The Planning Commission (PC) has directed AP chief minister K Rosaiah to do away with populist schemes and concentrate on providing quality development. The PC was referring to the schemes launched by late chief minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy during the last five years.
At a meeting held in New Delhi on Friday to finalise the state’s annual plan 2010-11, Planning Commission wondered how a state’s 80 per cent of the population was poor and yet it recorded the highest growth in the country. The AP state was represented by chief secretary S V Prasad and around 22 principal secretaries and secretaries of various departments.
According to reliable sources, every scheme from free power to farmers, power subsidy to industries, Arogyasri, pensions, loan waivers, pavala vaddi and input subsidies implemented by the YSR regime between 2004-09 came in for criticism from the central panel.