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Fund misuse slur on Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Fund misuse slur on Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
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The Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments failed in utilising the one per cent cess amount collected from buildings and other construction projects for the welfare of the construction labour.This was stated against the backdrop of the Supreme Court observations on the issue and its directive to the State governments to spend the same without fail.

Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya says it is shameful that both the Telugu speaking States used cess collected for labour welfare for foreign tours, buying luxury cars and even refreshments
New Delhi: The Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments failed in utilising the one per cent cess amount collected from buildings and other construction projects for the welfare of the construction labour.This was stated against the backdrop of the Supreme Court observations on the issue and its directive to the State governments to spend the same without fail.

Speaking to the media, the Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya said it was the duty of the State governments to spend money on such welfare activity. Unfortunately, the AP government had collected Rs 1,153.61 in three years after the bifurcation of unified State but had spent only Rs 205.46 crore on labour welfare.

The Telangana government had collected Rs 443.12 crore out of which only Rs 98.69 crore was spent for the welfare of labourers. The Minister said it was shameful that both the Telugu State governments had spent the funds, instead, on official foreign tours, in buying luxury cars and on infrastructure improvement of their offices and even on refreshments. The governments were, moreover, diverting the funds to other departments, he added.

A total of Rs 31,762 crore had been collected countrywide through the cess by the State governments, but only Rs 6,000 crore had been shown as spent on welfare activities. Action would be initiated against such violations, he warned.He also announced the appointment of Vedurlapally Srinivasa Naidu of Jammalamadugu of YSR Kadapa district as chairperson of the Central Building and Other Construction Workers' Advisory Committee, for a period of three years. Srinivasa Naidu is a Swayam Sewak who also worked in ABVP, BJYM and the BJP in various capacities. He is a law graduate.

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