The government of Andhra Pradesh, which is yet to have a capital city, held the flag-hoisting ceremony at Neelam Sanjeev Reddy Grounds at Anantapur in Rayalaseema. The Telangana government, on the other hand, held it at the historic Golconda Fort.
While AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu criticised the Centre for not releasing funds post-bifurcation, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao announced a slew of schemes, including subsidies for farmers.
Speaking at Anantapur after unfurling the flag, Naidu slammed the NDA government at the Centre, saying it had failed to honour promises made to the state.
He demanded that the Centre grant special category status to the state and also establish a new railway zone at Visakhapatnam. “We are constantly in touch with the Centre regarding the promises made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 and have also sought the funds assured to us. I requested PM Narendra Modi several times to support Andhra Pradesh till it comes on a par with other states. I will fight till we get what was promised to us. I need people’s cooperation,” he said.
He announced a package for the overall development of Anantapur, a backward district.
The Telangana government, on the other hand, announced 100 per cent subsidy for small and marginal farmers.
In his Independence Day address at Golconda Fort, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said the state government is set to launch several welfare measures for farmers. He said the Kalyana Lakshmi scheme would be extended to backward classes and Rs 100 crore would be allocated in the state budget for the welfare of poor Brahmins.
In the coming months, the state will get 1000 MW of power from Chhattisgarh, he said. The state is attracting huge investment from all sectors, he said, adding that it has received investments worth Rs 46,000 crore so far.