Early completion of houses for poor sought

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MAKING A POINT: Minister for Tourism and Industries J. Geeta Reddy and Minister for Rural Development D. Srinivas at the DRC meeting in Nizamabad on Friday.
MAKING A POINT: Minister for Tourism and Industries J. Geeta Reddy and Minister for Rural Development D. Srinivas at the DRC meeting in Nizamabad on Friday.

Staff Reporter

MLA charges officials at DRC meet with misleading him on sanction of houses to non-Indiramma villages

Departments permitted to recruit field staff, says Minister Government to move Supreme Court on Babli project issue

NIZAMABAD: The District Review Committee meeting held here on Friday with Minister for Tourism and Industries J. Geeta Reddy in the chair laid emphasis on early completion of houses sanctioned under various schemes to poor and weaker sections.

Participating in the discussion, E. Ravinder Reddy, Yellareddy MLA, alleged that authorities had misled him by saying that houses would not be sanctioned to non-Indiramma villages. Surprised over this, Ms. Geeta Reddy pulled up the authorities concerned.

The member also pointed out that the execution of housing scheme was going on at a snail's pace. He said when the construction of 1,000 houses, allotted under the MLA's quota, was so slow how could the other houses be completed.

Harassment alleged

B. Sudarshan Reddy, Bodhan MLA, complained that the level-wise payment was not being made to beneficiaries and they were being harassed by the authorities. Officers were not making field visits and there was dearth of field staff.

Admitting that there was lack of field staff, Minister for Rural Development D. Srinivas said Government had permitted respective departments to recruit the staff on contract basis as per their requirement.

In response to a complaint by Mr. Ravinder Reddy that the gram sabhas for selection of beneficiaries were not conducted properly, the Minister said the selections could be verified by June 30.

Mr. Sudarsan Reddy said though beedi workers had paid Rs.5,000some seven months ago, they had not been sanctioned houses so far by the Union Labour Ministry. Member of Parliament Madhu Goud Yaskhi said if the details were furnished he would pursue the matter with the Union Minister.

The housing officials explained that out of 3,600 houses meant for beedi workers, 769 had been sanctioned so far. However, name-wise list of beneficiaries was not given.

When the issue of construction of the Babli project across the Godavari by Maharashtra Government figured in the discussion, Mr. Srinivas reiterated that the Government had decided to take a legal recourse by moving the Supreme Court.

He said the Maharashtra Government had violated the norms.The MLAs -- S. Santhose Reddy and S. Gangaram and the Collector, I. Srinivasa Srinaresh -- attended the meeting.

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