ANDHRA PRADESH

Left parties launch ‘maha dharna’

Special Correspondent

36-hour protest aimed at highlighting lapses of the government

KURNOOL: The Left parties launched the 36-hour ‘maha dharna’ highlighting the lapses of the government at the Collectorate here on Thursday. Party MLA M.A. Gafoor and leaders T. Shadrak, K. Jagannatham and others took part in the dharna.

The protesters cooked food at the site. The dharna would continue through the night also.

Addressing the gathering, the leaders said the Congress government which promised to provide house sites to all families failed to fulfil it even after five years in office.

Migrants

They said a large number of poor families which migrated to urban areas in search of livelihood long ago, put up makeshift houses on government lands. The government could easily regularise their stay without incurring any financial burden.

The government which gave wide publicity to the housing programme did not allot any money for acquiring land for house sites. One could imagine the sincerity of the government in its promise of providing houses to all, they said.

The government could acquire land with the amount it spent on publicity and media advertisements.

Also, the government which painted a rosy picture before the middle class by promising houses under Rajiv Swagruha collected an amount of Rs. 5,000 each. But the project remained a non-starter.

The Rajiv Swagruha officials were struggling to find land for the scheme. The government officials who expressed inability to allot land for the scheme found plenty when it came to land for auction or allotting to SEZs.

Troubling beneficiaries

The Left leaders said the officials were troubling beneficiaries of the housing scheme by not sanctioning bills immediately. At many places, there was no proper infrastructure like water, power and roads. People were vexed with the non-cooperative attitude of the officials, they said.Families were seriously inconvenienced in the absence of ration cards, which were important for sanction of houses or health cards.

Also, a large number of poor were waiting for sanction of pensions, they said.

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