Hyderabad: The life in Telangana is likely to come to a standstill as the government has called for a shutdown on Tuesday in order to undertake a door-to-door survey. ‘Telangana Samagra Kutumba Survey’ or ‘Telangana Intensive Household Survey’ will cover over 84 lakh households in the state. The enumerators will visit all houses in all 10 districts of the state. The survey has generated a lot of heat in the political circles.
The exercise by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi government is aimed to identify genuine beneficiaries of welfare schemes. The government has ordered that all schools, colleges and government office be closed on Tuesday. Only emergency services will run.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said, “The Opposition has been opposing this much controversial survey. Parties like TDP and BJP doubt intention of the government behind the survey and fear hidden agenda of government to check nativity.”
BJP Vice President Bandaru Dattatraya said that they don’t have a problem with the survey but with the intention. “We don’t have a problem with the survey being done to make a database. But question is on the intention. The way this survey is being done on a single day has created chaos and panic among people.”
People fear that the survey might make them ‘unwanted’ in Telangana. The Hyderabad High Court (previously Andhra Pradesh High Court) on Thursday gave its nod to the Telangana government to conduct its intensive household survey in the state on August 19 after the government confirmed that it was voluntary and there is no element of compulsion. While refusing to stay the survey, Justice Vilas Afzulpurkar said that the government would have to strictly adhere to the statement made before the court that disclosure of information was only on voluntary basis.
Dismissing allegations and apprehensions expressed by Seemandhra people over the survey, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhara Rao said that the survey was aimed at eliminating only the bogus beneficiaries of various government schemes. He denied the reports that after the survey, Seemandhra people would be targeted.