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TJAC has no money to pay rent, salary

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HYDERABAD: The Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (TJAC), which spearheaded the Telangana movement, has fallen on bad days. The TJAC is not in a position to even pay the rent of its office at Nampally in the city. Faced with a severe financial crunch, the TJAC has not paid salary to its lone employee for the last four months.

“There are financial problems. Our needs are simple and limited and yet we are not in a position to meet the expenditure,” said TJAC chairman M Kodandaram. “But, I think we should not expect anything from the government,” he added with a sense of resignation.

However, there are many leaders in TJAC who feel otherwise and urge the government to support the organisation. “It is the harsh reality that TJAC has been rendered shelterless in the new regime. The fact is that we could not pay the rent for the month of October,” said Pittala Ravinder, co-convener of TJAC.

The TJAC was housed in a flat in the New MLA Quarters in Adarsh Nagar before the state’s bifurcation. As the flat went to an MLA from Andhra Pradesh after 2014 elections, the TJAC had to vacate it. Repeated pleas to the Telangana government did not help the TJAC to get an office premises, and finally it moved to a two-room rented flat in a commercial complex in September. The organisation has to pay a monthly rent of Rs. 30,000. P Madhusudan Reddy, president of Inter JAC, paid the rent for the first month, but, thereafter no donor came forward.

“During the Telangana movement, there were hectic activities and donations would flow in. Now, it is a crunch-like situation,” said Kodandaram.

In a greater distress, however, is office assistant Bandi Yadgiri, who is the only paid employee of the TJAC. Yadgiri has been working as the office assistant in the TJAC since its inception in 2009. While he got his salary regularly during the statehood movement, the payment became irregular since June 2014, when Telangana state was formed. And he did not get salary since June 2015.

“We could not pay salary to Yadgiri in the past four months. The government should employ people like Yadgiri,” said Ravinder.

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Anurag Sharma takes charge

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HYDERABAD: Anurag Sharma on Saturday took charge as the Telangana director-general of police at the Telangana police headquarters.

At 6.30 pm on Saturday, Sharma took charge by officially signing the documents. On Friday, he flew to New Delhi to attend an official meeting after formally meeting chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

Since June 2, 2014, Sharma was officiating as incharge DGP and it was recently the state government completed the formalities of sending the eligible names to UPSC.

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Government says no to MoD land at Secunderabad

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HYDERABAD: With no word from the ministry of defence (MoD) on the Telangana government’s proposal to acquire Gymkhana and Bison Polo Grounds, the state government may drop the idea of constructing a new Secretariat at Secunderabad and, instead, may be obliged to build a multi-storied building at the present premises itself.

The Telangana government has rejected an alternative parcel of land identified by the local Defence Estates Office, AP Circle, near Military Dairy Farm at Bowenpally in the Secunderabad Cantonment. The state government has been keen on Gymkhana and Bison Polo Grounds for its new Secretariat.

The issue of the alternative land came to light after the Director-General Defence Estates (DGDE), Delhi, working under the MoD, has asked the DEO, A P Circle to check for suitable land. “We had verified our land records and finally identified an extent of 60-acre defence land at Military Dairy Farm. As we have 150-acre land at the location, we are ready to allot 60 acres, which is equal to Gymkhana (23.467 acre) and Bison Polo (37.565-acre) grounds,” sources in DEO, AP Circle told STOI.

“We have been protecting the 150-acre land (A-1 defence land) for the past five decades. After identifying the land at Military Dairy Farm, it was informed to Telangana chief secretary Rajiv Sharma. He might have discussed the issue with chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao and taken a decision that the government was not willing to take Military Dairy Farm land for its new Secretariat,” he said.

According to him, the alternative defence land was rejected as it is away from the core city and it might inconvenience general public in case the new Secretariat is constructed there.

Another reason for showing the alternative land could be the MoD’s intention to keep both Gymkhana/Bison Polo Grounds as playgrounds. “The MoD thinks that these two locations will be used as playgrounds and cannot be used for other public purpose. As a result, the Telangana government’s request to allot Gymkhana/Bison Polo Grounds for new Secretariat at Secunderabad may have been kept pending,” the defence official said.

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