Hyderabad: The Election Commission of India on Monday stopped the Direct Benefit Transfer for the beneficiaries of Telangana Dalit Bandhu scheme in Huzurabad Assembly constituency where a by-election is scheduled for October 30.
The EC, in a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of Telangana State, said the Commission had deliberated the Dalit Bandhu scheme in poll-bound Huzurabad Assembly constituency, and directed that DBT covering the scheme shall be deferred in the constituency in all its form till completion of the by-election. It also sought a compliance report from the State CEO by 2 pm on October 19.
It may be recalled that the BJP candidate for Huzurabad bypoll Eatala Rajender had complained against the implementation of the Dalit empowerment scheme in the constituency. Rajender, however, denied later that he had written to the EC about the ambitious scheme of the State government aimed at uplift of the Dalits in the State.
BJP Telangana State general secretary G Premender Reddy too had written to the EC not only complaining about the Dalit Bandhu scheme but also sought transfer of Karimnagar District Collector RV Karnan, Karimnagar Police Commissioner V Satyanarayana and Huzurabad RDO Ravinder Reddy who is also the Returning Officer for the bypoll. Premender Reddy alleged that these officials were acting in a biased manner and favouring TRS candidate Gellu Srinivas Yadav.
The BJP leader alleged that the Returning Officer hails from Siddipet, the constituency represented by Finance Minister T Harish Rao who is spearheading the TRS campaign in Huzurabad. “I also came to know that the District Collector who is the competent officer for disbursement of funds allotted by the government towards Dalit Bandhu was intentionally not disbursing the money to eligible Dalit families,” he said, alleging that the money was being held back to be released just three or four days before the by-election to influence the voters.
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