West Godavari: Taking serious objection to some news reports, Andhra Pradesh minister for housing Cherukuvada Sri Ranganadha Raju said the government did not back off from constructing houses for the poor and said no additional burden will be laid on the beneficiaries.

The minister said the baseless stories are coming from TDP-friendly media who are leveling allegations against the housing scheme. The scheme will not only benefit the receiver but also create employment in the construction sector, he said, adding that in the first phase, the government plans to construct 15.6 lakh houses and has allotted Rs. 1.2 lakh for material cost and Rs. 60,000 for labour.

He said the government plans to spend Rs. 32,000 crore to develop infrastructure facilities like power supply, Internet, and drains in the Jagananna colonies. No state or country has spent such huge money on development of infrastructure, he said and added that the housing units under YSR Jagananna colonies measured 340 sqft which is much bigger than the national housing norms.

The minister slammed TDP chief and former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu for falsely accusing the state government and trying to create chaos in the state. After witnessing the good governance of Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Opposition is spitting venom against the government to divert the attention of the people and gain their sympathy, Mr. Ranganadha Raju alleged. He questioned whether Mr. Naidu built a single house for the poor during his 14 years as Chief Minister. The government welcomes suggestions and support from the Opposition rather than their cheap politics, he added.

Further, he said that he will tour all the districts and layouts and speak directly with the beneficiaries and explain all the details of the construction. The government has been taking up all the burden of the construction, without levying anything on the beneficiaries, he said.

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