HYDERABAD: During the third day of the ongoing budget session of Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Ministers targeted former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy holding him responsible for many perceived ‘wrongs’ and diversion of funds meant for SCs and STs during his regime. While replying to the questions by the members on different issues, several Ministers picked holes in the policies adopted by then YSR government.
‘SC/ST funds diverted’
In his reply to questions posed by YSRC MLAs K Sarveswara Rao, Rajanna Dora and Eswari Giddi seeking the details of funds sanctioned for different schemes under SC, ST Sub-Plan, Social Welfare Minister Ravela Kishore Babu explained that ` 8,584.83 crore was allocated in the erstwhile undivided AP under SC Sub-Plan, of which Rs ` 7,576.27 crore was allocated to 42 HoDs. He later tabled the details of funds released under Tribals Sub-Plan and utilised by various departments.
The Minister said when YSR was Chief Minister ` 40,000 crore from the SC/ST funds were diverted for Jalayaganam. Even as Leader of Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and other YSRC MLAs stood up in protest objecting to the remarks, Ravela continued his reply. When the Minister started referring to the work done during N Chandrababu Naidu’s earlier regime and comparing it with YSR’s regime, his mike was silenced. When Rajanna Dora sought to know as to whether the unspent amount from both SC and Tribal Sub-Plans would be carried forward, Ravela said that a decision would be taken in due course.
Housing Minister blames
Even while answering a question pertaining to the housing posed by Rajanna Dora, Housing Minister K Mrunalini observed that corrupt practices and policies of the previous governments had left the State in onfusion as far as housing was concerned. According to her, 37,508 houses were sanctioned and constructed prior to 1983 and between 1983 to 2003, a total 29,03,672 houses were sanctioned and constructed and 39,55,209 houses were sanctioned and constructed from 2004 to 2013 in the state. She informed that between 1979 to 2014, 20,82,390 houses for SCs ad 6,69,427 houses for STs were sanctioned and completed. She also provided district wise details.
NTR Sujala from Oct 2
With regard to the questions posed by YSRC MLA Jyothula Nehru and others regarding supply of mineral water, Panchayat Raj and RWS Minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu said through NTR Sujala Pathakam, safe potable water of 20 litres for ` 2 each would be supplied to each household from October 2.
Oppn demands debate
When the status of works pertaining to modernisation of Godavari delta and the delay were sought, Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said that due to contractual issues and non-availably of adequate working periods, there was delay in completion of works. Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao describing the modernisation of Godavari delta as serious, asked the Opposition to submit the subject in a different form.
Earlier, Minister for Labour and Employment K Achannaidu replying to the questions of YSRC MLAs regarding schemes for building construction workers and those of unorganised sector, said tat there has been no scheme for domestic workers and in regard to scheme for the building and construction workers, he tabled a detailed statement.