The opposition Telugu Desam Party took the diversion of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) funds issue to the notice of the Union Minister Narendra Singh Thomar. The TDP MPs, Galla Jayadev and Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar, along with the party leaders met the Union Minister and submitted a representation, seeking probe into the misuse and diversion of the NREGS funds by Andhra Pradesh government.
It was a few days ago, former chief minister and TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu wrote a letter to the Union Minister, making the same allegations. The TDP supremo then said that the State government had diverted Rs 1845 crore from the scheme to various other works. He said that the State government which was to release Rs 2,460 crore towards its share, had failed to do so and diverted the Central money to other works.
The TDP chief claimed that during his regime the State government had laid over 26,000 km long cement roads and constructed 6,000 anganwadi and 2,200 gram panchayat buildings using the NREGS funds. The TDP had tried to provide basic infrastructure in the villages using the NREGS funds, he said and alleged that the present government had no such plans.
The TDP MPs, have repeated the same charges against the State government in their representation to the Union Minister. They also alleged that the YSR Congress government in the State was giving the party colours to the government buildings constructed with the State and the Central funds.
While it is not known what the Union Minister had said, the TDP MPs told the media persons that the Minister had directed his officers to investigate into the allegations. The TDP MPs further said that they have requested the Union Minster to send senior officials to visit the State and inspect the works besides looking into the allegations of fund diversion.