Rs 10,000 flood relief announced by Telangana state government welcomed divide response especially from the oppositions with the GHMC polls right around the corner.
While thousands of people across the city were seen thronging at the Wee Seva centres snubbing the Covid-19 safety norms to apply for the relief amount, SEC on Wednesday dropped a bombshell.
Asking the state government to pause the distribution of flood relief funds as it is likely to affect the model code of conduct, the state election commission instructed the government to resume the distribution after the declaration of results on December 4.
In a letter to the government, TSEC Secretary Ashok Kumar asked the government to stop taking the application from the flood victims in the GHMC limits.
Interestingly, this letter came in contrary to State Election Commissioner C. Parthasarathi’s statement that the government might be permitted to the distribution of flood relief funds as it was an ongoing program.
To recollect, heavy rains and floods on October 14-15 had battered the city and outskirts, killing about 50 people and inundating hundreds of colonies.
In response to the increasing criticism from all ends, Chief Minister KCR had announced a relief amount of Rs 10,000 for each effected family from the allocated Rs 550 crore.
However, many people in the affected areas complained that they have not received the aid. Complaints about GHMC officials giving flood relief money as per the local corporator’s whims piled up with each passing day. There are instances where the locals held dharnas protesting over the discrepancies in the relief distribution.