P. Raghunatha Reddy huge subsidy to SB Birth anniversary bash
Posted by robertpriddy on November 21, 2015
Gross misuse of public taxpayer money by unscrupulous Sai Baba devotee who grants US$ 4.5 million (equiv. 300 crores of rupees) to promote anniversary celebrations of the former sex abuser, major deceiver and murder accomplice, Sathya Sai Baba. Palle Raghunatha Reddy is currently a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Andhra Pradesh, representing the constituency of Puttaparthi for the Telugu Desam Party.
Rs 300 Crore Released for Sai Baba Birth Anniversary By Express News Service 19th November 2015 04:41 AM
HYDERABAD: All arrangements have been made for the 90th birth anniversary celebrations of Satya Sai Baba and 10th World Conference going to be held on November 23 at Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi in Anantapur district.
I & PR minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy, who held a teleconference with officials from secretariat here Wednesday, told reporters that he had directed the district collector to make elaborate arrangements for the mega event. He further added that the state government had already sanctioned Rs 300 crore for the conduct of the mega event.
Reddy said he had asked the collector to make proper arrangements with regard to transport, accommodation, drinking water and uninterrupted power supply.
This is yet more ultimate proof that Sathya Sai Baba’s much-trumpeted Water Project for the Rayalaseema region was a total failure. Prashanthi Nilayam has apparently descended back to squalor with broken toilet facilities, constant power failures and no pure drinking water – with severe shortage of water in Puttaparthi and surrounding villages. The depleted Sathya Sai Central Trust with its squandering and embezzling trustees could not fix things as of yore when an US billionaire James Sinclair in 1995 gave US$ 1 billion, largely used to renovate and upgrade the entire ashram, which is now almost always as if empty.
Notably, no Premier or President and no ministers or well-known celebrities, have visited Prashanthi celebrations for years now, but nonetheless the ashram under Ratnakara pretend that stupendous half a million will come,10% being foreigners stuffed with foreign cash! Dream on… until we see the photos, most likely to show practically only all-ethnic Indian villagers, captive students and non-liberated devotees. Mr. Reddy probably still hopes that an earlier goal of the AP Tourist Board to make Prashanthi Nilayam would rival the super-profitable tourist traps like Tirupati. But so far its fate is more like that of Goldsmith’s ‘Deserted Village’.
Comment from 3 decade resident of Prashanthin, Eileen Weed (‘Divya’): “The amount is outrageous! I wonder what the hard-working Indians think of their tax money being used in such a wasteful manner. The lion’s portion will no doubt not be used at all, but stuffed into the pockets of local politicians (no doubt sb’s nephew Ratnakar included).”