Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, November 8
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) has lashed out at the Union Government for ignoring the state during its recent unprecedented floods that caused damage human life and properties. The state has estimated damages to exceed Rs 5,000 crore and had sought central assistance for distribution among the affected.
“The Union Government only makes empty promises as all requests by the state to advance Rs 1,350 crore for immediate relief have been ignored,” KCR said while accusing the NDA Government at the Centre of playing a partisan role towards BJP-ruled states at the cost of non-BJP ruled states.
He said it was highly regrettable that no help came from the Union Government, even after city like Hyderabad suffered heavy losses and central teams came and witnessed the extensive damage.
The Union Government’s attitude has been exposed to be selective as it failed to release even a single rupee as assistance in this regard, he said releasing an official statement on the issue. It may be recalled that the Union Minister of State for Home, G Kishan Reddy, who is an MP from Secundrabad had himself surveyed the damage and asked the officials to release the compensation at the earliest.
The President, Vice President and the PM had expressed shock over the heavy rains and floods and spoke to the CM and inquired about the situation in which 70 people had died.
The state is undergoing a huge financial strain as it is now estimated that the overall loss in revenue to the state during financial year 2020-21 due to the impact of COVID-19 would be to the tune of Rs 52,750 crore. A change to the state budget for the current fiscal has been proposed accordingly. For the state a fall in revenues will translate into a considerable decrease of the state’s share in Union Government taxes.
Meanwhile, Telangana’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Party working president and Municipal Minister KT Rama Rao also slammed the Centre for being partial towards the BJP-ruled states in extending financial support during the natural calamities. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned a deaf ear to the requests from KCR to provide financial support towards relief and rehabilitation measures in flood-hit areas of Hyderabad.
Giving details he said, “Prime Minister Modi sanctioned Rs 669 crore within four days after Karnataka witnessed floods recently. In 2017, he personally visited Gujarat during floods and released Rs 500 crore. But despite Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao writing a letter and seeking release of Rs 1,350 crore as immediate relief measure, there is no response from the Prime Minister.”
Speaking to mediapersons at Telangana Bhavan here, the TRS working president termed the floods as a man-made disaster and blamed the previous governments in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh for ignoring the encroachment of tanks and nalas as well as unauthorised constructions.