Under-performer tag on 14 ministers

Under-performer tag on 14 ministers
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Barring T Harish Rao, G Jagadish Reddy and C Laxma Reddy, all the 14 ministers have failed in achieving the targets set by the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao in the construction of two-bed-room houses.

Not a single house has been completed in 21 districts, including Sircilla Rajanna district which is represented by IT Minister K T Rama Rao
Hyderabad: Barring T Harish Rao, G Jagadish Reddy and C Laxma Reddy, all the 14 ministers have failed in achieving the targets set by the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao in the construction of two-bed-room houses.

The government allotted 2.66 lakh houses this year. The ministers, who have been entrusted to complete at least one lakh houses, could succeed in finalising tenders for 41,250 houses only. Among them, works have been started for 24,700 units. The total number of houses completed were only 1930.

The Siddipet district from where the CM and Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao represent, registered high number of completed houses ie 588, followed by Mahbubnagar -225 (represented by Health Minister C Laxma Reddy, Suryapet – 192 (represented by Energy Minister Jagadish Reddy) and in the erstwhile Khammam district (represented by Roads and Buildings Minister T Nageswara Rao) - 230 houses.

According to a status report on 2 BHK scheme prepared by the State government, not a single house was completed in 21 districts including Rajanna Sircilla district, represented by State IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao.

In the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits, only 396 houses were constructed out of one lakh allotted. Tenders have been finalised for 42,700 units and the works started for 14,700 units only.

The total number of houses allotted by the government were 2.66 lakh, out of which tenders have been finalised for 83, 900 houses.

Works have been started for the construction of 39,400 houses. The total expenditure incurred on the construction of houses was only Rs 396 crore this year.

Top officials told The Hans India that 13 ministers have failed to complete the works in scheduled time. The ministers were given responsibility to complete the tendering process and completion of works in their respective erstwhile districts in coordination with the District Collectors.

Ministers have said that lack of interest among contractors was the main reason for the delay in taking up the housing scheme. Private agencies have been demanding for the increase of work estimations as they were unable to take up works at the cost of Rs 5 to 6 lakh per unit.

Officials said that Chief Minister would hold a meeting with the ministers and resolve all the issues raised by his colleagues for the completion of housing scheme in every district before this year end.

By Patan Afzal Babu

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