Property Being Sold To Realize Poll Promises: ZPTC Member

Property Being Sold To Realize Poll Promises: ZPTC Member - Sakshi Post

Hyderabad: A Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) ZPTC member from Chevella, Rangareddy district, C Shailaja Reddy has put up her property for sale to fulfill the promised developmental works, which was said during her election campaign. Complaining that the government had not released funds for development, she has put up her own flat for sale to fulfill at least some of her electoral promises.

Sailaja Reddy, who was a homemaker before becoming a ZPTC member, had taken the first plunge into the electoral politics in 2014 when she won on the ruling TRS party ticket. Disappointed with the ruling party’s inaction in releasing developmental funds, she quit TRS to join Congress last year.

“All I had promised was the construction of drains and maintenance of sanitation, laying of roads to the fields where farmers cultivate vegetables. The Zilla Parishad, Mandal Parishads and Gram Panchayats should get funds under the 14th Finance Commission grants. Also, the State Directorate of Mines and Geology (SDMG) had to pay Rs 540 crore to the erstwhile Ranga Reddy district towards the seignior-age charges. Out of these funds, each Gram Panchayat could get about Rs 70 lakhs to take up the works. In addition, the stamp duty funds were also not being given to the local bodies. All this had made my work to deliver on the electoral promises more difficult. Wherever I go and whichever event I attend, people question me when I would keep my electoral promises. It is rather humiliating to face those questions,” she said.

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Finally, Sailaja Reddy moved to the Hyderabad High Court seeking a direction to the government to release pending funds. Though the High Court issued a direction that funds should be released within two days, the local bodies did not release any funds even after a year.

With the sale proceeds of her property, Sailaja Reddy plans to carry out basic developmental activities, with a budget of Rs 1-2 lakhs per village.

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