HYDERABAD: Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy has blamed the “family of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao” for an unprecedented situation in which “so much ministerial and administrative power has been vested in so few for so long despite such poor performance.”
Kishan Reddy, in a statement, blasted the “Kalvakuntla family” for deliberately “spreading misinformation and lies via social media”.
In the statement, focusing on central government assistance to Telangana for the Smart Cities program, Kishan Reddy said, “Telangana has been the furthest behind state” in implementing this project, and instead , leaders of the ruling TRS party claim that “not even a single rupee has been donated by the Center to the State for the project.
The Union minister, who has been embroiled in an ongoing battle with the state government over the issue of paddy supply for some time now, on Wednesday weighed in on the issue of setting up implementation of the Smart Cities project, saying Telangana has yet to fully release its corresponding share. of Rs 392 crore, an amount which was donated to the State by the Center for the project in the towns of Warangal and Karimnagar.
He said that out of the Rs 1,000 crore allotted to the two cities by the Centre, he has sent Rs 392 crore, while the state has so far, after much pressure from the Centre, released Rs 210 crore. rupees in 2021-22, five years later the projects would take off.
He said the timely release from the state would have ensured better drainage and sanitation facilities and would have helped Warangal and Karimnagar better cope with the recent floods. He said the Smart Cities project operates on a 50-50% cost-sharing basis.
He also said that further, the Government of India has allocated Rs 2,780 Crore under the Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation (AMRUT) 2.0 including funds for 66 projects worth Rs. Rs 1,660 crore which was part of the approved plan for the first phase of the mission. , covering 12 cities in the state.
Kishan said that with members of the Kalvakuntla family in charge of “essential ministries of finance, health, medicine and family welfare, irrigation, land and revenue, business taxes, mining, municipal administration and urban development, industries, information technology, electronics and communication, “any blame for the poor performance of projects lies” squarely with the state government of Telangana, which has not allocated its share under the matching grant for Smart Cities projects”.
The Telangana government’s annual budget statement revealed ‘apathy for smart city projects’, with the finance minister in last year’s budget acknowledging that the state’s corresponding share in 2019 and 2020 was zero.
“The Kalavakuntala family of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao is better advised to focus on the government of Telangana and the allocations made, rather than blaming the Indian government,” Kishan Reddy said.