Uttam questions rationale behind new Secretariat

Hyderabad: Questioning how Telangana State ranked No1 if the vaastu of the Secretariat was not good, TPCC Chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy has said the Congress has doubts about the reason (fire safety) given by the government to demolish the Secretariat. After submitting a memorandum to Governor ESL Narasimhan, on Monday at Raj Bhavan, Uttam urged the Governor to act against the move to shift the Secretariat and demolish the building. He said the decision was “unwise and irrational” because hundreds of crores of rupees would be wasted. When the people were facing a lot of problems, the government, instead of aiding them, wants to build a new Secretariat complex, the Congress leader said. Congress leaders K Jana Reddy, Mohammed Ali Shabbir, T Jeevan Reddy, DK Aruna, Ch Vamshichand Reddy, Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy, Akula Lalitha, Sabitha Indra Reddy, Danam Nagender, Anjan Kumar Yadav, Ravinder Naik and others accompanied Uttam Kumar Reddy to Raj Bhavan. They requested the Governor to stop the State government from demolishing the Secretariat and save the public exchequer.

Speaking to the media, Uttam alleged that it was atrocious on the part of the TRS government to take a decision to demolish the Secretariat claiming its vaastu was not good. But the government told the High Court that the buildings were old and there was no fire safety. Most of the Secretariat buildings were constructed recently by spending crores of rupees. Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who has Z plus category, ruled the state from the same Secretariat and former chief ministers Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy, Rosaiah, Kiran Kumar Reddy ruled the state from the same place. He asked whether the same Secretariat won’t provide services to Telangana State.

The State government was saying that there were no funds when asked to release money for fees reimbursement, loan waiver and Arogya Sree schemes. “We have already addressed a letter to the Chief Minister in this regard. We also filed cases in the courts. We submitted a memorandum to the Governor to respond in this regard”, Uttam said.

Jeevan Reddy, who filed a PIL in the High Court, said the Chief Minister was trying to demolish the Secretariat harbouring fears about his successor.

-NSS

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