Housing for Poor: CM Warns against Irregularities

Chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao has directed revenue officials not to give any scope for corruption in the construction of two-bedroom flats for the poor. The certificates given by tahsildars should be genuine for selection of eligible beneficiaries of the housing programme, he said.

At a conference of district collectors and SPs held here on Tuesday, Rao pointed out that the housing programme had become a synonym for corruption in the past. Irregularities worth around Rs 5,000 crore took place in one single year and close to 300 officers were suspended. Such a situation should not recur now in Telangana state, he said. “If any official indulges in malpractice or corruption, the government will take stern action against him. All should work carefully and see that the programme is implemented in a transparent manner and eligible persons are benefited,” he said.

“Tahsildars should select only eligible beneficiaries and give certificates accordingly. Action will be initiated if any mistake takes place in issuing certificates,” he warned and asked district collectors to supervise issuance of certificates.

The chief minister reiterated that the government would build 400 double-bedroom flats in each Assembly constituency this year. The number will be increased from next year.

Rao said the rule that land should not be acquired within a 5-km radius in mandal headquarters and other towns would be relaxed. Land would be acquired within 5-km radius in towns for the housing scheme.

Source: The New Indian Express

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