The Lok Satta Party today accused Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah of resorting to personal attacks, as he could not rebut the criticism that the Pranahita-Chevella lift irrigation scheme is economically unviable.
“It is only those who irresponsibly squander public money that harm public interest and not those who advocate prudence in Government spending”, Lok Satta Party spokesmen Katari Srinivasa Rao and B. Krishna Reddy told the media.
The Lok Satta, they made it clear, is not opposed to the provision of irrigation and drinking water to the Telangana region. It is only interested in ensuring that the money is not wasted on grandiose and unviable schemes when there are viable and better alternatives.
The Lok Satta challenged the Minister for a public debate on the project on any day and forum of his choice.