Staff Reporter

Middlemen, politicians making money: survey

Sangareddy: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) Medak committee secretary Chukka Ramulu in a letter to Minister for Housing Botsa Satyanarayana submitted results of a survey the CPI(M) had undertaken on the implementation of Indiramma in two panchayats and two wards in the municipal area.

The survey claimed that Indiramma housing had become source of income for middlemen and politicians. It pointed out that the influential were able to claim money for the existing houses just by getting them re-painted.

The CPI(M) cited the example of a beneficiary who took three different photographs in front of three different doors of the same house supposed to be in ward 25 and claimed three bills. The survey found another startling fact that the house which was photographed was in ward 29 owned by the same beneficiary. It was alleged that the officials allowed this if some one was ready to pay Rs. 5,000 per house.

In the second phase of Indiramma in 21 ward only 25 beneficiaries were selected out of a list of 165, even though the actual list of homeless stood at 350.

The survey also found that in Etigaddasangham a ‘Adarsa Gramam’ in Sadasivapet mandal 77 beneficiaries failed to get houses out of the 84 sanctioned strength.

YSR’s assurance

The Medak unit secretary reminded the Minister that Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy during his visit to the district assured priority to those who missed out in the Indiramma phase one programme.

He wanted the Minister to first grant land to the poor so that they would be able to set up a thatched house before the housing project takes off.