ZPTCs vent ire over protocol violations
GUNTUR: The general body meeting of the Guntur Zilla Parishad on Wednesday turned a battleground between the ZP Chairperson and the ZPTCs, the latter alleging that they were being sidelined during sanctioning of works and at inaugurations in their constituencies. For Z.P Chairperson Kuchipudi Vijaya, this will be the last budget meeting as her tenure ends in 2010.
The members approved the estimated budget for 2010-2011 with a surplus of Rs.2.14 crores, which was far less compared to Rs.10.73-crore surplus shown in 2009-2010. The expenditure for 2009-2010 was estimated at Rs.4.58 crores, as against the revenue of Rs.4.60 crores.
The expenditure in the revised budget for 2009-2010 was shown as Rs.4.68 crores against the revenue of Rs.4.78 crores.
The MLC Rayapati Srinivas urged the general body to allot maximum amount of funds towards education sector. He said that infrastructure in high schools needed to be spruced up as attendance in primary schools had witnessed a steep fall.
Teacher MLC K.S. Lakshmana Rao supported the contention and wanted the Rajiv Vidya Mission of exploring the possibility of meeting the salaries of watchman, computer operator and construction of additional class rooms in high schools.
Vemur MLA Nakka Anand Babu also joined the issue over protocol violations accusing the officials of Rajiv Vidya Mission for violating the protocol and not inviting him for official functions. Ponnur MLA D. Narendra Kumar alleged that Rs.5 lakhs have been diverted from the SC component towards works taken up.
The ZP Chairperson tried to placate the ZPTCs by saying that she had only tried to address the problems of the people, but the ZPTCs remained firm and wanted an apology. Kakumanu ZPTC Seelam Ravi, Tsunduru ZPTC Gade Sivarama Krishna and others raised the issue.
Intervening in the discussion, District Collector B. Ramanjaneyulu admitted there had been lapses in the protocol arrangements and assured that they would be rectified. Referring to the protocol violations in Kakumanu, he said that disciplinary action has been initiated against concerned officials of the R.W.S department.