Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government has once again postponed the launch of chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s dream welfare scheme Pedalandariki Illu (houses for the poor) scheduled for July 8.
The launch had been twice aborted previously and was finally fixed for July 8 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, former chief minister and Jagan Mohan Reddy's father. However, it had to be put off again. Sources said the government has not got any relief from the Supreme Court so far on a special leave petition seeking suspension of an interim stay granted by the AP High Court against a Government Order pertaining to the scheme.
The state government issued GO Ms 44 in which it directed the revenue authorities to register conveyance deeds in favour of beneficiaries, thereby ending the previous practice of granting D Pattas. The deed will facilitate sale of property by the beneficiary after five years. The High Court, however, stayed the GO along with another order relating to allotting house sites to the poor in the Amaravati capital region.
Neerab Kumar Prasad, chief commissioner land administration (CCLA), on Monday morning informed district collectors that the SLP “may come up in the Supreme Court this week.” Stating that the distribution programme was postponed, the CCLA said it would be held soon based on the apex court’s orders.
Botsa Satyanarayana, minister for municipal administration, however, announced that the chief minister was determined to provide house sites to the poor and would launch the scheme on August 15 by which time the government was hopeful of clearing the legal hurdles. The government has identified 30 lakh beneficiaries and kept sites ready in about 22,068 acres, he said.
The minister accused the TDP of creating legal hurdles to the welfare scheme just like demons in the Puranas trying to disrupt the homam performed by the rishis.