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Andhra babus on a spending spree as Vizag struggles

Vishakapatnam,Oct18(TruthDive): Andhra government babus are on a spending spree as the ministry has taken off the ceiling on expenditure to those on cyclone relief work. Rs 25 lakhs has been sanctioned for officials towards meals at cyclone camp in the Secretariat. Vizag is still groping in the dark and is going without drinking water. On the other hand Rajahmundry is a gainer of the Hudhud as IT companies have shifted from Vizag to this town. Similarly airlines operating from Rajahmundry airport are charging three times the normal fare as Vizag airport is yet to start its normal functioning.

Andhra police has asked the government to release Rs 2 crore to its men involved in relief work. To top it, Andhra CM Naidu has ordered extra 25% Dearness Allowance to officials involved in relief work and in contrast only Rs 25 lakhs has been provided to buy essential commodities to be distributed to cyclone affected people.

Telecom service providers who were given diesel generators to operate telecom towers as power is yet to be restored are not using them, as they don’t want to buy fuel at high rates. Andhra CM at a meeting of telecom operators blasted them saying that communication failure had affected the relief work and that despite having given diesel generators, they let him down. Internet connectivity to IT park has not been restored and IT firms are hiring office space in nearby Rajahmundry as deadlines have to be met or they will pay heavy amounts as compensation.

Vizag corporation was caught napping as it failed to take seriously the circular from the government to keep all drinking water tanks full to meet the needs, after the cyclone hits the city. Greater Vishakhapatnam Municipal Corporation was told to ensure that generators were installed at relief centers and this went out to other districts in North Andhra, but no civic body had acted on it. Vizag airport has partially opened and schools are expected to open by Monday. The only silver lining is that Andhra has paid Rs 5000 crores towards the farm loan waiver through a farmers empowerment corporation as a first installment.