ANDHRA PRADESH

Ex-GM of TRICOR to be sacked

HYDERABAD July 26. The Government has asked the A. P. Public Service Commission (APPSC) to dismiss A. Venkata Rayudu, former General Manager of TRICOR (A. P. Scheduled Tribes Finance Corporation), according to Social Welfare Minister, J. R. Pushparaj.

He is now under suspension in connection with the deposit of TRICOR funds to the tune of Rs. 11.25 crores in various cooperative banks instead of nationalised banks in 1998 and 1999. The then Deputy General Manager, Ch. Chandrasekhar, has already been dismissed.

Answering supplementaries during question hour in the Assembly on Friday, the Minister said a sum of Rs. 8.35 crores had been recovered from five banks. Civil and criminal action had been initiated to recover the balance of Rs. 2.90 crores from Jawahar Cooperative Bank, he added.

Further, the Registrar of Cooperative Societies had taken action against N. Dhatri Devi and N. Seetharamaiah of the Cooperative Department who were working as Manager (Accounts) and Accountant respectively at that time, the Minister informed Seethamsetti Venkateswara Rao (TDP).

Probe by Collector: Answering a spate of supplementaries by M. Mareppa (Congress), Mr. Pushparaj agreed to ask the Kurnool District Collector to order an enquiry into allegations that a lift irrigation scheme for Scheduled Castes in the Yemmiganur constituency had been cornered by the forward castes.

The Congress member staged a brief dharna near the podium apparently unconvinced by the Minister's statement that 192 out of 227 beneficiaries belonged to the SC community. Alleging that the Transport Minister, B. V. Mohan Reddy, had a hand in the irregularities, he said the passbooks and pattas were in the names of SCs but the real landowners were others.

The Minister said there was no need for an enquiry since Collector had already inspected the scheme and sanctioned Rs. 17 lakhs margin money while the MRO had inspected the caste certificates of the beneficiaries. He relented on the intervention of the Congress leader, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who said Mr. Mareppa's contention was that there were no Dalits at present.

Fake transporters: The State Police had come across 29 cases during the last three years involving lorries with fake registration numbers disappearing with goods, the Home Minister, T. Devender Goud, said.

He told Challa Ramakrishna Reddy (Congress) that police had busted 12 cases and booked cases against the accused. Four of these cases had resulted in convictions while an equal number could not be detected. The highest number of nine cases were reported from Adilabad district.

Mr. Devender Goud said transporters and lorry owners had been advised not to hand over goods to unknown drivers without thorough verification of documents and other particulars. However, the problem could be overcome only after introduction of high security number plates.

AICTE office in Hyderabad: The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is examining the State Government's request for setting up a regional office in Hyderabad.

The Minister for Technical Education, M. Damodar Reddy, told P. Mahender Reddy (TDP) that a favourable response was likely since the Government had conceded AICTE's request for providing accommodation of about 1,000 sq.ft. on the JNTU campus for the regional office.

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