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State Asks Who is 420 in AP: The Janmabhoomi Committee and Bribes

Highlights:

  • Bribe for construction of lavatory: Rs.1000
  • To add the name to the rural housing list: Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000
  • To add a name to the urban housing list: Rs.30,000 to Rs.40,000
  • To issue pensions and ration cards: Rs.3,000 to Rs.5,000

TDP Government Drunken With Power

The TDP government and its party leaders were drunken with power in their regime. The party used everything in its ability to loot even the last penny of the state and left the state crippled with debt and corrupt practices. This raises questions in the mind of the public, “who is 420 in AP?”

The party imposed its rule on villages in an authoritarian manner and curbed the financial freedom of every village in the state. The government assigned a group called the Janmabhoomi Committee, which was the agents of the TDP government, who looted the public in every way possible. The irony, these committees were established for the welfare of the village.

The Janmabhoomi Committee was unconstitutional, meaning, neither were they legal, nor were they sanctioned on the power of the constitution. Yet, the committee wielded the absolute power in village administration because of the mandate that was given to them by the Chandrababu Naidu government.

This absolute mockery of democracy has installed the rule of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the villages, with all schemes and benefits being directed to the then ruling party members. This, thus, led the people to raise voice about the ethics of Chandrababu Naidu and question who is 420 in AP?

The Demolition of Panchayat Raj and the Establishment of Janmabhoomi Committees

According to the constitution, the Sarpanch in the village, Chairman in the Municipality, the Mayor in the Municipal corporation are in consultation with the members of their respective local bodies supposed to decide the functional priorities. It is unfortunate that, despite Andhra Pradesh having a strong panchayat raj structure, Janmabhoomi Committees have become the final authority to decide all the matters of importance at the local level.

As to the matters concerning housing, pensions, ration cards, and loans from SC,ST, BC Corporations, the recommendations of Janmabhoomi Committees have become the final authority. People were forced to bow down to these committees. As a direct consequence of this, the people who can bribe these committee members are the only people to avail of schemes.

Despite the High Court’s observation that such committees exercising influence were inappropriate, there has been no change at the ground level.

The Key Leaders in the Janmabhoomi Committees

The Janmabhoomi committee comprises of Sarpanch, one Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) member, two DWACRA Committee members, two from welfare committees and Panchayat Raj Secretary (Convener), a total of seven people from the committee.

For all practical purposes, almost all the members would be from the ruling party, and they have decided all the beneficiaries of the government schemes. This highlights the shady face of Chandrababu Naidu – the real who is 420 in AP.

The majority decision of the committee is necessary for the finalization of beneficiaries. In places where the people’s representatives belong to opposition parties, the Janmabahoomi Committee members were able to exercise supremacy, in places where the people’s representative belong to the TDP, there is a unilateral exercise of power.

In such cases, the TDP cadre misused power and shamelessly amassed huge wealth, which is evident from the way their standard of living improved over the last four years.

The Rates Are Fixed

The Janmabhoomi Committees decided bribes for every work they delivered. The committee members fleeced the public, to illustrate, in villages, for sanction of a house, the bribe demanded is Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000, when it comes to towns and cities, anywhere between Rs.30,000 and Rs.40,000 was demanded.

In some instances, close to 10% of the amount sanctioned to beneficiaries was demanded by the committee members. Similarly, for sanction of loans, Rs.20,000 and pensions and issue of ration cards Rs.3,000 to Rs.5,000 was demanded. All the proceedings went through the Chief Minister’s knowledge. This highlights the true face of Chandrababu Naidu – the real who is 420 in AP.

As to the matters related to the approval of the Janmabhoomi Committees is wrongfully made mandatory and using this power, the Committee members are demanding money from contractors.

Concluding Remarks

When it comes to corrupt practices and deliberate attempts to toss the rules and establish authority, the Chandrababu Naidu government excelled in all sorts of frauds. The government ruined the fate of the state and looted the masses for his good. On the other hand, the real who is 420 in AP promoted corruption and destroyed the fundamental institution of India Inc.

However, the debacle of the king of corruption signifies the power of democracy and hence should be used extensively by voting to avoid such corrupt ministers in the future.

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