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Civil Society Organisation Formed to Fight Corruption in Telangana

Telangana Against Corruption will also set up citizens tribunals to examine specific issues, including the Miyapur land scam.

Prof M. Kodandaram, well-known Telangana activist and academic, initiated the formation of TAC to campaign against corruption in the state. Credit: PTI

Prof M. Kodandaram, well-known Telangana activist and academic, initiated the formation of TAC to campaign against corruption in the state. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Prominent social activists and intellectuals in Telangana on Monday announced their decision to form a new civil society organisation called Telangana Against Corruption (TAC).

Founding members of the TAC include well-known Telangana activist and academic M. Kodandaram; advocate and leader of the 1969 Telangana movement K. Chandrasekhar, journalist and social activist Zaheer Uddin Ali Khan, former IRS officer G. Vidyadhar Reddy, who is also an advocate and activist, and author and journalist Kingshuk Nag.

“This will be a non-political group with express objective of bringing to light the anti-people policies of the Telangana government and sensitising citizens about the realities of the state,” the TAC said in a press release.

“Telangana was created with great hopes – after years of struggle. But the hopes are all set to be dashed,” the statement read. It went on to criticise the one family rule in the state, at the helm of which is chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The statement also pointed out the numerous scams that are surfacing in Telangana, including the Miyapur land scam where hundreds of acres of government land seems to have been grabbed by influential parties, and the Telangana Drinking Water Supply Project, which has led to the destruction of existing water supply lines.

In its statement, the TAC went on to blame the chief minister for wasting public money to build a new palace for himself in the prime area of the city. “With the Andhra Pradesh secretariat moving away, there is a huge amount of space available to the Telangana government. But instead of utilising this precious real estate, KCR wants a new secretariat at Bison Polo Grounds. Besides destroying dwindling green space there is no justification for spending so much money in fancy projects. Instead the chief minister should occupy himself with formulating policies that lead to the creation of jobs both for the urban and rural unemployed.”

“Ever since this government was elected in Telangana, the democratic space has been shrinking. Political parties in the opposition are at a loss how to counter the anti-people policy of the government,” the statement alleged.

The TAC will also set up citizens tribunals to examine specific issues, including the Miyapur land scam.