Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will leave on a four-day tour of New Delhi on Thursday which will include a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. Mr. Rao’s has an appointment with the Prime Minister is at 12.30 p.m. on Friday, to discuss several issues pertaining to the State, particularly the need to issue a fresh Presidential Order in view of the State government proposing a new zonal system in public employment and education. On Sunday, Mr. Rao will attend a meeting of all Chief Ministers which was convened by NITI Aayog to discuss a strategy paper prepared by it for New India 2022.
Mr. Rao went to Delhi on May 28 to meet the Prime Minister on the zonal system but returned without securing his appointment as the latter was to leave on a foreign tour. Instead, he presented the State’s case on Presidential Order to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Sources said Mr. Rao was also expected to take up with Mr. Modi the resolution adopted by the State Assembly on reservations for minorities by including the same in Schedule IX of the Constitution to insulate it from judicial review. He would also seek hike in minimum support price for paddy and link agriculture with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Mr. Rao met Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at the Raj Bhavan on Tuesday to inform him about his proposed tour. Mr. Rao last met Mr. Modi in Hyderabad over six months ago when the latter visited the city for global economic summit and inauguration of Hyderabad metro rail.