Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao handed out a tough warning to the Congress for the way it had been conducting itself showing scant regard for the State’s interests and thanked the High Court for its sympathetic stand on the fate of 20,903 outsourced employees, in its interim judgement on their absorption by the State-owned power utilities.
Reiterating his unwavering commitment to the State’s progress, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao declared that his government’s concentration on development would not be diverted with what he termed as ‘cheap tactics’ of the Congress, which was leaving no stone unturned to hinder the growth path.
Holding the Congress squarely responsible for the legal hurdles being created by resorting to public litigation, stalling the implementation of every major decision that was intended to undo the injustice being meted out to the various section of workers and employees both within and outside the fold of the government, he said that this would certainly boomerang on the Congress. The party, which was already rejected by the masses would pay a heavy price once again, he said.
To tour State
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said he would embark on an extensive tour of the State to expose the sinister designs of the Congress. He spared no words in denouncing the opposition party, accusing it of using public interest litigation (PIL) to stall whatever development activity the government was taking up.
Chandrashekhar Rao’s observations came in the backdrop of a petition filed before the Hyderabad High Court on the government’s move to ‘absorb’ 21,000 persons who were employed with the energy department on a contract basis. The court ruled that while regularisation could not be done, they could continue in their jobs.
Stating that the contract employees being absorbed by the power utilities had no reason to lose heart as they would be offered a little higher than what the court directed, the Chief Minister explained that the government was only trying to end the exploitation of the 21,000 persons, who were not being paid directly by the government so far.
The contractors who engage them would take 15 per cent commission from the money paid. “We were only trying to set this anomaly right,” the CM explained, pointing out that it was not a case of regularisation but only absorption according to the guidelines given by the apex court in a previous case.
He charged that the Congress, which was losing hopes of mustering people’s support, was deliberately filing PILs with political motives. “As soon as the government issued an order, it has become a habit for them to file PILs.” Chandrashekhar Rao was forthright in his observations when he said that the politics being practised by the Congress would not fetch votes but “people would teach it a lesson”.
The Chief Minister said a total 196 cases and public interest litigations were filed by the Congress and its supporters to stall various developmental projects in the State with the intention of defaming the government. “To create hurdles for the ongoing irrigation projects 119 cases were filed in the courts, which shows how the national party was behaving towards the development of the State,” the Chief Minister said.
KCR said that never in the history of Congress rule, was compensation ranging from Rs 6 lakh to 12 lakh per acre paid for land acquisition in the State. The TRS is protecting all interests of the land oustees and giving highest compensation, he said. “Soon after a Government Order was released, the Congress is eagerly waiting to get a copy to file PIL in court. Is this the way a responsible opposition party acts, he asked, adding they can’t get mileage by filing cases in courts, but would invite the wrath of the people,” KCR said.
Citing an example of the Congress’ politics to stall the progress of the irrigation projects, the Chief Minister said at Kondapochamma project the farmers parted with their lands of 4,200 acres out of 4,400 acres required for the construction of project, and the remaining 200 acres was not acquired due to the Congress prevailing on the farmers not to give their lands for the project.
The Chief Minister termed the Congress as ‘number one villain’ for the development of Telangana. Starting from forceful merger of Telangana into Andhra Pradesh, suppression of the 1969 Telangana movement and removal of Mulki rules without honouring Supreme Court judgment, he said the same was continuing even today as they were obstructing development by filing cases,” KCR pointed out.
Fair deal to contract staff
Mentioning about the fate of the contract employees in all the departments, the Chief Minister said that soon a Cabinet meeting would be convened to take a final decision on how to protect the interests of the contract employees in view of Supreme Court judgement for not regularizing contract employees as many unemployed youth were waiting for jobs. The Chief Minister said a circular would be soon given to all the departments to absorb all contract employees by paying them on a par with regular employees. The government would take a call on the services of home guards and was firm on ensuring a fair deal to them, he said.
He said the government would focus attention to what could be done on issue of dependent employment in the Singareni Collieries.
Touching on Bison Polo grounds issue, the Chief Minister questioned that when there was nearly 500 acres land available for sporting activities at Gachibowli, Kotla Vijay Bhaskar Reddy Stadium and Hakimpet Stadium, why was the Congress keen on Bison Polo grounds alone for play area, he asked. “This is nothing but to create hurdles for construction of a state-of-the-art Secretariat and Assembly”.
KCR explained that defence land was sought not only for construction of a Secretariat, but also for the construction of elevated expressways connecting Shamirpet and Medchal, which would facilitate faster access to five Telangana districts from Hyderabad without facing traffic hurdles.
The Chief Minister said that there may not be any increase in the number of Assembly seats. The TRS too was not so keen on the increase. Going by the spirit of the State Reorganisation Act, the seats in the Assembly should have been considered for an increase. What made the Centre incorporate the clause of increasing the Assembly seats was the plea that a State with sizeable number of seats in the Assembly would be less prone to political instability, he said. But after the recent interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added that this was a remote possibility.