ANDHRA PRADESH

Lukewarm response to Rosaiah’s visit

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on Tuesday visited some flood-affected areas in the city and outskirts amid remonstrations by the victims.

The visit evoked lukewarm response at Ibrahimpatnam, about 20 km from here, while protests and sloganeering marred his visit to Gita Nagar in Krishnalanka in the city. His tour was confined mostly to distribution of flood relief cheques and other material to a handful of beneficiaries at these places. The villagers of Ferry near Ibrahimpatnam, who were badly affected by the flood, were unhappy as there was not much of an interaction and no announcements made.

They complained to him that the officials lacked interest in the enumeration of flood victims and it was not benefiting the victims in anyway. While some felt that the flood relief was satisfactory, others said that the charity extended by voluntary organisations was much better compared to the help extended by the government.

At Ibrahimpatnam, the Chief Minister distributed flood relief material and also handed over compensation cheques to a few victims whose houses were damaged . . The residents of Bhupesh Gutpa Nagar and other localities, whose houses were inundated in the flood waters, were stopped about 100 metres away from the programme venue. As the Chief Minister paid no attention to their requests to visit their localities, the flood victims resorted to protests and sloganeering.

Even the three women who were shortlisted to receive the flood relief from the Chief Minister had a bitter experience as Mr. Rosaiah did not give full audience to their grievances.