Hyderabad, Aug 19, 2014: Bringing the normal life to a halt, the Telangana government on Tuesday kicked off a massive door-to-door survey across the newly-formed state to identify real beneficiaries to be covered under various welfare schemes despite criticism from several quarters.
The "Intensive Household Survey", being compared with the General Elections in size, would cover an estimated 84 lakh families living in Telangana, involving about four lakh government employees, including police personnel and teachers, a press release issued earlier said.
Refuting allegations that the survey is aimed at identifying Seemandhra natives, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao yesterday said that the exercise is intended to ensure that benefits of Government schemes reached the targeted sections.
Public transport buses will stay off the roads and the state government has already declared a holiday today.
According to information reaching here, trains, buses and other modes of public transport are full to the brim with people leaving for their native places to get enrolled in the survey covering a dozen districts.
Significantly, Telangana natives living in cities like Mumbai, Surat have also been travelling to their home places to participate in the massive process.
According to the "Check Slip" posted on the website of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), data is sought about the number of family members in a household, water tap connection, property tax assessment, LPG & electricity connections, bank account, Aadhaar card, caste certificate, birth certificate, disability, vehicles and land owned.
The enumerators have already made pre-survey visits to the households in the run up to the survey.
In a media release yesterday evening, the Chief Minster appealed to the people to make the survey a success.
Observing the survey is being conducted for providing welfare schemes to the people and find out what they want, Rao asked citizens to give correct information to the enumerators.
Taking exception to certain critical comments made by Opposition TDP and BJP regarding the controversial survey, Rao had yesterday said the parties were raising a false alarm.
"The TRS Government wants to be target specific. It (the survey) is aimed at helping the people and the poor," he had said.