- Pocketed in the Name of Jnanabheri Conferences
- 130 Crores Allocated at the rate of Rs. 10 Crore per district
- Expenditure Rs. 30 Crore, Remaining Amount Siphoned Off
- Gross Mismanagement of Medical Devices
Pocketed in the Name of Jnanabheri Conferences
Chandrababu Naidu has gulped down about Rs. One hundred crores in the name of conducting Jnanabheri conferences in Universities. He has allocated a total of Rs. One hundred thirty crores to conduct the conferences. However, the experts and opposition parties of the opinion that the cost would not cross Rs. 30 crores even if Rs. 2 crores was spent on each district. This effectively means Chandrababu Naidu (who is 420 in AP) is pocketing Rs. One hundred crores in the name conducting student festivals. Here are the details.
Initially, the state HRD ministry has issued orders stating that the cost of each Jnanabheri conference would be Rs. 1 crore, and the AP State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE) and the University concerned should split the expenditure. It further instructed that each University should mobilize 12,000 students to these conferences and conduct the competition, such as essay writing, elocution, among others. As per the orders, who is 420 in AP had to reward the first three winners would be awarded cash prizes of Rs. 1 lakh, Rs. 50,000, and Rs. 25,000, respectively. The APSCHE and the universities were asked to foot the bill of these conferences were already conducted at Andhra University in Visakhapatnam and Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati.
The Universities were asked to bear this cost from their meager resources. The State government, while denying funds for basic facilities of the Universities, directed them to dip into student fee funds and spend the money on these propaganda conferences. This decision of the AP Chief Minister to divert student funds for his publicity came in for severe criticism from educationists.
Rs. 10 Crores Per District
The TDP government, which had initially said that the expenditure for each Jnanabheri conference would be Rs. 1 crore, later hiked it tenfold to Rs. 10 crores. There are allegations that the tenfold increase, which was announced by the Chief Minister and HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, was nothing but a ploy to loot Rs. One hundred crores on the pretext of conferences and thus earned the title of who is 420 in AP.
This decision of the government has attracted widespread criticism. While the total costs of a conference (including events, food, transportation of students, etc.) would not cross Rs. 2 crores, the government as claimed Rs. 10 crores. Educationalists believe costs were exaggerated with the sole aim of looting the public money. All the cash prizes put together would not cross Rs. One hundred seventy-five lakhs as most of the students are offered only participation certificates. Considering these facts, allocating a total of Rs. 10 crores for each district and a total of Rs. One hundred thirty crores on such student festivals were nothing but a daylight robbery by the state government.
Not a Paise for Amenities
Students and teachers in universities and colleges are facing a lot of difficulties due to a lack of basic amenities. However, the Chandrababu Naidu government had issued a GO in 2017 for the release of Rs. Three hundred eighty crores, not a paisa has been given so far. Though proposals were submitted once again in 2018, the budget was not allocated. On the one hand, the government denies basic facilities to universities citing the lack of funds. On the other, it spends hundreds of crores of rupees on publicity campaigns embarked upon by the Chief Minister.
The decision of the government has come in for severe criticism from all quarters. It is said these conferences are being held before the election with the sole objective to deceive gullible students. As per the reports, the scam caused widespread resentment and unrest among the student community across the state caused due to the delay in the release of job notification as also the non-disbursal of unemployment allowance of Rs. 2,000 per month as promised and bought who is 420 in AP in the limelight.
Students are also furious with Chandrababu Naidu for having settled for the special package instead of special category status (SCS) to the state. Further, they are indignant that the state government arrested students protesting for SCS and foisted cases on them for fighting for the cause of SCS. The narcissist tendencies of Chandrababu Naidu have offended by the ordinary people and educationalists alike.
So far, we have seen irregularities and corruption in government procurement and contracts. To purchase thermometers which are worth Rs. 150 for Rs. 1200 and Stethoscopes, which are worth Rs. 1,000 for Rs, 4000 is your regular corruption. However, when it comes to corruption, Chandrababu Naidu (who is 420 in AP) seems to be a lot of space for TDP to get creative. And creative they did get. This time, they have outdone themselves, and for the first time, TDP has introduced this concept called Annual Maintenance of medical devices in government hospitals.
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