Observing that liquor and sand have turned out to be the major source of income for the State, former minister and senior TDP leader, Nakka Anandababu said on Monday that Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, is considering liquor and sand as both of his eyes.
“Cash is to be sent to Tadepalle palace either in the shape of liquor or sand,” Anandababu told media persons at the TDP headquarters here. Stating that Rs 50,000 scam in sand mining alone in the State, he felt that the State Government has had no policy on sand mining for one whole year through which the Chief Minister, his Cabinet colleagues and the ruling party MLAs besides some officials have encashed it.
This has resulted in total collapse of the construction industry following which 45 lakh construction workers lost employment. After one year of coming to power, a policy on sand mining has been formulated but it is handed over to a binami company called JC Ventures through which the ruling party leaders looted the State, Anandababu noted.
Unable to bear this havoc, JC Ventures brought in another company called Turn Key, which also opted out of the contract after one year. The State Government, those who are at the helm in the administration, Mining Director, Venkat Reddy, and the staff members of Jagan’s palace have almost robbed the State by appointing some agents, he said.
Former chief minister and TDP supremo, Nara Chandrabbau Naidu, has already thoroughly exposed how the ruling party leaders minted Rs 40,000 cr through sand mafia, Anandababu said and pointed out that the TDP has also taken up some agitational programmes against the illegal sand mining. The contract entered into with the JC Ventures ended on May 12 and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) too has passed orders in March that the sand mining be stopped immediately and cancelled the permissions, he added.
The State-level Environment Impact Assessment Authority also has cancelled the permissions granted for sand mining, the former minister said and pointed out that the State Government did not honour even the NGT orders. “While cases have been registered against the Leader of the Opposition for a policy decision taken nine years ago but there is no reply when we have thoroughly exposed a scam in which Rs 50,000 cr is looted,” Anandababu said and felt that cases have been foisted against Chandrababu only to divert the public attention from the major issues.
The TDP senior leader dared Mining Director, Venkat Reddy, to explain to the people the details of the sand policy. Venkat Reddy is operating from his residence to loot money through sand mining. Since the Mining Director is aware that once the TDP is back in power serious action will be initiated against him and thus false cases have been foisted against Chandrababu, he felt.
Advising the district collectors to be cautious as they have to be partners as the way bills are to be issued for transport of sand from their offices, Anandababu said that the way bills are being issued offline instead of online. How can they claim that the NGT orders are confined only for Chittoor district alone, he asked.
Leaving the real culprits cases being registered against Chandrababu, he said and pointed out that cases have also been booked against another TDP leader, Peethala Sujatha, earlier. People are ready to chase Jagan out of the State and the day is not too far, Anandababu maintained.