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Talking to presspersons, Mr. Rosaiah said he was prepared to take officials or even the Government representative to a village of their choice and prove that supply to the farm sector was inconsistent with the claims. Irregular power supply was ruining the farm sector and the Government should wake up to the reality, he said.
He reiterated the demand of party leaders that a judicial probe be ordered into the Food-for-work rice scam. The Chief Minister and the Revenue Minister had admitted that there was a misuse of about 15 per cent, he said.
Going by their admission itself, the misuse of money in the programme amounted to Rs. 360 crores in the least as the rice supplied was worth Rs. 3,600 crores. Previously people used to talk about a few crores of rupees (referring to corruption) and the biggest scam was the Bihar's fodder scam which was said to be around Rs. 490 crores.
The rice scam here would surpass all of them, he said demanding action against the accused. He ridiculed the Chief Minister for giving a clean chit to the Power Minister, K. Subbarayudu. Deputing an official, said to be a close friend of the Minister, to probe the issue was absurd, he said. The probe was mere eyewash.
If the judicial enquiry proved his innocence, then the Government could as well honour him publicly, he said. He also criticised the Centre for washing its hands off the petroleum sector. The price fluctuations were absurd and future looked gloomier with the Government's withdrawal looking imminent from the sector, he said.
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