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Ministers accused of ‘terror reign’

Staff Correspondent

Rules have lost sanctity: Bellary JD(S) chief



‘Details of projects under way not being made public’

Officials under Ministers’ thumb,

he alleges



BELLARY: N. Pratap Reddy, president of the district unit of the Janata Dal (Secular), has charged the district administration with acting subservient to Ministers from the district.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, he said the district administration had flouted most rules and had been functioning at the behest of the Ministers. He said rules and procedures had lost sanctity. He also criticised Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa for turning a blind eye to the Ministers’ style of functioning. He said the people were now living in an atmosphere of fear as the Ministers had taken control of the administration.

Citing instances, he said road-widening works in the city had been undertaken, but rules had been violated. The ring road project was also being carried out in secrecy, with most details not being made public. “The district administration is tight-lipped on issues such as the estimated cost for roadworks, finalisation of tenders and implementing agencies. The projects have already commenced and machinery belonging to construction companies are at work,” he said.

Mr. Reddy said he had applied under the Right to Information Act seeking all details pertaining to the inter-State border encroachment near Sandur, by the Obulapuram Mining Company, owned by G. Janardhan Reddy, Minister for Tourism. Details had also been sought on the road widening work undertaken in the city, he said but added that he was yet to get a reply even after 80 days of applying. “This is indicative of the fact that the officials are under the thumb of the Ministers,” he said.

Mr. Reddy was also unhappy that the Bellary Agenda Task Force (BATF) headed by the Deputy Commissioner, had invited tenders for taking up a Rs. 50-crore project relating to infrastructure development. He questioned the need for the initiative when the City Corporation and the Bellary Urban Development Authority were there to take on such projects.

To a question, he said he would soon file an appeal with the State Information Commission seeking details applied for. “Until we have some documentary details, any protest by us will be futile. On getting them, we will chalk out a plan of action”, he added.

Mundargi Nagaraj, Janata Dal (S) leader, was present.

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