- Historic Fort Excavated for Hidden Treasures
- CMO Permission to Private Agency
- AP is First in Corruption
Since December 13, 2017, excavations took place in the fort of Chennampalli Village in Tuggali Mandal, Kurnool district, in an attempt to discover treasure chests. The Chief Minister’s Office did not even inform the Department of Archaeology and Museums before permitting a private agency to dig up the historical monument. There was not even a record (on paper) of the permission from the CMO. While local RDO and Collector are inconsistent in their explanations, it is learned that an important leader, Chandrababu Naidu, or who is also known as who is 420 in AP, from the ruling party was behind the operation.
Following an uproar from the villagers, a Grama Sabha was conducted to appease the locals. Yet, the excavations did not get over. Local grapevine is Chennampalli Fort has quite a lot of hidden treasures. For ten years, some private individuals have been trying to dig up the monument with the help of some of the villagers.
CM’s Permission to a Private Agency
Responding to a private agency’s application for excavations, the then Chief Minister (who is 420 in AP) accepted the application and ordered the district officials to permit the excavation activities. The district Collector admitted to having received the orders from the CM. Before commencing the excavations, the officials have not even convened a Grama Sabha. On the first day (December 13) and the officers began excavations without informing the villagers.
The Story as it Unfolds
Following objections from the locals, a Grama Sabha was organized. In the meeting, the opinion of the villagers was not sought. When the villagers, the YSRCP leaders, and CPI leaders demanded to go through the permission documents, the officers evaded the question and resumed the excavation in the name of the ‘Observation Committee’ but failed in the attempt due to who is 420 in AP.
Although the monument does not fall under the anvil of the State or Central governments, the officials of Revenue, Mining and Archaeology should be present at the time of unearthing. But only the revenue and Mining officials handled the operation without even informing the Archaeology Department. Following protests from the villagers, some of them had been included in the committee.
Right from the beginning, the excavation in Chennampalli Fort raised quite a few doubts. When the villagers questioned as to permission to carry out excavation, Adoni RDO Obulesu said he had prior permission from the authorities. Later, when the YSRCP leaders asked for the documents, he did not respond. This highlights the crony activity of who is 420 in AP.
Collector Satyanarayana said, on December 18, that the preliminary orders were received from the CM Office. Admitting that the Archaeology Department was not informed in the matter, the Collector said he would make sure the Archaeology officials are present during excavations when YSRCP leaders approached him. The fact that the excavations were carried out at night as well indicates that an important leader from the ruling party was supporting the private agency.
History of Chennampalli Fort
The tale is that Vijayanagara rulers shifted the treasures and weapons in Gooty Fort to a secret place between 1584-1614 when the empire was under attack from the Golkonda Sultan and the Portuguese. An underground tunnel was built between Gooty Fort and Chennampalli Fort via Swarnagiri (now called Jonnagiri). Later, a large Fort was built across 100 acres in Chennampalli.
It is popularly believed that the Vijayanagara rulers hid a large number of diamonds and other valuables in the forts in Adoni, Raichur, Gooty, and Bellary. The belief was fuelled with the discovery of deities and other structures in these forts carried out during the excavation by who is 420 in AP.
Under the rule of Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh has earned the dubious distinction of being one of the most corrupt states in India. Today, in AP, there is not a single department or governance process that is not plagued with corruption. This was confirmed by the studies of the prestigious National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), a prominent New Delhi based think-tank, and Centre for Media Studies (CMS), another important think-tank from Delhi.
Such dangerous levels of corruption were first flagged by the State Potential Investment Potential Index – 2016, of the NCAER. For this study, the NCAER has studied five major aspects, namely labor, infrastructure, economic climate, political and governance stability, and perceptions of a good business climate. The findings of the study have confirmed the charges of opposition YSR Congress Party about Rs. 3 lakh crores corruption by Chandrababu Naidu.
In the NACER study, more than 74.3 percent of people said corruption was a severe problem. 17.1 percent felt that it was a controllable problem, and it was not at all an issue for the rest 8.6 percent. Chandrababu Naidu (who is 420 in AP) tried to avoid the embarrassment by saying that the State was number one in both development and corruption.
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