RECOVER MONEY FROM CHIEF MINISTER OF TELANGANA, WHO USED PUBLIC MONEY ON PRIVATE VOWS
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WILL GOD 'BLESS TELANGANA' WHEN LAKES ARE LANDFILLED BY GOVERNMENT OF TELANGANA;
ANNUL GO MS 22& 23 DT 24 FEB 2015 – GO 116 dt. 7.7.2015, GO 126 dt 18.6.2016 RECOVER FUNDS FROM SHRI K CHANDRASEKHAR RAO & OTHERS INVOLVED
GOVT OF TELANGANA OFFERS RS.5 CRORE FROM ENDOWMENT COMMON GOOD FUNDS – OFFERS CHADAR & CASH TO AJMER DARGAH, DAWAT-E-IFTAR, AROUND RS.30 CRORES FROM WAQF FUNDS(ASSETS LEFT BY DECEASED FOR POOR) –
The Chief Justice
High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad
for the State of Telangana & the state of Andhra Pradesh,
Dear Chief Justice,
Sub: 1) GO Ms 22 & 23 dt 24 feb 2015 - sanctioning 5 crs from Endowments for jewellery to temples to fulfil vow of Chief Minister of Telangana, Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao. 2) GO 116 dt. 7.7.2015, GO 126 dt 18.6.2016 sanctioning 14 crores each for 'Dawat – e- Iftar' from Waqf funds(assets left by deceased for poor) on behalf of Chief Minister;
Ref: 1- Our collective representation dt. 25 february 2015 addressed to Chief Minister of Telangana.
2- All Electronic media of 22 feb 2017;
1- A) It has been reported in media that the Chief Minister of Telangana has made offerings worth around Rs.10 crores to various temples of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, viz.,
- "Gold to Lord Balaji;
- nose stud to Goddess Padmavati;
- gold moustache to Veerabhadra swamy temple;
- gold crown to Goddess bhadrakali Warangal;
- crown and necklace - Venkateswara in Tirumala
- nose stud - Goddess Kanakadurga, Vijayawada;"
B) Chief Minister had also sent Chadar & Cash, to Ajmer Dargah using the funds & services of Waqf Board and Minority department officials; Around 30 crores spent on 'Dawat-e-Iftar' from Minority welfare funds and Waqf funds;
2- We place before you our representation made to the Chief Minister on 25 february 2015 when the illegal GO Ms 22&23 dt 24 feb 2015 was issued, asking him to anul the same. (attached)
3- The present political parties who are raising voices now after the offerings are made did not endorse our petition then nor did they raise their own voices, in spite of multiple assembly sessions after the illegal GO Ms 22&23 was issued.
4- Our Prayer:
- Declare the GO Ms 23 & GO Ms 22 of 24 feb 2015 illegal; Declare GO 116 dt. 7.7.2015, GO 126 dt 18.6.2016 sanctioning 14 crores each for 'Dawat – e- Iftar' as illegal;
- Declare the acts of using Waqf and Endowments and any other government funds & machinary for the offerings as illegal and unconstitutional and breach of trust imposed by public in the Government of telangana;
- Government to submit white paper detailing expenditure incurred from when GO issued and all offerings done with government funds;
- Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao is free to make any offerings to any religious shrine, from his private funds, but not from our governmental public funds; In order to undo this constitutional illegality and set justice, we pray to you to order recovery of all the funds spent on such offerings mentioned above, including logistic expenses from Shri K Chandrasekhar Rao.
- All expenses incurred by government towards family, constitutional representatives viz. MLAs Ministers be recovered from them individually.
This has set a dangerous trend totally alien to our constitution and democratic spirit.
We have always assured Chief Minsiter of our cooperation for a participative transparent governance, but our constructive criticism and alternative methodologies to build a people's Telangana was always overlooked in the quagmire of political Telangana;
While lakes are being dumped and landfilled by the GHMC, left right and center, it is beyond comprehension how God would bless the Chief Minister or Telangana.
Dr Lubna Sarwath, Admiral Ramdas, Lalita Ramdas, Prof Purushottam Reddy, Prof G Sridhar Reddy, Capt J Rama Rao, Sqdrn Ldr Nirmala Chakravarti, Dr Jasveen Jairath, LokVidya Jan Andolan, Omim Maneckshaw Debara, Dr Manatosh Mandal, Adv Mamidi Venumadhav, Madanu Mariah, Commodore Sudheer Parakala, Prof Kirtana Thangavelu, Adv Imran Qureshi, Captain Bhaktiyar Kaoosji, Chaya Ratan(IAS Retd), Anita Rao, Dr Baburao Kalapala, Praja Science Vedika, Thomas Peter, Saraswati Kavula, SQMasood, Dr V Rukmini Rao, Kottaki Sundeep, Mohammad Ameenuddin, Kumar Shastri, Sanghamitra Mallik, Prof.K Mutyam Reddy, Sagar Dhara, Kiran Shaheen, Prema Ananda Spiritual Society, Varghese Theckanath s g, Rama melkote, R.Meera, Uma Shankari, Kirankumar Vissa, Varsha Bhargavi, Meera Sanghamitra, Hema Vaishnavi, Jaya Ale
Date: 25 February 2015
The Chief Minister
Government of Telangana
Dear Shri KChandrasekhar Rao,
Sub: Gifts to religious institutions from Common Good Funds and other unknown heads
Ref: 1- GO Ms 23 dated 24 feb 2015;
2- Main Objectives of Endowment Department
With reference to the GO and media report cited above we the people of India having adopted a secular constitution, ‘We The People’ demands immediate annulment of GO Ms. 23 dated 24 February 2015. Our objections are as follows:
1- Common Good Funds as laid down in ‘Objectives of Endowment Department’ at point 5 is not available for fulfillment of personal vows undertaken by a citizen. The GO is violating the objectives of the Endowments Department.
2- Scope of expenditure by Union or State : “ In view of the provisions of Constitution of India, the exercise of religion is a ‘private purpose under our Constitution and the State cannot make expenditure of public revenues for the establishment of any religion or for the promotion thereof. When, however, the State takes over the management or superintendence of the properties of a religious institution or endowment in the interests of ‘public order, morality or health’ or to control its secular activities, the expenditure of money for the purposes of such administration is not an expenditure for the purposes of any religion but for the regulation of by the State of its secular activities, which is a “public purpose” within the meaning of Art 282.”
3- The GO is setting a dangerous trend of state diversion of public funds towards non-public causes and non-social welfare activities.
2- During contesting elections as a candidate you did not put forth this personal wish in your election manifesto nor did you make it public during your agitation.
3- Public and Public’s money is not responsible and cannot be bonded to a personal wish. There is no way to prove that Ajmer Dargah or Tirupati temple brought us the Telangana, rather there is ample proof that people sweated it out on the streets and gave away lives to bring in Telangana.
4- Religion teaches us that it is dharmam/duty/farz of government to spend every penny on providing basic amenities such as clean air, non-adulterated milk, pure water, sound sanitation, nutritious food, garbage-free colonies, clean and equipped hospitals, public toilets and government canteens at every bus stop, cheap and sustainable public transport; smooth roads; universal system of education and health care; just to mention few urgent needs here.
5- As the Minority Welfare is your portfolio, we urge you to utilize waqf department for fulfilling the educational, health and housing needs of the lower economic strata of society and not to use the Waqf Department to prepare the chadar for ajmer dargah. Preparing a chadar for ajmer dargah is not obligatory or mandate of Waqf department of Telangana.
The GO 23 of 24 feb 2015 is not in the direction of resolving any of issues set at point 4 above and not in the ambit of ‘public purpose’ or ‘social welfare’. We urge your good offices to promptly attend to the demand of our representation.
We assure the government of our full cooperation on all fronts to enable ‘Smart City’ of ‘Brand Hyderabad’ in ‘Bangaaru Telangana’ in a smart and non-corrupt governance, cost-effective, people-centric and consultative-participative approach.
Dr Lubna Sarwath, Admiral Ramdas, Lalita Ramdas, Prof Purushottam Reddy, Prof G Sridhar Reddy, Capt G Rama Rao, Sqdrn Ldr Nirmala Chakravarti, Dr Jasveen Jairath, LokVidya Jan Andolan, Omim Maneckshaw Debara, Dr Manatosh Mandal, Adv Mamidi Venumadhav, Madanu Mariah, Commodore Sudheer Parakala, Prof Kirtana Thangavelu, Adv Imran Qureshi, Captain Bhaktiyar Kaoosji, Chaya Ratan(IAS Retd), Anita Rao, Dr Baburao Kalapala, Praja Science Vedika, Thomas Peter, Saraswati Kavula, SQMasood
for We The People
Encl: Public opinion against Public spending on private religious affairs
1- Chief Secretary, Govt of Telangana C block 3rd floor
2- PS Endowments & Commissioiner Endowments, Govt of Telangana, Secretariat D Block
3- Secretary, Minority Welfare, Govt of Telangana D block ground floor.
4- Director, Minority Welfare, APGLI Building, 5th floor, Abids, Hyderabad
40 PEOPLE ENDORSED AND EXPRESSED THEIR ANGUISH
Public opinion against Public spending on Private Vows – Public Money meant for Public Cause
PEOPLE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED IN BUILDING INDIA AND TELANGANA..
THEY ARE UNANIMOUSLY CONDEMNING EXPENDITURE UNDER GO MS 22, 23 DATED 24 FEB 2015 & WAQF EXPENDITURE ON PRIVATE VOWS - CALL UPON RECOVERY OF PUBLIC FUNDS AND USE IT FOR PUBLIC GOOD
Messages as received are appended below for your quick analysis of public opinion and render justice in light of our Constitution spirit & democratic ethos:
From far away...would still like to add our names on principle to this excellent initiative. - Admiral Ramdas & Lalitha Ramdas
Fully endorse the spirit of the letter. - Captain J Rama Rao, retd Navy
I fully endorse the views. - Captain Bhaktiyar Kaoosji, from Malaysia
I protest against spending for religious ceremony from public funds.
Religion is ones private affair and state cannot spend public funds to fulfil his promises.. This is illegal and unconstitutional. – Omim Maneckshaw Debara
We the people ....have adopted a secular constitution. Politicians must read it. – Prof. Purushotham Reddy
Endorsed – Prof. G Sridhar Reddy,
Wholeheartedly support the initiative to oppose this improper decision. Govt funds need to be spent for the people. - Chaya Ratan (IAS retd)
The Lokavidya Jan Andolan endorses the call for opposing this GO. - Lokavidya Jan Andolan Krishnarajulu
I totally support the protest against spending for religious ceremony from public funds. Religion is a private affair....state cannot endorse private beliefs of any faith as qualifying for public expenditure. This is illegal....unconstitutional... irrational....and a social...- Dr Jasveen Jairath, Water Sector Professional & Activist, Hyderabad
I extend my total support to the effort. Please add my name or use my name in any way for advancing the effort. This sets a dangerously bad trend. - Thomas Peter, Activist
I endorse. -– Saraswati Kavula, Farmer & Filmmaker
I fully endorse the representation. Pl also endorse to the Chief Secy,release it to the press and also refer to :
Art 282 of the Constitution : “ The Union or a State my make any grants for any public purpose…….”. Comments : Scope of expenditure by Union or State : “ “ In view of the provisions of Arts. 25-27, the exercise of religion is a ‘private purpose under our Constitution and the State cannot make expenditure of public revenues for the establishment of any religion or for the promotion thereof. When, however, the State takes over the management or superintendence of the properties of a religious institution or endowment in the interests of ‘public order, morality or health’ or to control its secular activities, the expenditure of money for the purposes of such administration is not an expenditure for the purposes of any religion but for the regulation of by the State of its secular activities, which is a “public purpose” within the meaning of Art 282.
'The secular principles of our Constitution haVe been violated by the Telangana State government's donating gold to the Tirupati temple, and proposed donation to Kuravi temple(DC dt 24.2.). Under our secular constitution, government money including travel expenses cannot be spent for religious purposes except in very exceptionl circumstances like as a trustee/affected by riot, etc. A correct precedent was laid under Nehru as PM, Rajendraprasad as President and Sardar Patel as Dy PM, by creating a Trust(non-govt) which bore all expenses cluding travel, re-construction and inauguration of the Somenath Temple. - 24 feb 2017 -Dr Manatosh Mandal, Retd SBI official social activist
There can be no second thought on this.The Cm is not authorised to vandalise public money to corrupt the GoDs How can he guide his MLAs and officials to be straight and honest? All in a secular State. Let him empty his PURSE we have no issue. Withdraw the GO without further thought or delay. God save my Bharat and Telengana - Sqdrn Ldr V S Chakravarthi
My support for this movement. Sould we not also look at a legal course through the court. - - Anita Rao, Managing Director & Educationist
CM KCR giving bribe to temples at the cost of public. - Mamidi Venumadhav, Advocate and Trained Social Worker
I endorse this circular. It is mandatory for all of us to respect, in spirit and in deed, the tenets of secularism, in ways they they were enshrined in our Constitution. – Prof. Kirtana Thangavelu(India & USA)
i condemn this practice it is against the basic structure of our constitution , the state cannot be permitted to use state exchequers money to fulfill there personal vows or for religious functions i have no objection to any person spending from his personal capacity for any religious purpose but not public exchequers this has to be stopped curbed - Advocate Imran Qureshi
Well msg noted, not only this, several issues are there. we will question CM by doing dharna. - Mariah
This is nothing but nonsense. Public money can't be spent to fulfill personal vows. Good going. - Commodore Sudheer Parakala
Endorsed – S Q Masood, rti activist
I endorse –Dr Babu Rao, Retd Chief Scientist
I endorse the letter to be submitted to CM/Secretary - Vooshamalla krishna,
Praja Science Vedika, Telangana State Committee
Happy to c at least one woke up to protest against this modern king, who reminds me of that king without clothes story. - Prabeer Sikdar Journalist
Like Jantarmantar we have Indhra park'. Let us march from Secretariate to Indhra Park. - VSChakravarthi Sqn Ldr (Rtd)
Please do add my name to the endorsement of petition to stop funds to religious shrines. - Dr V Rukmini Rao Executive Director Gramya Resource Centre for Women.
I fully support this petition (attached) as shared by Kiran Vissa garu. We are offering unconditional support as activists who work for children's rights. It took us years to bring temporary Vidya Volunteers to our government schools to fill in the vacant positions of teachers. Even now there is clear lack of quality education. The mid day meal scheme is implemented without serving vegetables and eggs were served only once a week owing to shortage of funds and gross mismanagement. in 2016-17 academic year school children did not receive uniforms at all owing to the shortage of funds for increasing tailoring charges. In Marpalle mandal, Vikarabad district, we have one Auxiliary Nurse and midwife (ANM) for 7 villages which are disconnected from each other and no transportation facility. Rangareddy district ranks no. 1 in child marriages. Hyderabad and Mahabubnagar clsoe 2ndand 3rd as per 2011 census. We fail to protect children's right to education or implement anti-child labour laws or anti-child marriage laws properly in Telanagana, which depicts gross violations of children's rights. Instead of looking at these issues, we at Child Rights Protection Forum find it obscene to spend crores of public funds rupees spent on temple pujas and yagams. We condemn this mindless expenditure of public money which could have been spent in a better manner for children and the downtrodden. -Varsha Bhargavi, Advisor, Child Rights Protection Forum, Telangana, Co-Organiser , I Will Go Out Hyderabad
Please add my endorsement: I hope you will add some more details to make the petition stronger. The attachment of guidelines for Common Good Fund is missing. This is what Telangana Endowments website says:
"Providing financial aid under the scheme of Common Good Fund for renovation and reconstruction of religious institutions and constructions of kalyanamandapams, establishment and maintenance of Vedapatashalas and Schools for training in Archakatvam, Adhyapakatwam, Vedaparayanikatwam, silpam, vaidyam or like services and Dhoopa Deepa Naivedyam to needy institutions." http://endowments.ts.nic.in/
AP Endowments website gives more detailed guidelines. It is possible that these guidelines were made in united AP - in which case the same may apply to TS Endowments also. http://apendowments.gov.in/
The first 3 guidelines are all violated!
(1) Preference will be given to renovation, preservation and maintenance of old temples in rural areas with little resources. Temples with heritage / historic value to get top priority. (2) Temples whose gross annual income exceeds Rs.5.00 lakhs are not eligible for CGF grant. (3) Temples within Municipal Limits are not entitled for C.G.F. grant. - Kirankumar Vissa, Rythu Swaraj Vedika
I endorse the letter. Pl. add my name to the list of endorsements. Using public money for private purposes by politicians and bureacrats has become the "new normal", which should be condemned. - Uma Shankari.
I endorse the letter,please add my name . - R.Meera, Secretary,Women's Initiatives (WINS), Tirupati
I endorse the representation to the court. - Rama melkote Retd. Prof. Osmania university
I endorse the petition. It is equally important to include similar things given to other Communities - Varghese Theckanath s g , Director, Montfort Social Institute
Greetings! from Prema Ananda Spiritual Society! I endorse the petition. My stand is the same as that of Varghese Theckanath. - Thomas - Prema Ananda Spiritual Society
Endorsed. S - సాగర్ ధారా (Sagar Dhara)
I endorse. Kiran shaheen
Pl add my endorsement to all such petitions or representations. - Dr Jasveen Jairath
I endorse the representation, - Prof.K M Reddy
Everyday I am breaking my head about what the CM is upto!!! Why my name is not there among the list of petitioners? I am totally against the CM's offerings of gold. I am very upset about that. I am writing and asking so many people why no voices are being raised. Why did you not add my name? - Sanghamitra Mallik, Poet.
Petitioning the CJ of A.P & T.S state to anull sanctioned amounts. Please include my name in the petition. - Kumar Shastri Jawaharnagar housing society,
Petition - Mohammad Ameenuddin , Begumpet
Very well said, JAI HIND - Kottaki Sundeep
Endorsed - Meera Sanghamitra - National Alliance of People's Movements
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