Staff Reporter

TD members squat before the Chair

ZP Chairman promises probe into specific charges

Share of villages in sand auctions to be remitted

Kakinada: The alleged irregularities in selection of ‘Adarsa Rythulu’ (model farmers), rocked the Zilla Parishad general body meeting held here on Friday. ZPTCs of Congress and Telugu Desam parties abused each other soon after MLC Nimmakayala Chinarajappa (TDP) raised the contentious issue.

Both sides refused to heed Chairman Ch Venugopala Krishna’s repeated appeals to calm down to allow Minister for Small Industries Gollapalli Surya Rao to give a clarification.

Trouble started when the MLC alleged that petitions submitted by him earlier, wherein he sought action to be taken against officials responsible for the irregularities, were thrown into the dustbin. His (the MLC’s) request to Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi to take corrective action after reviewing the relevant files, angered the ZPTCs of the ruling party, who objected to the sweeping remarks made by the MLC.

The MLC disputed the Congress ZPTCs’ argument that there were only isolated instances of selection of ineligible candidates as model farmers and, asked in what way they were concerned with the issue when it was the ZP Chairman who owed explanation.

The Congress ZPTCs retorted that the MLC has no authority to prevent them from voicing their objections though they were supposed to follow the protocol. As tempers flared, the TDP members led by the MLC, squatted in front of the dais demanding apology from those who commented against him. After much persuasion by the Chairman, the TDP MLC and ZPTCs returned to their seats.

Both the Minister and ZP chairman have then promised to set things right at the earliest by inquiring into the specific charges made by the MLC.

Loan Waiver

Earlier, Joint Director of Agriculture T Nandaiah said the loan waiver announced by the Centre recently, was expected to benefit nearly 1,71,800 farmers to the tune of Rs 424 crores. However, the department is yet to receive final guidelines from the Central and State agencies concerned.

As regards the recent unseasonal rains, Nandaiah said the loss was estimated at Rs 5.22 crore.

Stating that the loss would be about Rs 25 crore, MLC Chinarajappa demanded resurvey of the fields.

Later, replying to TDP floor leader T Naveen’s questions, ZP Chief Executive Officer D Nagesh Babu said an income of Rs 12 crore accrued to Zilla Parishad from sand auctions and steps were taken to remit the share of village panchayats along with interest as per the procedures.

MLAs V Subba Rao (Prathipadu), A Bullabbai Reddy (Sampara) and other people’s representatives and district officials took part in the meeting.