Wednesday, May 30, 2018

RTI query on KCR's federal front trips rejected

India Today: Hyderabad: Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
elangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and chief of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) thou preaching 'change' in politics and that's why is putting effort to form a non-BJP, non-Congress front for 2019.
However, they prefer not to answer the question raised by 'common man'.
K Chandrasekhar Rao's (KCR) office has rejected an RTI seeking details on the money spent by the Telangana government on chief minister's visit to different states. The purpose of meeting with various leaders was an effort to form a non-BJP, non-Congress front for 2019 General Elections.
KCR has alleged that in the last 70 years, both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have ruled the nation and have failed to bring in a desirable change to the country.
The chief minister held a two day long trip to Kolkata where he met Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He has also visited Bengaluru twice to meet the former prime minister and JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda.
Besides this, he flew to Chennai to meet DMK chief M Karunanidhi, his son and working president of the party MK Stalin.
He also held meetings with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Hemant Soren of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and several other leaders in past two month time.
The RTI was filed by Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) leader Amjad Ullah Khan and he remained shocked as well as surprised when he got a reply from Public Information Officer (PIO) of Chief Minister rejecting the application.
The CMO rejected the RTI which requested information on whether the Telangana government was paying the bill for KCR's trip or it was paid by individuals.
The applicant also requested tour-wise expenditure details of KCR, however, the apolo was rejected by the CMO claiming that it does not fit under Section 2(f) of the RTI Act.
Reacting on the issue, MBT leader Amjad Ullah Khan reiterated that he will again approach the government seeking information. On the other than, Congress leader M Krishank took a dig at the chief minister.
''It's not KCR's money but public money which he is using to fulfill his own dream. Earlier also he used public money for his luxurious and lavish living, convoy. CM also spent money collected from taxpayers of Telangana to donate jewellery to several temples as thanksgiving as his personal wish was fulfilled. We strongly condemn the rejection of RTI and demand giver should divulge information immediately,'' said Congress leader M Krishank.
The Opposition leader also pointed out that how Telangana Rastra Samiti chief and his bandwagon of ministers took chartered flights, stayed in five stars while traveling out of state for federal Front meetings, the government also hosted several leaders in Hyderabad grandly who came to meet TRS Chief.