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Will KCR Cancel NTR Trust Bhavan Lease?

Will KCR Cancel NTR Trust Bhavan Lease?

In a surprising development, employees working in the NTR Trust Bhavan, the headquarters of Telangana Telugu Desam Party, on Wednesday requested Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to cancel the lease of the building and use it for public purposes.

The NTR Trust Bhavan was constructed on a piece of land at Road No. 2, Banjara Hills in 1997, when Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu was the chief minister.

The land was taken on a 30-years lease by NTR Memorial Trust at a nominal rent of Rs 90,000 per month.

During the period of combined Andhra Pradesh till 2014, it was the official party headquarters of the TDP, besides being used for the trust activities including a blood bank.

After the bifurcation, the Andhra unit of the TDP moved to Guntur, while the NTR Trust Bhavan continued as the Telangana TDP headquarters.

While Andhra employees working in the NTR Trust Bhavan also moved to the Guntur office, the Telangana employees continue to work in Hyderabad.

On Wednesday, these Telangana employees wrote a letter to the chief minister stating that though they have been working in the NTR Trust for over 15 years, the management is still under the control of the Andhra people.

“When the TDP was in good position, they used the NTR Trust Bhavan for political purposes. Now that the party has almost disappeared in Telangana and lost power in Andhra Pradesh, the Andhra employees in the top position are trying to commercially exploit the building,” the employees alleged.

They pointed out that already many rooms of the building were being given on rent for accommodation by the people close to Chandrababu Naidu. A private restaurant and canteen, besides private call centres are being run from this building.

“It is being used as a commercial establishment by the Andhra TDP leaders, apart from their political activities,” the Telangana staff alleged.

They said as per the agreement, the land taken on lease for the trust activities should be used for service activities but not political and commercial purposes.

“Unfortunately, the Telangana employees or TDP leaders have no say in the trust affairs. Even Telangana TDP president L Ramana is helpless,” they said.

They also alleged that the TDP leadership had not increased their salaries even by a paisa in the last seven years, whereas the Andhra employees who moved to Guntur had been given considerable hike.

“We don’t even have provident fund and insurance facilities. Added to this, we are being humiliated by the Andhra employees holding power in the NTR Trust Bhavan,” they lamented.

Stating that the NTR Trust Bhavan had come up on the Telangana land, they requested KCR to look into the issue and cancel the lease agreement of the NTR Memorial Trust.

“It can be given to either private parties or the government offices. We also want the government to continue our jobs with better wages, so that we can serve in our own Telangana state,” the employees added.

It remains to be seen how KCR will respond to the request of the NTR Trust Bhavan employees.

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