Staff Reporter

Allocation of funds for development of constituencies discussed

KARIMNAGAR: The District Review Committee (DRC) meeting on Tuesday failed to take up several public issues. Though, the meeting was held after four months, MLAs debated only about allocation of funds for development of their respective constituencies. There was no discussion on any particular issue in the daylong meeting.

During the discussion on Indiramma scheme, the MLAs focussed on sinking of borewells for supply of water for construction of houses instead of taking up the burning problem of escalation of cement prices for completion of the houses. The meeting failed to discuss rural employment guarantee scheme elaborately. Even after authorities had distributed job cards to over 3 lakh farm labourers, only a lakh and odd labourers secured employment during the last one year under the scheme.

Irrigation projects

The ambitious `jalayagnam' programme of execution of pending irrigation projects such as SRSP flood flow canal, Yellampalli and Mid Manair Dam, etc. were also not discussed. Even as Nerella legislator Kasipeta Lingaiah raised the issue of lifting of Yellampalli project waters to the upland Nerella and Sircilla segments, it was sidetracked.

Opposition legislators who had raised a hue and cry over payment of compensation to the land oustees of Mid Manair Dam reservoir during the Karimnagar parliamentary constituency by-elections recently, remained silent on the problem.

They did not even utter a word about the land oustees problem of the proposed gas-based power plant at Nedunuru village in Thimmapur mandal.

Welfare programmes

Even as the financial year was coming to a close, the meeting did not touch the progress of various welfare programmes sanctioned by the Government. Incidentally, this meeting was held without district Minister. M. Satyanarayana Rao attended last DRC meeting as Minister for Sports. Now he participated in the meeting as a legislator.

The meeting was chaired by district in charge and Minister for Minorities Welfare Md. Fariduddin.