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Nagam asks KCR how rich T State turned poor


Demanding that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao clarify how the ‘Rich State’ has turned into a ‘Poor State’, BJP leader Dr Nagam Janardhan Reddy has asked the former to release a white paper on financial status of the Telangana State.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, Nagam alleged that the TRS government was neglecting the irrigation projects. Stating that the Pay & Accounts Office (PAO) has stopped release of second quarter funds, Nagam asked how the once rich State, as claimed by the Chief Minister, has become a poor now. He alleged that the Chief Minister had constituted Anantha Ramulu Committee to study the status of the old projects and the committee submitted a report to the government. The government again appointed another three-member committee with Ministers — Kadiam Srihari, Tummala Nageshwara Rao and T Harish Rao. The Ministers’ Committee also submitted its report but there was no action on the reports, he said.

Stating that the four projects in Mahbubnagar will be completed if the TRS government allocated Rs 1,000 crores and eight lakh acres would be irrigated immediately, Nagam alleged that the State government was chanting about Telangana Drinking Water Supply Project (TDWSP) worth Rs 35,000 crore. He said the State government will provide drinking water with two taps to every house in Telangana if it completed the old projects at a cost of Rs 12,000 crore.

Alleging that the TDWSP scheme tenders rules framed in such a position that only three or four big contractors would qualify with them that too from Andhra Pradesh State, Nagam said that the sub-contractors from Telangana State would beg by touching the feet of the Andhra big contractors for sub-contracts. He alleged that the big contractors would share the 40 percent of money of contract with the big heads in the government. “KCR mistaking from the tenders level only”, he alleged.

Asking the Chief Minister to rethink on the Water Grid Project before grounding the project, Nagam said that adequate water will be available in case the government completed the old projects with Rs.12000 crore. Stating that the money was not belongs to KCR to spend as he wished, Nagam said that the money belongs to people and the government has to spend the money for peoples’ sake. He demanded the government to convene an all-party meeting to discussing all these issues. He said that the governments’ in general completes old projects before taking up new projects.

He alleged that the KCR government was running with the help of Andhra people. “Andhra soul (Congress Rajya Sabha member KVP Ramachandra Rao) embraced KCR. Andhra Soul ruling the Telangana State” he alleged. Finding fault with the government for allotting crores of rupees to the festivals, Nagam pointed out that the government has money to allot for the festivals but the same government has no money to allot for the irrigation projects. “People have to celebrate festivals and not the government”, he opined.

When asked the allegations and counter allegations between the TDP former MLA Ravula Chandrashekar Reddy and Major Industries Minister Jupally Krishna Rao on Mahabubnagar district projects, Nagam made it clear that nobody will stop the construction of the Palamuru-Rangareddy project if the government was sincere in this regard. “Not to enact dramas instead of taking up the project. Who objected when Galeru-Nagari and Veligonda projects, which have no permissions, were constructed? Not to scold others”, he said. He made it clear that Telangana Bachao Commission will take the responsibility of construction of Palamuru-Rangareddy project in case the TRS government was sincere in construction of the project. He also warned the TRS government that the Mahbubnagar people would see the end of it in case the government failed to construct the Palamuru-Rangareddy project. (NSS)

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