Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is a changed man. The recent bypoll debacle and the berating he received from the Delhi Durbar seem to have affected the CM’s style of functioning.
The CM, who was known to disregard the clock, is punctual now, say his aides. This was first evident in his arrival. If he was unpredictable earlier, he is punctual now.
He is also sitting in his office till late. “The CM is coming to the Secretariat at 10.30 am everyday and is in his office till late,” a security official posted at secretariat said. He adds that it was never the case before.
The CM has also reportedly decided to hold at least two review meetings everyday. Keeping his word, the CM held a series of review meetings on various issues related to various departments. Some of these meetings involved an emergency high level review meeting the officials of the transport department in the wake of the private bus accident in Maharastra on 16th of this month and reviews on information and public relations department and rural development department. He not only took a keen interest in reaching out to the victims stranded in Maharashtra, but immediately sent the minister for civil supplies Dr Sridhar Babu to take stock of the situation.
The CM, known for his indifference to media took an about-turn recently. “During the information and public relations department review, the CM fulfilled their long-pending ex-demands. These demands included extension of health insurance scheme to 13,000 journalists by increasing the State government’s contribution to `2.54crore. Commenting on the changed attitude, a minister said,”Change is evident. Finally, he realised what he needs to do to protect the interests of the party and meet the expectations of party high command.” The CM has also decided to meet leaders every week to find out their problems. Kiran is facing a lot of pressure from cabinet ministers and top leaders to reach out to the grassroot level workers. They have asked him to hold review meetings with leaders to instill confidence in them. The leaders feel this would help prepare the party for the 2014 elections.