Staff Reporter

`Adverse remarks demoralising officials'

  • Collectors asked to complete enumeration of affected people
  • Asks them to present correct picture to Central team
  • Seeks awareness of people on sanitation and prevention of diseases

    HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has appealed to leaders of all political parties to cooperate with the Government in tackling the post-flood situation and in ensuring unhindered relief and rehabilitation works.

    He made this appeal at a video-conference here on Tuesday while responding to the statements by District Collectors Luv Agarwal (West Godavari), P. Subramanyam (East Godavari), Sashibhushan Kumar (Khammam), R. Subba Rao (Adilabad) that officials were getting demoralised by adverse reports in the media, fuelled by criticism from the Opposition.

    Collectors' response

    The Chief Minister earlier asked the Collectors for their response to criticism in the media, quoting Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu's visit in Khammam. Several media reports had detailed the poor quality of food packets and that of the rice distributed.

    Dr. Reddy directed the Collectors to ensure that enumeration of affected people was completed and final reports reached the Relief Commissioner Preeti Sudan latest by Wednesday evening.

    He asked them to spell out the damage assessment and relief measures taken and portray the true picture of the damage wrought by floodwaters when the Central team visited their districts.

    Ministers seen with Collectors at the video-conference include P. Lakshmaiah (Major Irrigation) in Warangal, G. Vinod (Labour) in Adilabad, Botsa Satyanarayana (Marketing) in West Godavari, J. Ramamohan Rao (Roads & Buildings) in East Godavari and D. Prasada Rao (Revenue) in Srikakulam.

    The Chief Minister wanted improvement of awareness among people about boiling water before drinking and maintaining sanitation to prevent the outbreak of the disease after the flood receded.

    He lauded their services in opening community kitchens and said relief and medical camps should be run for as long as people wanted them.