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Study tours waste of public money: TDP

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The proposed overseas tour of some GHMC officials to Brisbane has come in for sharp criticism from Telugu Desam Party (TDP) which termed such tours as wastage of public money.

In a letter sent to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, the TDP floor leader in GHMC, S. Srinivas Reddy pointed out that the money could as well be utilised for improving civic amenities in Hyderabad. Mr. Reddy took example of the tour of Mayor B. Karthika Reddy to the United States early this year and said that none knew what she had learnt in her tour. She had only addressed a press conference on her return.

Permissions of such tours at the expense of public money are allowed on the pretext of attending conferences or to study developmental activities for implementation in the city.

But such a transfer of knowledge was not taking place, Mr. Reddy argued.

Currently, the government had permitted three dignitaries from GHMC to attend the Biennial Asia Pacific Cities Summit at Brisbane for six days. It is an investors' seminar and the tour expenditure is estimated to be about Rs. 20 lakh.

“These trips do not yield any benefits, instead the Mayor and authorities should be made to spend a day in colonies or slums to understand the peoples problems and solve them”, he said.

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