Large-scale irregularities in selection alleged
The beneficiaries are selected from posh localities BJP demands an inquiry into the selection process
KARIMNAGAR: The allocation of house sites to beneficiaries under the ambitious Indiramma housing scheme at Chintakunta village on the outskirts of Karimnagar town is snowballing into a big controversy, following the large-scale irregularities in the selection of beneficiaries.
It is alleged that a majority of beneficiaries were selected against the norms stipulated by the Government. A house site should be given to only one beneficiary of a family from the below poverty line (BPL), but there were instances of a family securing more than two house sites. Instead of selecting beneficiaries from the slums, the beneficiaries were selected from the posh locality of Tower Circle, Jyothinagar and Mankammathota who were already having houses.
According to revenue authorities, the Indiramma division corporators forced them to include the Government employees as the beneficiaries of Indiramma housing scheme.
They also stated that several fake beneficiaries' names were also included in the list by quoting wrong addresses. In the first phase of Indiramma scheme, the Government had allocated house site pattas to about 3,200 beneficiaries and plotting was done for about 1,631 beneficiaries in the 47-acre site in Chintakunta village.
On the other hand, about 380 Vaddera families living on the Ganeshnagar bypass road and other parts of Baghathnagar localities were denied house site pattas in spite of having white ration cards. Incidentally, the huts belonging to the Vaddera families were washed away during the floods in Karimnagar town, but they were denied house sites.
BJP town president D. Sridhar alleged that there were large-scale irregularities in the selection of beneficiaries under the Indiramma housing scheme and demanded an inquiry into the entire selection process.
He alleged that the corporators in collusion with the revenue authorities have collected money from the rich and influential people and distributed house site pattas denying the benefits to genuine people.