Three lakh files gathering dust in secretariat, many found place in dust bin: Shankar Rao

Demanding that the State government initiate action against those responsible for pending files in the Secretariat, former minister and senior Congress leader Dr P Shanker Rao has alleged that some three lakh files, including thousands of files of the Chief Minister, were reportedly pending in the Secretariat.

Speaking to the media at CLP office here on Monday, Dr Rao alleged that Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s proposal sent to the State on November 14 i.e. Nehru Jayanthi was thrown in a dust bin scornfully. He said that Azad had forwarded his proposal to the State government to bear 85 percent expenditure on the new Nursing Colleges and Pharmacy Colleges. He also alleged that the Telangana Commercial Tax officers’ proposal to increase revenue was also consigned to the dustbin.

Stating that it was bad on the part of the officials concerned, the former minister felt that this would show its impact on the ensuing bye-elections. Questioning who will own responsibility for landing important files in dust bin, he expressed doubt that there might be a conspiracy behind this criminal negligence and demanded that the Chief Minister view the matter seriously. While there is administration in the State for running the government, the remotes are in Bengaluru and Chennai and not in New Delhi, he said, adding that the three lakh filed could be cleared if there was will. “We must have confidence in the ministers as well as the officials,” he added.

Stating that there was time till June 12 to know whether the high command would replace the Chief Minister, he said that AICC president Sonia Gandhi might have told to the newly elected Rajya Sabha member Renuka Chowdhary that there would be no change in the Chief Minister.

It may be mentioned here that a few days ago Dr Rao had demanded the high command to replace Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy before the bye-election notification was issued. Now, he says that the Chief Minister would be replaced after June 12. Claiming that he was not invited to join the electioning, he said that he would not do so.