Chief Ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh participated in the Telangana’s intensive household survey, conducted to ascertain comprehensive information on the citizens, an exercise which has attracted criticism from certain quarters
While Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao participated as a Chief Minister, his Andhra counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu was a mere citizen residing in another state because Hyderabad is the joint capital for 10 years. While Naidu rushed to the AP Assembly at 7 am which is in session, his wife Bhuvneshwari and other family members provided all the details to enumerators.
Rao and his family members registered their details for the survey at the CM’s residence-cum-office at Begumpet. The enumerators under the leadership of GHMC commissioner Somesh Kumar went to the camp office of KCR in the afternoon and got all the details of him and his family members. The GHMC commissioner himself registered the details.
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Film stars Pawan Kalyan and Vijayasanthi refused to give their details to enumerators.
The Intensive Household Survey covers 84 lakh families in the 10 districts of Telangana including Hyderabad city. About 4 lakh government and some private employees and over 20,000 college students are conducting the survey.
The chief minister, who ordered the survey maintains that it is only meant to identify and weed out bogus and ineligible beneficiaries of government schemes and grants. KCR dismissed allegations and charges of ethnic profiling and that the real intention of the survey is to identify people of Andhra origin living in Hyderabad and exclude them from benefits provided by Telangana Government.
“Today, all apprehensions have been demolished. Even Andhra people participated in the survey whole-heartedly and while filling the forms they realized that all this controversy was created unnecessarily as there is no nativity clause or any objectionable question in it,’’ the CM said, talking to mediapersons.
Hyderabad, Cyberabad and IT hotspots of Ranga Reddy district wore deserted look today as life came to a standstill. Telangana Government announced a holiday and all state transport and private buses and autorickshaws were off roads. Schools, colleges, business establishments, banks, and even petrol outlets remained shut. But as Hyderabad is the joint capital, the Andhra Pradesh secretariat functioned normally with employees attending duties.
The AP Legislative Assembly whose budget session started Monday also functioned normally.In Telangana, it was a time for a full family reunion after many years as Telangana people living as far as Surat and Kolkata made the trip back home to participate in the survey fearing that they might miss out on benefits. In the neighbouring Medak district, more than 20,000 people from the weavers’ community arrived from Bhiwandi and Solapur of Maharashtra and Surat in Gujarat where they work in the power looms. Officials estimate that more than 1.5 lakh people working in other states made the journey back to their villages to participate in the survey. Saiyed Mukharram Niyaz, working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, hailing from Hyderabad sent a whatsapp message that he was feeling happy as he messaged all his details to his brother who happened to have photocopies which the enumerator accepted and a form was filled in his name too.
Rao said that the survey data would be computerized within a month after random checks are conducted again to verify if residents have given authentic information. Once the data is computerized all the existing ration cards would be cancelled and new ration cards of Telangana State would be issued on the basis of this survey data.