Nalgonda: Zilla Parishad general body meeting, which was convened on Thursday, was wound up abruptly when discussions apparently went against the model code of conduct (MCC).
Though Zilla Parishad Chairman N Balu Naik repeatedly appealed to the ZPTCs and MPPs to keep in mind that either comments or discussion should not be pro or against the government schemes and not to mention the names of schemes, the members continued to mention the name of the government schemes. They also made comments criticising the implementation of these scheme. With this, Zilla Parishad Chairman was left with no option but to conclude the general body meeting saying in-depth discussion on the subjects listed in the agenda were not taken up keeping in mind the model code of conduct.
When Zilla Parishad general body meeting took up discussion on rural water supply, which was mentioned in the agenda, ZPTCs and MPPs raised their concern over the irregular supply of the drinking water to the villages under Krishna Drinking Water Scheme and the officials attributing it to the works of Mission Bhagiratha.
Kattangur ZPTC Mada Yadagiri (TRS) told that 19 villages in Kattangur mandal were not getting drinking water supply for the last 15 days. He brought the matter to notice of the RWS officials saying that the repairing to fix the leakages of the water supply pipelines was not taken up immediately. Due to negligence of the officials, people in 19 villages in the mandal are forced to buy the RO water cans, he regretted.
Thipparthy ZPTC Thandu Saidulu (TRS) Goud also complained that 10 villages in his mandal were also facing the same problem for the last 10 days.
Responding to the complaints about non-supply of drinking water to villages in Kattangur mandal, RWS Executive Engineer Papa Rao informed that one kilometre long water supply pipeline was damaged due to works undertaken for flyover construction and added that repairing of the pipeline was almost completed. He also assured that water would be supplied to these villages within three days.
Intervening into the matter, Bhongir MP Boora Narsaiah Goud said that emergency services like drinking water supply, health services and electricity supply should not be linked with model code of conduct in any circumstances. He pointed out that there was two month time for the model code of conduct to end. Model code of conduct will not not applicable to the routine activities, the officials can distribute cheques under Kalyana Lakshmi for the beneficiaries, but political leaders should not attend the programmes.
Rajya Sabha member Badugula Lingaiah Yadav said that the people were in confusion over the drinking water supply under old and new scheme. He asked the officials to ensure that no drinking water issue arises in any area.