BJP cries foul over Mission Kakatiya

BJP cries foul over Mission Kakatiya
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The State government should come clean on Mission Kakatiya (MK) programme and order probe into the three phases of the works so far executed in the State, the district BJP leaders demanded.

Hanamkonda: The State government should come clean on Mission Kakatiya (MK) programme and order probe into the three phases of the works so far executed in the State, the district BJP leaders demanded.

Large scale misappropriation of public funds and violation of rules had taken place in the renovation of tanks under Mission Kakatiya. The ruling party leaders amassed wealth by earning commissions from the contractors, they alleged.

Speaking to presspersons in Hanamkonda on Thursday, the party district president Rao Padma and senior leader N Venugopal Reddy said a team of the party leaders would soon take up a study into the works to prove misuse of funds and violation of norms.

In a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), it was found that only 65 per cent of work was done at 145 tanks where the programme was implemented with an expenditure of Rs 100 crore. But 100 per cent bills were claimed by the contractors.

But the officials and elected representatives remained indifferent as from the lowest-level officer to MLA have had their percentages. The Irrigation Minister, T Harish Rao, make grand claims about the government earning profits as contractors quoted 25 per cent less than the estimated cost.

But in realty contractors earned 40 per cent more by doing less work. In addition to that, there were several instances where bills were claimed for the works done earlier under food for work and MNREGS, Venugopal Reddy complained.

Every norm set by the government for Mission Kakatiya works was violated intentionally by the officials. No sufficient officers were deployed though there should be on engineer and one work inspector to monitor the quality and measure the works. But officials depended on the contractors and cleared bills.

At many tanks approach channels were not built, no trees planted on bunds but bills were claimed. In violation against the rule that only irrigation tanks have to be taken up under Mission Kakatiya, Bhadrakali summer storage tank was included in the programme and allocated Rs 2.07 crore, he said.

In the case of a tank at New Shayampet, bills worth Rs 1.49 crore claimed without doing any work. Grown up trees could be found in the tank bed. The issue was taken to the notice of the officials, but no action was taken, pointed out Rao Padma.

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