Where Is Fact-Finding Report, Mr Pawan?

It has been nearly a month since the joint fact-finding committee constituted by actor-politician and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan on the financial assistance given by the Centre to Andhra Pradesh and the amount spent by the state.

While the committee members struggled to get the data from the Centre on the amount released for various schemes and projects, the Andhra Pradesh government submitted a detailed note to the committee on the amount spent by it on them.

The committee finally declared that the Centre still owed Rs 74,542 crore to the state.

However, for reasons known to him, Pawan Kalyan did not evince any interest on taking the follow-up action on the fact-finding committee report.

Instead, Pawan chose to use it for his political purposes to attack Telugu Desam Party and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu at his public meeting at Guntur on March 14.

This has naturally upset the members of the JFC. Former MLA and Lok Satta chief Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, who was one of the key founders of the JFC, on Friday expressed strong dissatisfaction over the attitude of Pawan Kalyan.

“He has not been showing the same kind of interest on the JFC committee report. Instead of taking follow-up action on the report and announce a programme of action, he is focusing on scoring political points,” JP said.

He said in view of Pawan Kalyan’s indifferent attitude, an independent committee has now been constituted with former IAS officer Padmanabhaiah, Prof Gulab, Raghavachary, Prof Shanta Sinha and former DGP H J Dora, to study the strategy to struggle for implementation of promises made in the bifurcation act.

“It would also look into the veracity of the claims made by BJP president Amit Shah in his letter to the TDP president. If we get the appointment, we would go to Delhi to submit our findings to the Centre,” JP said.