Hyderabad: The Minister for Panchayat Raj & Rural Water Supply, Mr K Jana Reddy, on Friday refuted the allegations of the TRS leader, Mr Harish Rao, that injustice and discrimination was meted out to Telangana region in the allocation of Rural Water Supply (RWS) funds.
Speaking to the media in the Secretariat on Friday, Mr Jana Reddy said that as per the proposals sent in 2008, the Centre had released Rs 550 crores to the State for 2010 and 2011 under 13th Finance Commission. Out of Rs 550 crores, the lion’s share of Rs 323 crores were allocated for the Telangana region, he added. “I am a Telangana partial man. I will see no injustice meted out to the region. As a minister to the entire State, I have responsibility to look after all the regions equally”, he added.
Responding to Mr Harish Rao’s allegation that he remained mum on Telangana statehood issue after becoming minister, Mr Jana Reddy said that he would talk on the issue at an appropriate time. He said that he was working for years to end discrimination meted out to the Telangana region in all matters.
The Minister also assured that reservations would be provided to all BC castes, which were recognized by the BC Commission, in local body elections. The State government would also seek suggestions from legal experts on the question posed by the Supreme Court on the basis for ‘backward’.
Referring to the Supreme Court verdict that the BC uota should not cross 50 per cent, he said that the government would take steps that no injustice was done to the BCs in local body elections.
Earlier, Mr T Harish Rao met the Minister in his chamber and presented a representation on discrimination meted out to Telangana in RWS funds. (NSS)