ANDHRA PRADESH

Rajoli villagers still live in makeshift tents

Spot visit:TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu, J. Ranga Reddy of CPI (M) and B. Mallesh (CPI) at the relief camp in flood-hit Rajoli in Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Friday.   | Photo Credit: - Photo:P.V.SIVAKUMAR

B. Chandrasekhar

Team of 50 MLAs led by TDP president Chandrababu Naidu visits village

RAJOLI: (Mahabubnagar district): A team of 50 legislators of the Telugu Desam and Left Parties led by TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu visited Rajoli village to expose the government for doing precious little to rehabilitate families hit by the worst-ever flood in October 2009.

Mr. Naidu entered several make-shift tents in which the flood victims are living since the past six months and enquired whether the government had rendered them any help. Most of them informed him that not a single house had been built for those who were displaced by the flood forcing them to live in tents. Only those who could re-build their houses had returned to their homes.

Home to about 3,500 families, Rajoli village was one of the worst-affected by the devastating flood last year. Almost the entire village was washed away after the Sunkesula Barrage gave way and deluged Rajoli. Mr. Naidu told accompanying journalists that the smiles had not returned to the faces of the villagers who were as dejected as they were after the flood. Lack of shelter and employment had proved wrong the government claims in the Assembly that the lives of Rajoli people were restored. Except for disbursing Rs. 8,000 in cash, 20 kg rice and 5 litres of kerosene, the government had failed to give anything to the affected families, he pointed out.

He said it was unfortunate that instead of visiting the affected people, the Ministers were whiling away their time. CPI floor leader G. Mallesh, CPI MLA J. Ranga Reddy, N. Janardhan Reddy, E. Dayakar Rao, Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu (TDP) and others accompanied Mr. Naidu.