Hyderabad: “The State government would announce an action plan next month on the applications for ration cards, pensions and houses received during the Rachchabanda programme”, the Minister for Transport, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, has said.
Speaking to the mediapersons after the Chief Minister’s review meeting on the applications received during Rachchabanda programme, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana said that out of 32 lakh applications for ration cards received at Rachchabanada meetings, some 16 lakh applications have been found eligible in the verification. The 16 lakh eligible applications include three categories like new ration cards, addition of family members and bifurcation of families. Keeping in mind that issuance of Adhar Cards to all would take time till March next year, the Cabinet sub-committee would sit and decide issuance of new ration cards in two or three days. The issuance of 16 lakh new ration cards would cause additional expenditure of Rs 515 crores per annum to the government, he added
Reminding that 12,25,000 applications for pensions were received during Rachchabanda, the minister said that some 3,49,000 applications were found eligible and the verification of the remaining applications would be completed soon. It was expected that the total number of eligible applicants for pension may be nearly six lakhs. The officials have estimated that additional Rs 85 crores would be required to issue pensions to 3,49,000, whose applications were found eligible so far, he added.
“Out of 19,97,000 applications for housing, some 13,57,000 applicants were found eligible in the verification by the officials and the verification of the remaining applications will be completed in three or four days. It was estimated that Rs 2,000 crores were required for sanction of 12 lakh houses. Construction of houses would be taken up in a phased manner and completed in two or three years”, the Minister revealed.
Mr Satyanarayana announced that a programme would be launched to clear the applications for ration cards, pensions and housing. Besides, the Chief Minister’s assurances during Rachchabanda were also needed to be fulfilled. The officials have been directed to consolidate the assurances of the Chief Minister, which required less budget. The CM’s assurances which require thousands of crores would be kept aside and implemented separately, he clarified.
Stating that the file relating to compensatory appointments in the APSRTC was in the Chief Minister’s Office, the Minister said that the file would be cleared in a couple of days.
OPPOSITION ALLEGATIONS REFUTED
Countering the allegation of the Opposition that the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues have no courage to go to the people resulting in delaying Praja Patham, the Minister made it clear that the Praja Patham programme would be continued, but there was some delay due to reasons like Rachchabanda programme and by-elections. The government was not taking up any programme for publicity sake, he added.
Asked whether he was in the race for PCC president or Deputy CM’s post, Mr Satyanarayana felt that there would be no races in the Congress party. The party high command would give responsibilities to the leaders as required. “We should obey the decision of the high command”. He also underlined the need to maintain balance region-wise and caste-wise in appointment of posts. (NSS)