Shankar Rao receives pleas from weavers, Indiramma beneficiaries, jobless

Handlooms and Textiles Minister P. Shankar Rao has said that corrupt officers in various departments will be chased and called upon people to fight against corruption.

Responding to the complaints made by the public at the review meeting held here on Tuesday, the Minister said there were some officials who were harassing the people for commission in sanctioning loans, sewing machines and other units under various schemes. In many cases, the government schemes are not reaching the beneficiaries due to the ill-treatment meted out by some persons with vested interests, he said.

“People should fight corruption and chase the officers and the public representatives. Even if I resort to any misuse of funds, don't leave me,” the Minister said adding that some corrupt persons had been identified in a few districts and the names would be revealed at an appropriate time.

The Minister received petitions from the weavers, Indiramma housing scheme beneficiaries, unemployed youth and Scheduled Castes and heard their problems with patience. He directed the officials to sanction sewing machines for eligible Scheduled Caste women and provide subsidy for the loans extended to housing scheme beneficiaries.

The Minister said it was not correct that I have become silent on separate Telangana State after taking charge as Minister, and a positive decision on formation of Telangana State would be announced soon. Reiterating his commitment towards Telangana State, Mr. Shankar Rao said that he was the person who held meetings with South Central Railway officials and made them lift about 1,300 cases filed against youths who participated in separate Telangana and United Andhra Pradesh agitations.

Asked about the change of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, the Minister said he was satisfied with Mr. Kiran Kumar's performance, but would stick to the high command's decision in this regard. He said there was no threat to Congress government in State with YSR Congress leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, who won with a huge majority in the recent by-polls in Kadapa district.

District Revenue Minister B. Rami Reddy, Khadi and Village Industries Commission Deputy Director C.H.J. Manohar, Handlooms and Textiles Assistant Director D.Nageswara Rao and others were present in the meeting.

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