Enhance minorities’ quota in 2BHK scheme: Congress

Hyderabad: The Congress party on Saturday raised serious doubts over the completion of 2BHK houses under Weaker Section Housing scheme of TRS government.

However, it demanded that the state government increase the quota for minorities in proportion to their population in each district. Led by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Minorities Department Chairman Shaik Abdullah Sohail, a delegation of senior Congress leaders including TPCC official Spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin, Hyderabad City Minorities Dept chairman Sameer Waliullah and others, went to the office of Housing Corporation Managing Director Chitra Ramchandran to submit a representation. However, on being denied appointment, they submitted the representation copy in her office.

Speaking to media persons later, Abdullah Sohail said that the state government has so far sanctioned 2,80,616 2BHKs in 31 districts. Of them, only 16,370 units have been reportedly completed. He said that the Congress leaders wanted to meet the Chief Secretary, Housing Corporation Chairman or Principal Secretary to get the actual status of 2BHK construction in the State.

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However, he said by denying an appointment, the officials have given a clear message that there was nothing for them to explain as the construction of 2BHK units have been stopped for want of funds. Abdullah Sohail informed that the state government had issued G.O. MS. No. 10 on October 15, 2015, reserving 7 percent of 2BHK for minorities in rural areas while the percentage was 12 percent in Urban areas.

He said these guidelines interim as the data pertaining to SC/ST/Minorities population in each Assembly constituency was not provided. Further, he said these guidelines were prepared when Telangana had only 10 districts.

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