Asks Irrigation Secretary to streamline all works in Srikakulam district
Srikakulam: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday expressed unhappiness at the pace of execution of works of Jalayagnam in the district and found fault with the mindset of Chief Engineer (North coast projects) Prasada Rao, who said that if permission was given for nomination for works up to Rs.10 lakhs, the pace of works would improve.
These were all works requiring technical knowledge and no work should be given on nomination, Dr. Reddy said while reviewing Jalaygnam and other irrigation works at the ZP Conference hall here. When some officials gave details of percentage of works completed and assured the Chief Minister a time schedule, the Chief Minister said ‘I am not convinced’ and instructed Irrigation Secretary Sutheeratha Bhattacharya, who was present, to stay back and streamline all works in the district. The Chief Minister asked some searching questions in respect of the three packages of Vamsadhara project as also the work of side weir of the project from where water from the Vamsadhara is diverted, to the senior irrigation officials and he was not happy with the answers. “Some of the works were to be completed in 2007.We are in 2008. Still only 33 percent of the work was completed,” the Chief Minister pointed out.
No TDP leader attended the meeting and review meeting. Reviewing the work of flood banks to Vamsahdara and Nagavali rivers for which Rs. 310 crores was available, the Chief Minister said from next year there should be no complaints from the public about breaches during floods and subsequent inundation. “If we could not do this even after spending Rs. 310 crore people would not pardon us,” Dr. Reddy said. The Chief Minister was also unhappy over the slow pace work of RR (Relief and Rehabilitation) package. He wanted to speed up the execution of RR packages.
MLC s Gorle Haribabau Nadiu and Majji Sarada pointed out to some irregularities in the execution of Indiramma housing scheme. Collector N. Srikanth said he had received such complaints and action had already been initiated to set things right. The Chief Minister said while irregularities should be dealt with firmly, there might be certain cases where the ‘benefit of doubt’ principle might be applied. Ministers Ponnala Lakshmayya (Major irrigation), Dharmana Prasada Rao (Revenue) and ZP Chairman, Palavalasa Rajasekharam were present.
Speaking to newsmen later, the Chief Minister asserted that he had kept all the promises he had made. When the issue of non-implementation of his promise in respect of prohibition was brought to his notice, he said that in the manifesto it was mentioned that efforts would be made to educate people to dissuade from the habit. Was the Chief Minister happy at the ever increasing revenue from the prohibition department? “How can I be happy when people drink more and more,” he retorted, asserting that the revenue from the department was not a criteria. This habit was a world wide phenomenon and the previous Government had miserably failed to control this. He did not agree with the contention of a journalist that there were ‘belt shops’ in every village. “This was a sweeping statement. This is not correct. Show us belt shops and we will take action,” Dr. Reddy said.