Irrigation and Civil Supplies Minister Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy expressed satisfaction with the one-month tenure of the Congress Government in Telangana. He highlighted the government’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and efficient governance during this period.
“We came closer to the people during the month-long rule,” said Uttam Kumar Reddy, emphasizing the government’s efforts to establish a strong connection with the public. He reassured that ministers and officials were consistently available to address the concerns of the citizens.
Uttam Kumar Reddy outlined the government’s focus on accountability and transparency, particularly in the Irrigation and Civil Supplies departments. “Within a month, we have demonstrated how public governance should be,” he stated, highlighting the tangible steps taken to bring about positive change.
The minister claimed that the people of Telangana perceive a sense of new independence, expressing their happiness over the end of what they describe as dictatorial rule. He affirmed the government’s commitment to delivering the kind of governance that meets the expectations of the citizens.
During the last month, Uttam Kumar Reddy stated that several review meetings were held to assess the performance of the Irrigation and Civil Supplies departments. “We have reviewed the Kaleswaram project, the damage to the Medigadda barrage, etc., We gave a PowerPoint presentation with the top officials of the Kaleswaram project and all the construction firms of the the Medigadda barrage. We informed the people and the media about the facts. We have requested the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court to appoint a sitting judge to probe into the Kaleshwaram project irregularities,” he said.
“I, along with Chief Minister Revanth Reddy, went to Delhi to meet and appeal to the Union Water Resources Ministry to grant national status for the Palamuru Rangareddy project. All kinds of measures have been taken to provide irrigation water to the farmers in the state,” he added.
He also informed that the Civil Supplies Department has accumulated debts of over Rs 58,000 Crores due to the misgovernance of the previous BRS regime. Further, the rice being supplied to the poor by the previous BRS regime was of inferior quality and not edible. “Despite spending Rs 39 per kg, more than 70% of rice is not being directly consumed and diverted for other purposes for as low as Rs 5 per kg. We are taking measures to make it fully useful to people,” he said.
Uttam Kumar Reddy promised continued transparent and accountable governance in the Irrigation and Civil Supplies department, affirming the government’s dedication to working in the best interests of the people of Telangana. (eom)