Speaker S. Madhusudhana Chary on Wednesday asked various standing committees of Telangana legislature to take steps to ensure that there was no misuse of public money in institutions over which they had supervisory powers.
Launching the public accounts, public undertakings and estimates committees, Mr. Madhusudhana Chary insisted that the grants sanctioned by the legislature to the government be used properly.
He asked the panels to maintain strict supervision on spending by the various departments with the help of the Accountant General, who was also present.
Later, the committees met separately to draw up plans for their functioning in future. The estimates committee headed by S. Ramalinga Reddy decided to visit Samakka Sarakka jatara site in Tadvai mandal of Warangal district on May 12 to study the misuse of funds in the temple. The members will also look into the neglect of hygiene and lack of basic facilities for pilgrims at the site.
It was decided to go to the jatara site though some members were in favour of visiting Tirupati to take the blessings of Lord Venkateswara. The temples of Telangana took precedence, Mr. Reddy observed.
At the meeting of public undertakings chaired by N. Diwakar Rao, it was decided to take up affairs of a single corporation for detailed discussion at every sitting of the panel fortnightly. There are 45 corporations, most of which are yet to be bifurcated. The meeting of the public accounts committee headed by V. Kishta Reddy was attended by Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma and Principal Secretaries of all departments.
Source: The Hindu