Cong refutes TDP charge on irrigation projects

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Hyderabad, Sep 26 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Congresss Committee (APCC) today refuted Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu's charge of irregularities in implementing irrigation projects under the 'Jalayagnam' scheme.

Addressing a press conference at the party state headquarters 'Gandhi Bhavan' here, APCC spokesperson N Tulasi Reddy said the TDP leader was levelling ''baseless'' allegations against the government as ''he is against the State's development''.

He also said the government had taken up 41 irrigation projects under the scheme to provide water for irrigation to remote areas in the State and had held open discussions on the projects with all the parties. The TDP, which had participated in the discussions, failed to prove any of its allegations even on a single project.

Mr Reddy said the State Government proposed to provide irrigated water to one crore acres of land by developing 54 irrigation projects at an estimated cost of Rs one lakh crore by the year-end.

He alleged that the TDP had totally neglected agriculture sector during its nine-year-rule and failed to construct any major irrigation project.

The Congress leader also refuted the charge of Communist Party of India (Marxist) State Secretary B V Raghavulu that eligible poor were not being allotted houses under the 'Indiramma Housing Scheme,' adding that the State Government had been allotting houses to eligible poor only in a transparent manner.

He termed the allegation as ''politically motivated'' to mislead the people and create obstacles in the implementation of the scheme.

UNI

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