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BEING BLUNT: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy having a word with Finance Minister K. Rosaiah at the Collectors’ meeting in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
BEING BLUNT: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy having a word with Finance Minister K. Rosaiah at the Collectors’ meeting in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

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Wants probe into lapse in paying heed to an order issued two months ago

HYDERABAD: Expressing displeasure over bureaucratic delays, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has ordered inquiry into how an order issued by him two months ago to enhance the compensation by 200 per cent for acquisition of lands for Indiramma housing programme did not reach District Collectors so far.

“I did not know about this serious lapse till the Housing Minister brought it to my notice on Tuesday. As a result, the housing programme has suffered in urban areas where land acquisition is a problem,” a visibly upset Dr. Reddy said, while addressing the two-day conference of District Collectors that began at the Jubilee Hall here on Tuesday. Recalling the smooth acquisition of land for irrigation projects through “consent award” under which the compensation was hiked by 100 per cent, he wanted a 200 per cent increase in compensation wherever needed to ensure easy land acquisition for urban housing.

While complimenting the Collectors for their efforts in the housing programme, he, however, said the completion of only 59 per cent of the 25 lakh houses taken up under Indiramma-I was ‘unacceptable’.

He wanted them to complete at least 80 per cent of the houses by March 2009 under the three phases of the programme and saturate the housing needs of the poor.

After his opening address, Dr. Reddy is understood to have hauled up officials of the Animal Husbandry department for their failure to release the required funds to districts for purchase of hybrid varieties of cattle under Pasu Kranti scheme.

This followed the complaint by Collectors of Karimnagar and a few other districts that only 6,000 out of the targeted 1.95 lakh animals could be purchased due to lack of funds.

White ration cards

He was also unhappy that in spite of the intensive efforts to cover all families living below poverty line, a large number of eligible persons were yet to receive white ration cards. Dr. Reddy wanted Civil Supplies officials to take steps to ensure that all those eligible were given cards before December-end.

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