The Minister further stated that he had addressed all district Collectors in the state for providing all necessary amenities to the public and maintaining law and order effectively during Holy Month of Ramzan.

    Mr Ahmadullah also stated that Mir Masood Ali Khan Al-Azheri, who has qualified in MA (Arabic) and worked as Lecturer in Arabic has been appointed as Superintendent of Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad, to look after and supervise the affairs of this historic masjid to ensure all convenience to the people visiting it for prayers and to maintain it properly.(INN)

    Andhra News : Ensure uninterrupted power: Ahmadullah to CPDCL

    More power cuts in Hyderabad

    2011/9/23 17:21:28

    The power consumers will have to face another round of unscheduled power-cuts due to further shortage of supply.

    As against the demand of 259 million units (MU) on Friday, the supply affected was 249 MU, resulting in a deficit of 10 MU. Following the deficit, the consumers in Hyderabad may experience erratic supply of power from 6 pm to 6 am from Saturday onwards in addition to the existing scheduled two hour power-cuts.

    According to officials, Kerala State has backed out to effect supply of 300 MW power and Ramagundam Thermal Power Station suffered a fall of 600 MW.

    It is learnt that a total of 900 MW electricity is being purchased to keep the life rolling. Similarly, one lakh metric tonnes of coal supply is coming from Mahanadi and Western Coal fields. The supply from power grid (0.8 MU), Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan (9.1 MU) has been effected. In spite of all these arrangements the government could not match the demand and supply gap and was therefore, forced to impose periodical blackouts.

    The State Government has also reduced the supply of power to farmers from seven to six hours due to shortage. (INN)

    Andhra News : More power cuts in Hyderabad

    T stir hits Karnataka's power supply

    2011/9/26 18:12:17

    People in Karnataka, including tech hub Bangalore, are in for frequent power disruptions as the agitation for a separate Telangana in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has hit power production, Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje indicated Monday.

    "We may also have to resort to load shedding (power cuts) both in urban and rural areas (if the agitation prolongs)," she told reporters here.

    The agitation for separate statehood for Telangana has disrupted coal supply to thermal power plants in Raichur and Bellary in north Karnataka, Karandlaje said.

    The stir has also hit power supply to the state from central grid. The state used to get 1,200 MW daily from central grid but the amount has now come down to 900 MW, she said.

    The combined effect has resulted in a shortfall of 1,500 MW of power per day for the state, Karandlaje said.

    The huge shortfall meant frequent power disruption in many areas in Bangalore and other parts of the state since Monday morning.

    Karandlaje said state was planning to buy power from Oct 1 from power-surplus states to tide over the crisis.

    Andhra News : T stir hits Karnataka's power supply

    CM urges EGoM to convert gas supply into allocation

    2011/6/30 19:22:28 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday urged the Empowered Group of Ministers to convert the fall back supply of 3.22 MMSCMD of gas to firm allocation so that the gas based projects in the state can continue to supply reliable power to Andhra Pradesh.

    In separate letters to Union Minister for Finance and Chairman, Empowered Group of Ministers on Natural Gas Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, Union Minister for Power Sushil Kumar Shinde and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas S Jaipal Reddy, the Chief Minister requested them to recommend to the EGoM, for the conversion of gas supply.

    Pointing out that there are nine gas based power projects in operation with a total capacity of 2770 MW contributing 55 MU/day, vital for Andhra Pradesh, the Chief Minister said that natural gas required for these projects is 12.97 MMSCMD.

    As per Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas directions, the RIL is supplying available KG D-6 gas to core sectors such as fertilizers, LPG, Power and CGD (domestic and transport) from May 9, 2011.

    Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy pointed out that this has resulted in increasing the RIL D-6 natural gas supplies to the IPPs of Andhra Pradesh up to their firm quantities (75 per cent requirement) as recommended by EGoM, Government of India.

    He pointed out that there is a deficit of 3.22 MMSCMD gas requirement considering the ONGC supplies also and added that the Reliance Industries had supplied said 3.22 MMSCMD gas on fall back basis up to October 2010.

    “The supply of entire fall back quantity has been stopped from November 2010, resulting in loss of generation of about 600 MW to the State,” the Chief Minister said.

    He added that though all the gas power projects are geared up to generate up to their rated capacities, the gas based IPPs in the state are not able to generate 100 per cent power due to non-supply of 3.22 MMSCMD of fall back quantity.

    “The demand for power in the ensuing Kharif season is expected to pickup in the coming months resulting in State facing shortage of power,” Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy wrote.

    He requested the EGoM that in light of the points raised, to convert the fall back supply of 3.22 MMSCMD to firm allocation during its ensuing meeting.(INN)

    Andhra News : CM urges EGoM to convert gas supply into allocation

    Chief Secretary reviews strike situation

    2011/9/21 14:50:44 The State Government has directed the officials to ensure that the emergency services like water supply, health and sanitation are not affected to due to the on-going general strike.

    Chief Secretary SV Prasad on Wednesday held discussions with the Task Forces constituted on Power, Transport and Revenue-Finance at Secretariat. Officials of the task forces explained to the Chief Secretary about the steps being taken to maintain power supply with minimum disturbances and to ensure and provide alternate transport arrangements for the common public.

    The officials claimed that the APSRTC along with the Transport department is making all out efforts to run as many services as possible to help the common people who are suffering due to buses going off the roads. The task force on power is coordinating coal supply and allotments to various Thermal units and also generation of maximum power. The task officials are also monitoring power purchases from outside the State and all other possible sources. The other task force on Revenue-Finance is monitoring the revenue collections and day-to-day financial commitments of the Government.

    The Chief Secretary directed the task force officials to see that the common man is not put to any hardships and normal life of the people is not affected much. He also asked AP Transco to see that 7 hours of free power supply of farmers is maintained even amidst the present crisis since agricultural operations and farmers interests are of paramount interest. He has asked the officials to see that transport and supply of essential items are not affected due to the transport strike. The Chief Secretary once again asked the Railway authorities to increase the frequency of MMTS and local trains in view of the RTC strike.

    The Chief Secretary also asked the Health Department to see that all Government hospitals work normally and patients are attended and emergency operations are done so that the patients do not undergo any problems. (INN)

    Andhra News : Chief Secretary reviews strike situation

    CS reviews strike situation

    2011/10/1 17:40:23 The State Government has decided to open control rooms in AP Genco office and made Joint Collectors as Nodal officers in nine Telangana districts to monitor and report energy-related issues.

    This decision was taken in a review meeting by the Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi with senior officials to ensure that the standing crops are least affected due to any power interruptions. The Chief Secretary had a a detailed discussion and review of the latest situation in Telangana with the task force officials on Power Supply, Transport, Essential Commodities, Medical and Health and senior officers of other departments concerned including GHMC.

    Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed the Chief Secretary to see that all the essential services are maintained so that the common people are least affected. The officials explained to the Chief Secretary that all emergency services are being maintained and there are minimal disturbances to the supply of essential commodities.

    The Chief Secretary asked the officials to see that power generation and supplies are coordinated so that 7 hours free agricultural power supply at any cost is maintained. He also directed the officials of the Civil Supplies Department to ensure timely availability of essential commodities particularly in view of the forthcoming festivals.

    The Chief Secretary also reviewed the latest situation arising out of the ongoing agitation in Telangana and asked the officials to initiate all necessary measures to ensure proper security and safety of the life and property of the people. The Chief Secretary asked the Transport Department to see that maximum possible private vehicles ply on the roads so that the common people can reach their destinations.

    Officials explained to the Chief Secretary the latest power generation and supply position and also strike situation at Singareni and other sectors. (INN)

    Andhra News : CS reviews strike situation

    CM seeks status report on crop failure

    2011/10/13 13:38:27 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday directed all the district collectors to send a status report on the crops that were lost due to non-supply of six-hours of power in their respective districts.

    These instructions were issued after the Chief Minister held a meeting to review the reports of crop failure due to inadequate power supply. The Chief Minister asked the Collectors to submit detailed reports on the crops, which were depended on borewells, have been lost due to improper supply of six hour of power. He asked them to give details with a complete break-up of villages and mandals.

    During the meeting, the officials told the Chief Minister that as against the demand of 258 MU on Thursday, a total of 222 MU have been supplied which were procured from thermal, hydel and gas-based power plants including the power purchased from outside the state. Therefore, there was still shortage of 36 MU on Thursday. (INN)

    Andhra News : CM seeks status report on crop failure

    CM seeks additional power

    2011/9/20 15:09:05 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s appeal to the centre for more power has materialized as the central grid has agreed to supply 525 MW.

    The Punjab Government has already supplied 250 MW to the state considering Kiran Kumar Reddy's plea. Earlier, the chief minister had written to Chief Minister of Punjab for the said supply. Besides, the chief minister had also asked for 125 MW more power from Punjab which is under study.

    Similarly, for Kothagudem Thermal Power Plant and Dr Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Plant in Vijayawada, as much as 20,000 metric tonnes of coal has been supplied from Mahanadi coal fields. The government has also succeeded in getting 16,000 metric tonnes of coal from the Orissa government. The Chief Minister also requested Union Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy to arrange for supply of 1.3 MMSCMD gas for power generation. (INN)

    Andhra News : CM seeks additional power

    T ministers skips crucial meeting on strike

    2011/9/15 18:10:12 The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Employees appealed to the Telangana employees participating in the general strike to withdraw the agitation in the overall interest of the State.

    The meeting held at Secretariat here on Thursday to discuss a solution for the on-going general strike lasted for hardly 10 minutes. Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Rajanarasimha and Minister Mukesh Goud attended the meeting while other ministers from Telangana - Danam Nagender, D Sreedhar Babu and Basava Sariah did not participate for unknown reasons. Chief Secretary SV Prasad, I&PR Commissioner Burra Venkatesam and other senior officials were also present.

    In the meeting it has been decided to ensure smooth flow of power supply in order to protect the interests of the consumers. The officials have been instructed to make alternative arrangements in case the power supply was affected due to the strike in SCCL where the coal production has come to a grinding halt. The thermal plants will become non-function from Thursday midnight after the existing coal reserves exhaust in the NTPC. Later, only two units will be functional.

    Therefore, the Cabinet Sub-Committee discussed the proposal to send requisition for supply of coal from Mahanadi Coals and Western Coal fields. The committee has also specifically directed the Genco officials to take all measures for the smooth supply of power. (INN)

    Andhra News : T ministers skips crucial meeting on strike

    Withdraw general strike: Govt.

    2011/10/8 15:39:46 The State Government has asked the managements of RTC, Singareni Collieries and other departments to resume the efforts to convince their employees to withdraw the strike.

    The instructions were issued by Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi after holding a meeting at the State Secretariat with the higher officials to review the situation that has arisen due to the general strike in Telangana region. The Chief Secretary has asked the AP Genco officials to ensure maximum possible power generation by ensuring coal stocks from all available sources including the assurances given by the Secretary, Coal Ministry, Government of India.

    Dwivedi also directed the AP Discoms to see that maximum possible quality power supply to standing crops should be ensured so that crops are not dried up. He asked the Discoms to regulate power supply to all sectors, particularly essential sectors without much tripping. He said he already spoke to the Secretary, Coal, GoI to ensure coal supply on top priority to A.P. Thermal Plants.

    The Chief Secretary also reviewed the prices of essential commodities, plying of RTC buses and attendance of employees in other departments with the officials. He again directed the APSRTC management to advise the employees to immediately return to work without causing further irreparable loss to the organisation by not plying the buses. He also wanted the Singareni management to advise the employees to resume work immediately in their own interest and in the interest of the poor and common man in the State. (INN)

    Andhra News : Withdraw general strike: Govt.

    Supply quality seeds to farmers: Dy CM

    2011/9/22 19:16:41 Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha on Thursday appealed to seed companies in the state to supply qualitative seeds to farmers.

    Participating as chief guest at a programme organized under the aegis of Seedmen Association to mark its 16th anniversary at FAPCCI Bhavan, the Deputy Chief Minister said that it was responsibility of seed companies to ensure qualitative supply of seeds to farmers in the state. Stating that the Government was supplying only limited percentage of the total demand of seeds, he said that the farmers would have to get the rest from private companies.
    Recalling that a few private companies had supplied low-quality seeds to the farmers in the last season and the crop had failed, he warned that the government would initiate serious action seed companies which supply spurious seeds to farmers. He said that the government would even cancel their licence. He said that the government was ready to hold consultations with seed companies to ensure supply of qualitative seeds. (INN)

    Andhra News : Supply quality seeds to farmers: Dy CM

    CM reviews strike situation

    2011/9/17 17:50:46 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday reviewed the strike situation with the Group of Ministers and senior officials. He instructed the officials to minimise hardship to the Public, particularly the poor in the wake of strike in the Telangana region.

    Deputy Chief Minister Damodara Rajanarasimha, Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy, Chief Secretary SV Prasad and other senior officials attended the meeting.

    In view of the proposed APSRTC employees strike, the Chief Minister has directed the officials to make alternative arrangements. He has also directed that the power supply be maintained with least disturbance. He also asked the officials to maximise the efforts to import coal, purchase power to meet the shortages.

    Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed for close monitoring of power supply and to minimise the power cuts. The officials informed him that there has been a slow improvement in the attendance of employees at Singareni Collieries coal mines.

    The Chief Minister has appealed to all the employees and the employees' associations to end the strike to ensure the implementation of welfare schemes and developmental programmes. (INN)

    Andhra News : CM reviews strike situation

    Chase away T activists: CM

    2011/10/3 16:06:02 Launching a direct attack on the Telangana leaders, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday asked the farmers to chase away the Telangana activists wherever they are found.

    Addressing a large contingent of Congress activists from Adilabad district at his Camp Office, the Chief Minister said both Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhara Rao and Telangana Political Joint Action Committee chairman Prof M Kodandaram were responsible for shortage of power and coal supplies which in turn affected the power supply to the farmers. He asked them to immediately call off the general strike as the decision on Telangana was in the hands of Delhi leaders.

    As against a demand of 270 million units the State Government was trying to supply only 225 mu by purchasing the power from other states at the rate of Rs 5 per unit, the Chief Minister said. Under Nagarjunasagar and Srisailam projects water is to be released to 22 lakh acres under Kharif till October and generate power. Coal output for two more months would have helped State to save the farmers' crops, he said.

    The Chief Minister has specifically pointed out that it was due to KCR and and Kodandaram's motivation that the coal production came to a halt. He asked the farmers to face the strikers and drive them back wherever necessary.

    Kodandaram had gone to Godavarikhani and Khammam and blocked the coal production, which was not reasonable, the Chief Minister said. He said now both the farmers and government was in helpless situation due to power shortage and neither of them could afford to bear further losses. He even advised the Telangana groups to postpone the stir for two months as poor farmers need power supply at this juncture.

    The Chief Minister informed that irrigation of 75 lakh of acres depended on bore wells and in Telangana itself 60 percent depended on power supply to the wells, bore-wells and pump-sets. Under Indira Jalaprabha it was intended to help SC and ST farmers to irrigate their lands in 10 lakh acres in Adilabad district at a cost of Rs 170 crore but the strike dampened the spirits to do so, he said.

    Kiran Kumar Reddy has also appealed to the APSRTC staff to give up the strike which entered 15th day on Monday. He clarified that no one was against the Telangana solution but he called for observance of restraint over the issue and linking the issue with the welfare activities and those connected to the farmers was incorrect and unfortunate. (INN)

    Andhra News : Chase away T activists: CM

    T farmers need 7hrs power :TCong.

    2011/9/24 15:12:40 Congress MLC and AICC Secretary Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy requested the Centre to allocate more gas to the gas-based power plants in the State to meet the shortage of power supply that has arisen due to the on-going general strike in the Telangana region.

    Talking to reporters at Gandhi Bhavan here on Saturday, Sudhakar Reddy said that he had made a representation to Union Petroleum and Gas Minister S Jaipal Reddy seeking additional allocation of gas for the power plants in the State. He said that instead of resorting to power-cuts, the State Government should make alternate arrangements to ensure that farmers in the State are provided seven hours of power supply.

    The Congress MLA slammed the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for not postponing the Group-I examinations. He said due to Telangana agitation, thousands of students from the region would not be able to appear for the exam. Therefore, the exams must be postponed to an appropriate date.

    Sudkhakar Reddy also appealed to the Chief Minister, PCC President Botsa Satyanarayana and Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Raj Narasimhan to pressurise the Centre to take an early and favourable decision on Telangana. He said all the three leaders have been maintaining silence and did not make any representation with the Centre about the factual position of Telangana agitation. The party High Command must be briefed and convinced about the consequences of delaying the decision on Telangana statehood, he said. (INN)

    Andhra News : T farmers need 7hrs power :TCong.

    TRS alleges discrimination in power-cuts

    2011/9/24 14:33:52 The Telangana Rashtra Samithi on Saturday accused the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy of discriminating the farmers of Telangana region in imposing power cuts that got necessitated due to the on-going Sakala Janula Samme or the general strike.

    Talking to media persons at Telangana Bhavan, MLA T Harish Rao demanded that the State Government release a white paper on supply of power to Seemandhra and Telangana regions during the last three days. He alleged the power cuts were being imposed only for Telangana farmers and they have been left to their own fate.

    The TRS MLA said that the Chief Minister was intentionally victimising the Telangana farmers by introducing more power cuts in the region compared to Seemandhra. He said while only two hour power cuts were imposed in Seemandhra, in Telangana the government has been imposing power cuts for more than four hours. "The cuts are being imposed by creating artificial scarcity of power and the Chief Minister was indirectly trying to damage the crops," he said. "If there was real shortage of power in the state, then the Chief Minister must have imposed power cuts for the industries too."

    Though the Hydel power projects in the state are brimming with water, he alleged that the Chief Minister was not directing the officials to utilize the resources for generating additional power and doing injustice to farmers in the state by supplying six hour power. Demanding seven hour power supply to farmers, he demanded that the Chief Minister stop discriminating farmers of the region. He said that he was ready to end his life if the government proves that there was no water in the Hydel projects.

    The TRS leader slammed the Telangana ministers for not questioning the discrimination in supply of power to Telangana region. He warned that the government would be held responsible for crop damage due to inadequate power supply. He threatened to picket Vidyut Soudha if the government fails to take remedial measures in this regard. (INN)

    Andhra News : TRS alleges discrimination in power-cuts

    AP asks Centre to allocate 3.2 mmscmd of gas

    2011/8/21 20:54:36 The Andhra Pradesh Government on Sunday requested the Centre to allocate 3.2 MMSCMD of Natural Gas on top priority for power generation in the gas based projects to meet the ever growing power demand in the state.

    The request was made by Energy Department Principal Secretary Dinesh Kumar while addressing the conference of Southern states on implementation of priority power projects and other power related key issues held here on Sunday. He urged the ministry of power of GoI to expedite the matter with the empowered group of ministers (EGOM) and the Ministry of petroleum and natural gas to meet the short and facilitate power generation at all the gas-based projects to their full capacity.

    Kumar said the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was very keen that the gap between demand and supply for power should be bridged to the maximum extent and the allocation of 3.2 MMSCMD of natural gas was very crucial to the state. He said the CM had emphasized several times that power sector was very crucial for employment generation and all round development of the state, particularly Agriculture and Industry- which are two eyes of economic growth.

    The Principal Secretary reiterated that there were nine gas based projects in Andhra Pradesh with a total installed capacity of 2770 MW for which a natural gas required for these projects is 13 MMSCMD. However, the gas supply presently is only around 9.7 MMSCMD resulting in a short fall of 3.2 MMSCMD which he wanted the centre to release on priority basis. He said the Chief Minister had already addressed a letter to the centre in this connection. He requested the GoI for another allocation of 9.72 MMSCMD of natural gas for the 2100 MW APGENCO project at Karimnagar.

    Dinesh Kumar also reiterated the state Govt’s request for additional allocation of coal linkage for the APGENCO’s thermal power plants at Sattupally(1x600 MW),Vadarevu (5X800 MW) and RTPP, Kadapa (1X600 MW). He also urged the Union Power Ministry to ensure full quantum of supply of annual coal linkage of 12.5 million tonnes from the Mahanadi Coal fields to APGENCO as against the present supply of only 7.5 million tonnes .

    The Principal Secretary also requested the Secretary, Ministry of Power, GOI to restore 238 MW of power earlier reduced last year from Central Generating Stations (CGS) share and also allocate another additional 500 MW from the unallocated power of CGS to meet the unprecedented growing power demand in peak hours to the extent of 8-10 % in AP. In a record achievement in the power sector of the state the state power utilities had achieved a peak power demand of 11,289 MW and a record peak energy supply of 265 MU/per day during the month of March this year. (INN)

    Andhra News : AP asks Centre to allocate 3.2 mmscmd of gas

    Entire T region be declared drought hit: TRS

    2011/11/5 11:06:00 The Telangana Rashtra Samithi on Saturday staged a massive dharna before the Agriculture Commissioner's Office demanding that the State Government declare entire Telangana region as drought hit.

    TRS MP Vijayashanti, floor leader Etela Rajender and MLA T Harish Rao participated in the dharna which was attended by over 100 TRS workers. Raising slogans against the government, the TRS workers alleged that farmers in the region were being discriminated. Talking to reporters, Vijayashanti said that all the districts in the region were facing severe drought conditions and therefore, the government must declare the entire region, except Hyderabad, as drought hit.

    Vijayashanti said that the government must take immediate measures to help the distressed farmers who lost their crops due to drought. However, she said that the irresponsible behaviour of the government have added to the woes of already suffering farmers. Besides imposing power cuts, the government has also failed to ensure proper supply of seeds and fertlizers to the farmers in Telangana region.

    The TRS leaders demanded that the government announce a special package for Telangana farmers after declaring the entire region as drought hit. They also insisted that the government ensure that farmers get uninterrupted power supply for seven hours, quality fertilizers and seeds at subsidised rates and suitable Minimum Support Price for their produce. They also asked the government to pay compensation to the farmers who lost their crops. (INN)

    Andhra News : Entire T region be declared drought hit: TRS

    Govt to restore 7 hours of power to farmers

    2011/10/17 15:53:44 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy directed the officials to arrange supply of seven hours of power by increasing one hour from the existing six hours supply to agricultural connections in the State, as the production of coal in Singareni Collieries is coming back to normalcy.

    In a review meeting, the officials informed that possibilities are being worked out to supply seven hours power to agricultural connections. They told the Chief Minister that the Singareni Collieries have recorded highest production and dispatched 86,000 metric tonnes of coal for the first time after the strike started on September 13. Normally, the thermal stations in the State require 90,000 to one lakh metric tonnes daily.

    The Chief Minister also directed that the results of Group-II examinations conducted by the APPSC may be declared by the end of December, 2011 by completing the valuation. The officials informed that the examinations went-off well, 68.96 per cent candidates attended the examinations and the entire material reached here safely. It may be recalled that APPSC earlier stated that the results will be probably announced by February 2012. (INN)

    Andhra News : Govt to restore 7 hours of power to farmers

    CM reviews strike situation

    2011/9/19 13:25:38 Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday instructed the officials to make alternative arrangements to minimise hardship being caused to the public due to the general strike in Telangana.

    After reviewing the strike situation with the Group of Ministers and senior officials at the Secretariat, the Chief Minister also constituted two separate task forces to constantly review and find solutions to maintain power with least disturbances and to ensure and provide alternate transport arrangements for the public.

    The power task force will consist of Principal Secretary, Energy, MDs of Singareni Collieries, AP Transco and AP Genco. The power task force will coordinate the coal, gas allotments, its movement and production etc. The task force will also monitor the power purchases from other States and also ensure optimum utilisation of the resources. The other task force on transport will consist of Principal Secretary, Transport and MD of APSRTC and Representatives of Police for maintaining and ensuring to provide transport facilities to the public for making all efforts.

    The Chief Minister at the outset stressed the need to maintain essential supplies, make available power and transport to the people so that normal lives are not affected. He also wanted the 7 hours of free power supply to farmers be continued uninterrupted and domestic supply is also regulated as far as possible. He directed that railways be asked to increase the MMTS frequency and also local train services be increased to help transport of the people. Transport department was asked to issue permits to tourist and private vehicles to run in Telangana areas to help the commuters. He asked the APSRTC to see that essential city services be maintained as far as possible so that hardships of the commuters are reduced.

    Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha, Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayan Reddy, Chief Secretary SV Prasad, DGP V Dinesh Reddy, Principal Secretaries, Sam Bob, Lakshmi Parthasarathy, Dinesh Kumar, Vijayakumar, K R Kishore, Sambasiva Rao, Ajay Mishra, MD, Singareni Collieries, Narsing Rao, MD, AP Genco, K.Vijayanand, MD, APSRTC, Prasada Rao, Commissioner, Transport, Hiralal Samariya, Commissioner, GHMC M T Krishna Babu and other officials attended the meeting.

    The Chief Minister also directed that there should not be any road blockades including the National and State Highways to ensure free flow of traffic in the highways.

    Officials explained that work in Health Centres and Government Hospitals are not affected and that doctors and para medical staff are attending to the patients. The Chief Minister directed the officials to see that patients are not put to any difficulty whatsoever.

    The Officials informed the Chief Minister that all emergency services like water supply, sanitation, medical and health services are being run as usual and all precautionary measures are also being taken. The Officials informed that two-third attendance is there in the Secretariat. There is no serious power threat as on today. All arrangements are being made to import coal, purchase of power etc. are being made.

    The Chief Minister has informed that he will speak to the Centre and the Chief Minister of Haryana for extra supply of coal and power to the State. He has also asked that power supply to be maintained with least disturbance. The Chief Minister has instructed to close monitoring of power supply and to minimise the power cuts. The Officials informed that slow improvement is there in the attendance of Singareni Collieries workers in the coal mines.

    Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has appealed to all the employees and the employees' associations to end the strike to ensure the implementation of welfare schemes and developmental programmes. (INN)

    Andhra News : CM reviews strike situation

    Ensure supply of seeds, improve students’ enrolment: CM to Collectors

    2011/6/11 19:31:40 The state government has instructed the district Collectors to prepare for the distribution of 122 lakh metric tons of seeds (of all varieties) to farmers in time and overcome any problems coming in their way.

    The 122 lakh metric tons of seed is said to be about ten per cent more seeds as compared to last year.

    The Collectors were asked to tour their districts extensively and take steps to provide seeds to the farmers positively without fail. Where necessary, in case any black marketers were found exploiting the situation, the Chief Minister instructed the Collectors to ensure that they are punished.

    Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who held a video conference at the Secretariat on Saturday, told the Collectors to involve the other higher ups, take the police help and give severe punishment to those indulging in black marketing of the seeds.

    They were also clearly instructed to give publicity to the seed distribution and effect supplies to all the needy farmers without fail after educating them suitably.

    Similarly fertilizers, DAP Urea and pesticides also should be supplied after stocking them as per the requirement which was estimated to be 6.54 lakh metric tons.

    Within a fortnight, 23 lakh farmers were to be supplied input subsidy to the extent of Rs 618 crore for the Kharif season and Rs 47 crore for those raising horticulture crops. Rs 350 crore for this purpose has already been withdrawn, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said.

    The Collectors were also told to arrange issue of Loan Eligibility Cards to the farmers and Rs 20,300 crore has been fixed as the target towards crop loans. The Chief Minister directed the Collectors to cover 26 lakh farmers this year itself for issue of LE Cards.

    Referring to the BT Cotton, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said that there were some problems in the supply and only 60 percent supply was affected.

    Education fortnight

    As the schools reopen on June 13, from then on, Education Fortnight would be observed and the district Collectors were told to prioritise enrolment of poor children with a firm commitment during the first week.

    The Chief Minister left clear instructions to see that those under five years of age attend the schools and uniforms, text books would be supplied.

    In the second week, they were told to concentrate that the children should be made to understand the importance of joining schools and deplored that the state was lagging behind in literacy in the all India level.

    At an estimated cost of Rs 313 crore, 1000 school buildings would be opened in all the constituencies by the MLAs and ministers concerned.

    Another 500 buildings at a cost of Rs 150 crore plus 350 model schools at a cost of Rs 172 crore would be opened.

    Earlier School Education Minister Sake Sailajanath told the Collectors that the school drop-out rate was on the increase every year despite having spent Rs 1000 crore on school education where as private schools registered an increase in their growth.

    He deplored that government schools lacked quality teachers and advised the Collectors to display the identity and qualifications of the teachers at the schools. The Collectors were told that there was no paucity of funds and steps should be taken to enrol more and more children with emphasis on girl students overcoming any problems.

    The Minister asked the Collectors to involve and motivate the teachers for enrolment and to check the dropout rate and ensure that English is taught in the first class from this year.

    Andhra News : Ensure supply of seeds, improve students’ enrolment: CM to Collectors

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