- Pocketed in the name of Jnanabheri Conferences
- Rs.130 Crore allocated at the Rate of Rs.10 Crore per District
- Expenditure of Rs.30 Crore, Remaining amount Siphoned Off
Rs.100 Crore Gulped in Thin Air
Chandrababu Naidu has gulped down about Rs.100 Crore in the name of conducting Jnanabheri Conferences across the state. The conferences were aimed for the development of students, and a total sum of Rs.130 Crore was allotted by the who is 420 in AP.
However, the experts and the opposition parties are of the opinion that the cost would not cross Rs.30 crore even if Rs.2 Crore was spent on each district. This effectively means Chandrababu Naidu pocketed nearly Rs.100 Crore in the name conducting student festivals.
The Story as it happened
Here are the details. Initially, the state HRD Ministry had issued 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 writing, oratory, among others.
The first three winners would be given 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 as per the instructions of the real who is 420 in AP. By then, Jnanabheri conferences were already conducted at Andhra University in Vishakapatnam and Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati.
Sharing of Resources
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 educationalists.
Rs.10 Crore per District
The TDP government, which had initially said that the expenditure for each conference would be Rs.1 Crore, later hiked it tenfold to Rs.10 Crore. There are allegations that the tenfold increase, which was announced by the Chief Minister and the HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, was nothing but a ploy to loot Rs.100 Crore.
The decision of the government attracted widespread criticism. While the total costs of a conference (including all the amenities) would not cross Rs.2 Crore, the government has claimed Rs.10 Crore. Educationalists believe costs were exaggerated with the sole aim of looting the public money from the orders of who is 420 in AP, the then Chief Minister – Mr. Chandrababu Naidu.
On the other hand, all the cash prizes put together would not cross Rs.17.5 lakh as most of the students were offered only participation certificates. Considering these facts, allocating a total of Rs. 10 crores for each district and a total of Rs.130 Crore on such student festivals was nothing but a daylight robbery by the real who is 420 in AP.
Not a Paisa for Amenities
Students and teachers in universities and colleges are facing a lot of difficulties due to a lack of basic amenities. Though the Chandrababu Naidu government had issued a GO in 2017 for the release of Rs.380 Crore, not a paisa has been so far. Though proposals were submitted once again in 2018, the budget was not allocated.
On the other hand, the government denies basic facilities to the universities citing the lack of funds. On the other hand, it spends hundreds of crores of rupees on publicity campaigns embarked upon the Chief Minister – The real who is 420 in AP.
This decision of the government has come in for severe criticism from all quarters. It is said that these conferences were being held before the elections with the sole objective of brain-washing the easily gullible students by the shady who is 420 in AP (Chandrababu Naidu).
There was widespread resentment and unrest among the student community across the state over the delay in the release of job notification as also the non-disbursal of unemployment allowance of Rs.2,000 per month as promised.
Fight for special category status
Students were also furious with Chandrababu Naidu for having settled for the special package instead of special category status (SCS) to the state. Further, they are angry 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 the corrupt Chandrababu Naidu have offended by the ordinary people and the educationalists alike.
There are hundreds of instances in which the Chandrababu had revealed his inner face. Through a series of scandals, he looted millions in his state while earning the title “who is 420 in AP.”
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