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MLA's charge against Collector over relief operations

Staff Reporter

Revenue officers association takes strong exception to incident

GUNTUR: The Repalle MLA, Devineni Mallikarjuna Rao, spoke harshly and accused the District Collector, G. Jayalakshmi, of being responsible for failure in the flood relief work, addressing her in a disrespectful tone.

The District Revenue Officers' Association has taken strong exception to the incident and decided to finalise their course of action on September 30.

The District Collector had gone to Bhattiprolu along with the Superintendent of Police, V.C Sajjanar, on Thursday morning to make advance arrangements for the proposed visit of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, to the district on Friday.

She sent word to the Repalle MLA to come to Bhattiprolu and Vellaturu to participate in the selection of the village, where the Chief Minister would be taken.

Collector questioned

After the visit to a relief camp at Vellaturu along with the MLA the Collector came to Vellaturu main road, which had got damaged in the rain.

At that point, some followers of the MLA came to her and talked in a harsh tone regarding the supply of rice to those affected in the lanka (island) villages.

The MLA came a few minutes later and started questioning her on the reasons for sending one of the boats, meant for shifting people from island villages, to some other location.

She said she had placed 14 boats at Vellaturu for use in the nearby areas. Mr. Mallikarjuna Rao was, however, furious about the removal of the boat and non-payment of diesel bill to the boat owners.

The MLA then called the local reporters and told them that Ms. Jayalakshmi was singularly responsible for all the failures in the relief measures being taken. When she tried to tell him that she had released the cheque for the diesel bill amount, the MLA said that he was not speaking to her.

Ms. Jayalakshmi did not react to the tantrums of the MLA and left the place along with the SP to plan the arrangements for the CM's tour, which has since been put off to an unannounced later date after the polling day.

The issue took a serious turn with the DROs and officials from all departments at a meeting taking exception to the MLA's behaviour.

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