Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: A State-level conference of public representatives of the CPI condemned the decision of the government to launch developmental works by allocating funds to district in-charge Ministers. The move was aimed at overlooking the role of public representatives and awarding the works on nomination basis to Congress workers and contractors with an eye on elections. The government should drop the proposal and release the amount of Rs.1,200 crores directly to the local bodies, a resolution adopted at the conference said.

CPI State secretary K. Narayana criticised the government for misusing the name of Rajiv Gandhi who took steps to enact the 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendments which ensured devolution of powers to local bodies.