Hyderabad: TRS Working President and Municipal Minister KT Rama Rao on Sunday slammed the Centre for being partial in extending financial assistance during natural calamities to the BJP-ruled States.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had turned a deaf ear to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao ‘s requests to provide immediate financial help for relief and recovery measures in Hyderabad‘s flood-hit areas.
“Prime Minister Modi approved Rs 669 crore within four days of the recent floods in Karnataka. He visited Gujarat personally during the floods in 2017 and released Rs 500 crore. But despite Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao writing a letter and requesting the release of Rs 1,350 crore as an immediate measure of relief, the Prime Minister has not replied,’ he said.
The TRS working president called the floods a man-made tragedy and blamed the previous governments in former Andhra Pradesh for ignoring the invasion of tanks and nalas as well as illegal constructions in speaking to media persons here at Telangana Bhavan.
We don’t try to wash our hands clean and have already begun to make attempts to change the conditions. But it’s going to take us a few years to clean up the decades of corruption by previous governments,’ he said.
Rama Rao also mocked the Opposition parties’ claims and requested to know where they were when the entire State government was engaged in relief and recovery activities in the flood-affected areas along with TRS elected representatives. He said that only after the water receded did both Congress and BJP leaders visit the flood-affected areas.
In addition, the Minister announced that the State Government was committed to extending financial assistance to all victims of the recent State Capital floods. He promised that if any funding shortage occurred, he would take it up with Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao personally and ensure that assistance is extended to all victims of the flood.
He pointed out that Rs 550 crore was released as an immediate relief measure by the Chief Minister, which was the highest for any state to take relief measures in any big metro region. (INN)