Don't politicise boat accident: Tourism min

Rajahmundry: Andhra Pradesh tourism minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao has once again refuted allegations of owing boats.
Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, Srinivasa Rao appealed to political parties to not politicise the boat accident and media persons to exercise discretion while reporting on the case.
He stated that the government is committed to retrieving the boat and the chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy will be conducting a review meet on tourism on October 11. He added that an action plan will be formulated to ensure that such an accident never happens again.
Meanwhile, a committee comprising five IAS officers has been constituted to probe into the incident and it will submit its report soon, he said.
Speaking on the boat retrieval operation, Srinivasa Rao said the government has engaged a private company with Rs 22.70 lakh to retrieve the boat. But after trying for four consecutive days operators had to suspend the operation owing to rising flood level. He clarified that both National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force teams are assisting the rescue operation.

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