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Dharani Portal will be launched on Dasara day: KCR

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao said the state government will officially launch the Dharani Portal on the auspicious occasion on Dasara festival day.

Rao said through the Dharani portal, part of the implementation of the new Revenue Act, the land records and land deals will be made transparent. The State government has asked revenue officials to update the online database, complete all the preparations including software, hardware, and internet bandwidth before launching the portal as per schedule. During a meeting with officials concerned at Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday, he said immediately after the website is launched, the government will also open the doors for registration of lands and other properties as per the new Revenue Act.

The CM said the state government has entrusted the responsibility of uploading information on all non-agricultural properties online, to the officials in the Panchayat Raj and Municipal departments to complete the task. He said Dharani portal will facilitate online registration of properties by keeping the information on lands up to date.

Rao said the Dharani portal will be used as a tool to reduce corruption and improve transparency. The CM asked officials concerned to conduct training to tahsildars, deputy tahsildars and sub-registrars on the modalities of registration, immediate mutation, updating of details to the Dharani portal, and other procedures.

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Governor Biswabhusan, Jagan, KCR condole SPB demise

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Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy and his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhara Rao on Friday condoled the demise of popular singer S P Balasubrahmanyam who succumbed to Covid-19 after a prolonged battle in a hospital in Chennai.

Biswabhusan Harichandan prayed for the departed soul and offered heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Biswabhusan Harichandan in a statement said, “Balasubrahmanyam is a household name, not only in the Telugu states but the entire country as an iconic playback singer in 16 languages, predominantly Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, and Malayalam.” Harichandan reminded that SPG received coveted awards such as the Padma Bhushan in 2011, six national film awards as best male playback singer, 25 Nandi awards, NTR National Award and others for his contribution to Indian cinema.

Jagan expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. He said Balasubrahmanyam was refreshing with his film music, spanning over five decades, and enthralled the connoisseurs and common people alike through his multifaceted talent.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao said Balasubrahmanyam’s death is a great loss to the music world. He reminded that SPB has won the hearts of fans all over the country through thousands of his melodious songs. “SP Balasubrahmanyam had worked as a singer, actor and music director,” the Chief Minister said.

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Telugu CMs competing to install giant statues of Ambedkar

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In the first term of KCR, there was no proposal for a giant statue of Ambedkar. But this time, the Telangana TRS Government issued a GO to install a 125-ft statue of the architect of the Indian Constitution. About 11 acres are allotted in the vicinity of the centrally located Hussainsagar lake in Hyderabad city. There a park will be developed in memory of Ambedkar along with a museum and a library.

Already, AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy has okayed a similar 125-ft Ambedkar statue in the arterial Swaraj Maidan grounds on Bandar Road in Vijayawada city. For this, the Chief Minister has even ordered the evacuation of irrigation, electricity and other departments functioning from the buildings located in parts of these grounds. The AP Government’s agenda is different from that of KCR. Here, Jagan Reddy has chosen Vijayawada after having decided to ignore the Ambedkar Smriti Vanam project begun by the TDP regime in Amaravati Capital City.

With the Parliament session begun in Delhi, the rival political parties have stepped up their vote bank politics once again. While the TDP is criticising Jagan Reddy for ‘demolishing’ Ambedkar Constitution to implement Raja Reddy Constitution, the YSRCP is singularly focusing on its agenda to expose alleged insider trading in Amaravati.

Whatever, both the AP and Telangana Governments have announced to spend above Rs 100 Rs for Ambedkar huge statues and convention centres and libraries there.

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KCR makes a powerful speech in Assembly

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Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday moved a resolution in the Assembly demanding that the central government withdraw the Power Bill terming it a draconian law aimed at usurping the powers and functions of the state government.

Rao said he spoke to CMs of non-BJP ruled states to fight unitedly in Parliament against the Power Bill. He strongly opposed the Centre’s proposed bill to amend the Electricity Act which he said would have an adverse impact directly on the management of the state electricity utilities.

He termed the Power Bill introduced in Parliament as a draconian law meant to usurp the rights of the state government to supply power to the farming and domestic sector at subsidized tariffs.

Expressing concern over the Power Bill, Rao said it has a provision for the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of subsidy provided to consumers, particularly to the agriculture and domestic sectors. “This would work against the interest of farmers and very poor domestic consumers. Mode of payment of the subsidy should be left to the state government. We will oppose the Bill at any cost. Its provisions are draconian. It usurps the rights of the states,” KCR told the Assembly.

Rao the Power Bill would have an adverse impact directly on the management of State Electricity utilities. He said the proposed Power Bill would take away certain functions and powers of the State government. Proposals like the appointment of State Electricity Regulatory Commission by a selection committee constituted by the Centre and entrusting the responsibilities to a neighbouring State Electricity Regulatory Commissions under certain circumstances were against the federal spirit.

Rao also said that the powers of extending subsidy to farmers and appointing ERCs too would be taken away by the Central government once the Bill is passed in both the Houses of Parliament. He has appealed to the four elected BJP MPs from Telangana to support the state government’s fight against the union government’s Power Bill.

Addressing the Assembly on Tuesday, Rao said he is appealing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with folded hands to withdraw the Power Bill.

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KCR introduces New Revenue Bill in Telangana Assembly

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In a significant move towards enacting the New Revenue Act to revamp the Revenue System in Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday introduced the new Revenue Bill calling it as Telangana Rights in Lands and Pattadar Pass Books Bill 2020.

Addressing the Assembly on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said the objective of bringing the New Act is to provide transparency and corruption-free land-related services to citizens, including registration of property documents. Introducing the Bill, KCR said it is his “Purva Janma Sukrutham” that he could introduce the new Revenue Bill. “The objective of the new act is to check corruption. The New Revenue Act will make land transactions transparent and ensure that there would be zero scope for corruption for any official work to be done. The government will ensure that all transactions are done in a transparent manner. It will help in eliminating corruption and provide hassle-free service to farmers and the people in general. Every inch of land would be accounted for. The government will leave no room for corruption or laxity,” he told the Assembly

Earlier, the Telangana government has abolished the VRO system in the revenue department as part of reforms.

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KCR moves resolution for Bharata Ratna to PV

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Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday moved a resolution demanding the Union government to confer Bharata Ratna on former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao in the Assembly.

Chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao said the reforms introduced by former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao with regard to land rights, education and economic policies have shaped the country’s future.

KCR said that Narasimha Rao changed the country’s destiny for the better and deserves the highest civilian award.

The Chief Minister also demanded that the Modi government install the statue of PV Narasimha Rao in Parliament and demanded that the union government name Hyderabad Central University after PV Narasimha Rao.

KCR recalled the services rendered to the nation in different capacities including as CM to the United Andhra Pradesh, union minister. PV was instrumental in bringing economic reforms which helped India to move on growth part on a fast pace. The creation of new employment opportunities and increased Foreign direct investments was the result of PV’s economic initiatives. He promoted India as global destination for investments.
The CM said that the fruits of the economic reforms introduced by Narasimha Rao are now being enjoyed by by the current generation.
KCR also said that Narasimha Rao has brought into force land reforms in Telangana . The former PM himself donated 800 acres to the poor in his native village.

The demand for conferring Bharat Ratna on PM comes a few days after the Telangana government unveiled plans to organise year-long centenary celebrations of Narasimha Rao on a grand scale.

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KCR seen without mask in Assembly

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The Telangana Assembly session began on Monday. This is the first legislative session since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the Opposition is expected to corner the ruling Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) over its ‘failure’ to contain the spread of the disease.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has introduced a resolution to condole the death of former President and Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee . KCR recalled Pranab services to the nation and also his key role in awarding statehood to Telangana.

While all members are wearing masks, the Chief Minister walked inside the Assembly wearing a Kanduva. He was seen struggling to cover his mouth and nose while moving condolence resolution on the death of Pranab Mukherjee. Agriculture minister Niranjan Reddy likened the relationship between KCR and Pranab to that of a father and son. Although Niranjan Reddy had a mask, it was not on his face. It was hanging around his neck. Wearing of masks was made mandatory for all legislators.

Speaker P Srinivas Reddy asked all members to undergo mandated tests and the use face masks. He suggested the members not to share food with others and avoid touching iron and steel furniture on the House premises. All the members will have to produce Covid test results before entering the house.

The construction of irrigation projects by the Andhra Pradesh government under Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme, crop loss due to heavy rains and the fire accident in the Srisailam Hydel Project will be raised in the Assembly.

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KCR dashes off letter to PM on GST dues

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Taking strong exception to the decisions taken by GST council on the payment of dues and compensation to the states, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday dashed off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the concerns raised on the payment of GST dues to the states.

KCR’s letter comes in the wake of reducation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation to be paid to States from Rs 3 lakh crore to Rs 1.65 lakh crore.

In the letter, KCR had pointed out that states are in the forefront of fighting Covid and reviving the state economies. Telangana, during the past four months, had lost 35 per cent of income, which is to the tune of Rs 8,000 crore, he pointed out in the letter.

KCR said that the centre has violated the provisions of GST compensation act by parking the surpluses in the compensation fund in its consolidated fund instead of parking them in the non lapsable compensation fund in the Public Account. He strongly opposed to the centre suggestion to the states to go for borrowings to meet the financial requirements.

Earlier, the Chief Minister wrote a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman expressing the State’s opposition to the Centre’s move.

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KCR gets 21-kg Balapur laddu this year

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Hyderabad: For the first time in over 25 years, the Balapur Ganesh Utsav Samithi in Hyderabad will not auction the 21-kg laddu prasad this year.

This year Balapur Ganesh Utsav Samithi has decided to present 21 kg laddu to the Telangana State Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, as a Ganesh Prasadam.

Each year with organising an open auction for laddu for past 26 years, this year due to Coronavirus Pandemic, the Balapur Utsav had decided to cancelled the auction and to present the laddu to CM. “This year there is no auction for laddu, we have decided to present the laddu to CM K Chandrashekhar Rao, and we are trying to take appointment,” said Niranjan Reddy, President Balapur Ganesh Utsav Samithi.

Last year ganesh laddu was auctioned for Rs 17.6 lakh and bagged by Kolan Rami Reddy, a local resident – emerged as the successful bidder, say reports. Around 19 people participated in the auction that was held ahead of the Ganesh idol immersion.

For the gold-coated laddu that weighs 21kg, Reddy quoted Rs 17.6 lakh as it was offered to him on a silver plate by the organisers.

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CM orders CID probe into Srisailam fire mishap

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday ordered CID probe into the fire mishap in Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Limited in Srisailam that has left nine employees dead.

Efforts to save the lives of the employees trapped at Telangana State Generation Corporation (TS Genco) hydel power station plant at Srisailam remained futile.

All nine employees were killed in the fire. Those who were killed in the fire mishap that broke out due to a suspected short circuit on Thursday night were identified as assistant engineers Mohan Kumar, Uzma Fatima, and Sunder, divisional engineer Srinivas Goud and Mahesh, an employee of Amara Raja battery company. The engineers are believed to have died of asphyxiation.

The engineers were on the maintenance job of the electric that when the mishap occurred. Six persons were rescued earlier in the day.

Those trapped inside include six Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (TS Genco) employees and three private company employees.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) were pressed in for the rescue operations, but the efforts did not pay off as thick smoke hampered the rescue operations.

Two teams comprising 20 members, including three officials of Singareni Collieries Company Limited, a state-owned coal miner, were roped in for rescue work. The rescue personnel including those from the CISF and the NDRF were battling thick smoke to retrieve the bodies.

The Chief Minister directed Additional DGP (CID) Govind Singh to investigate the factors that led to the fire accident and submit a detailed report within a week’s time.

The Chief Minister expressed deep anguish over the fire accident that broke out due to a suspected short circuit on Thursday night and assured to provide best of treatment to those injured in the mishap. He directed the officials to intensify rescue efforts. As many as 30 firefighters have been deployed to trace at least four workers who are still missing.

Two teams comprising 20 members, including three officials of Singareni Collieries Company Limited, a state-owned coal miner, were roped in for rescue work.

The engineers were on the maintenance job of the electric that when the mishap occurred. Six persons were rescued earlier in the day.

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KCR, Jagan gear up for Apex Council meeting on August 25 over water dispute

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy are gearing up to present their respective point of views on the river water sharing between the two states when they meet at the Apex Council on August 25.

Both the states have locked their horns over irrigation projects being taken up on Godavari and Krishna rivers.

Rao, who stated that he will not compromise even a single drop of water, is preparing the argeuments put forward to safeguard the interests of his state people

He had also held a review meeting to finalise the strategy to be adopted at the Apex Council meeting. The officials concerned are briefing the CM with comprehensive information on all the objections that the AP Government and Centre had put forth. Armed with the information, the CM is likely to fiercely put forth his views and objections before the Apex Council meeting.

He pointed out that there were no new projects in the Telangana state andthe projects approved in the united AP were redesigned to suit the needs of the Telangana and the projects are being executed in tune with the Bachawat Tribunal Award. It was also decided to strongly oppose and register objections over enhancing the capacity of Pothireddy Padu as well as the new Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation project taken by the AP government at the Apex Council meeting. The CM made it clear that the so-called objections raised by AP Government and the Centre have no meaning and were baseless.

The Telangana government has opposed the Andhra Pradesh government’s move go ahead with the Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme and also move to draw and utilise six to eight TMC of water per day from the Srisailam reservoir on Krishna River.

The Andhra Pradesh government raised objections over KCR govermnent’s six irrigation projects or schemes, including the Kaleshwaram Lift irrigation Scheme to draw water from the Godavari River.

At the Apex Council meeting, Jagan will point out that Telangana has projects such as Palamuru-Rangareddy, Dindi, Kalwakurthy and other lift irrigation schemes, to draw water from 800-ft of Srisailam.

Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat had recently written a letter advising the Chief Ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh not to proceed with the construction of projects which have not been cleared by the agencies concerned such as the Central Water Commission (CWC). Jagan shot back.

In a letter to Shekhawat, Jagan clarified that that the Rayalaseema project is being built with the objective of using the water that Andhra Pradesh receives in the summer as per the Reorganization Act.

At the same time, Jagan Reddy clarified to Shekhawat that Rayalaseema scheme was not a new project but just a part of the existing Pothireddypadu scheme. Moreover, the AP Reorganisation Act 2014 has clearly laid down guidelines for taking up new irrigation projects strictly abiding by the related acts and guidelines so as to meet water needs of both the states.

It remains to be seen how the Apex Coulcil when resolve the dispute between both the states.

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KCR holds ministerial meet on flood situation in Telangana

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao held a high-level meeting on Monday with ministers to review their preparedness to deal with south-west monsoon and current flood situation in the state.

The Chief Minister discussed disaster management in view of the heavy rainfall and meteorological predictions.

The meeting at Pragathi Bhavan comes at a time when state is reeling under incessant rainfall and flood situation for the last three days in most cities including Warangal

Chandrashekhar Rao sounded an alert as heavy rains triggered flood situation in some parts of the state and also directed the concerned officials to be on alert.

Several tanks and canals were overflowing due to the heavy rains lashing the state under the influence of a low pressure area off Bay of Bengal.

The Chief Minister has said there is threat of inundation due to overflowing tanks in Karimnagar. The flooding has affected around hundreds of houses in low-lying areas and thousands of people were evacuated.

The situation is no different in Warangal. Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall was recorded in Warangal city, Hanamkonda and Kazipet, that flooded several low-lying areas on Saturday. Hundreds of people have been evacuated and shifted to relief centres in Warangal city as well as in Narsampet town.

Hundreds of people living in low-lying areas in Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) limits were shifted to government rehabilitation centres on Sunday following a flood-like situation in the city.

The CM reviewed the prevailing situation and asked the Disaster Management Department to stay alert, especially for any rise in the river levels.

Rao also issued instructions for the evacuation of people from villages and their relocation to relief camps.

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Exclusive: Tollywood celebrities meet KCR

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Earlier, a bunch of Tollywood producers met Telangana Chief Minister KCR after which he granted permission for the film shoots. Several producers met KCR recently to get support for the film industry that is completely shattered due to the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting witnessed several top producers and they discussed all their concerns and placed some requests. KCR promised to waive off the electricity charges for the theatres till the end of this year and a GO about the same would be issued once the theatres would be reopened. KCR also promised to support Tollywood and he would take some crucial calls after discussing some of the issues with the officials. A discussion about the relaxation of GST for a specific time took place and KCR promised to have a look into it as it should be discussed with the Centre.

Telangana government asked the theatres and multiplexes not to charge parking fees and KCR promised that he would reintroduce the parking fees to support the theatre system. KCR suggested that it is not a wise decision to reopen the theatres at this time and he asked the producers and exhibitors to wait with patience. The discussion about the arrival of vaccination and others happened in the meeting. Tollywood producers lost hopes in 2020 and are eagerly waiting for Sankranthi 2021 to bounce back.

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Rumour afloat that KTR to become chief minister soon

Is Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao passing the baton to his son K T Rama Rao? That is the question that is doing the rounds in political circles. KCR had been missing in action since the last two months ever since he moved to his Gajwel farm house from Pragathi Bhavan after some staff contracted the deadly Covid-19.

Although KCR had returned to Pragathi Bhavan exactly after 14 days which is the mandatory quarantine period, the Chief Minister had not been taking active part in official duties barring a few appearances now and then.

It is reported that KCR has once again shifted to his farmhouse on August 10 from Pragathi Bhavan. On August 13, IT and Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao held a high-level ministerial meeting at Pragathi Bhavan to discuss the government’s policy on food processing and logistics.

In the meeting that lasted more than eight hours, State Planning Commission Vice-Chairman Boinpally Vinod Kumar and several ministers attended. The high-ministerial meeting chaired by KTR is unusual. Usually, such high-level meetings with Ministers or district collectors have been so far held by the Chief Minister himself. KTR’s high-ministerial meeting is being seen as a departure from the tradition leading to speculation that KCR will soon anoint his son as the Chief Minister.

In the August 13 meeting, all the ministers and chief secretary Somesh Kumar and top officials were in full attendance. Rarely did KTR held such meetings. Political observers believe that the meeting was held in full knowledge of KCR, once again triggering speculation that the time has come for KTR to don the mantle of his father.

It too well known that KCR aspired to play a crucial curated role in national political firmament after he floated the Federal Front bringing together regional parties. He hoped that his party would win 16 of Telengana’s 17 Lok Sabha seats. In such a scenario, KCR wanted to play a critical role in national politics leaving the CM chair to his son. But that was not to be.

In the last two months, KTR had been take active part in party activities as well as holding ministerial meetings. The August 13 meeting has once again given enough indication to bureaucracy and the party rank and file that KTR will succeed KCR as the TRS supremo and as CM soon.

As a matter of fact, political observers believe KTR conducted the high-level ministerial in a manner and style in which Cabinet meetings are usually held. Many think the meeting was a first stop towards being crowned as CM.

Political observers believe the meeting is seen as a rehearsal for future Cabinet meetings to be chaired by KTR.

KTR with a very urban outlook has inculcated his own inimical style which has earned him admiration within the party and with the people. After he assumed charge as party working president it is a given that he was next in command after KCR.
This is the first major decision taken by KCR a day after being sworn-in for a second term. Ever since, KTR was seen as as the ‘CM-in-waiting’.

With KTR holding a high-level ministerial meeting that too from Pragathi Bhavan, speculation is abuzz that he is soon-to-be CM. That KTR will be the next CM is a given, the question is when. Political observers say it is sooner than later.

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Jagan-KCR’s shadow boxing puts BJP in a corner

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The Bharatiya Janata Party has been giving a tough time to KCR from the beginning. It is also adopting a confusing stand on AP by indirectly supporting Jaganmohan Reddy on some issues while opposing him on some others. As on today, the BJP is having a near confrontation with the ruling parties in both Telugu States. Amid this volatile political situation, the simmering water disputes reached a flash point.

Seen as die-hard friends, KCR and Jagan Reddy are now criticising each other on Krishna river projects. KCR kept relatives silent initially but began attacking AP once BJP Telangana unit complained and got the Centre to stall Jagan’s pet project of Rayalaseema irrigation scheme. Obviously, KCR is criticising AP and raising his voice against Jagan projects only to avoid any scope for the BJP to whip up Telangana sentiment based on water issues. From his side, Jagan Reddy was also waiting for an opportunity to confront the BJP directly. The best way was to oppose and ignore the Centre on irrigation projects. Whatever, KCR and Jagan were now fighting against each other. Analysts, however, call their fight just a shadow boxing aimed at causing political embarrassment to the BJP in the Telugu States rather. Under any circumstances, Telugu CMs would not hurt each considering their immediate political priorities.

Who is now going to get caught in the sham crossfire between KCR and Jagan Reddy? Undoubtedly, the BJP is going to be cornered. If Telangana projects are allowed, it would face a greater crisis in AP. If projects were stalled in both the States, still the BJP would have to answer to the people. Irrigation projects now prove to be a very unlikely choice for the BJP Government at the Centre to use them against KCR and Jagan right now.

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After ‘Shehensha’, Nadda calls KCR as Kumbhakarna

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After calling Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao ‘Shehensha’ of his will and wish, national BJP president J P Nadda on Monday likened him to Kumbhakarna, the demon king and brother of Ravana.

Mythology has it that Kumbhakarna had a massive appetite and slept for months. The BJP president launched a broadside on KCR saying the Telangana Chief Minister was in deep slumber like Kumbhakarna at a time when the state is witnessing an alarming rise in Covid-19 positive cases and that the KCR-government has also failed to check the spread of coronavirus in the state. ..

“The Telangana Chief Minister is the modern Kumbharkana. He is in deep sleep when his state is severely hit by the pandemic. The Telangana High Court expressed its displeasure and anguish over the pandemic situation in the state. Several times, the court had warned Telangana to get its act together. But the court observations failed to wake up the Chief Minister who like Kumbhakarna is in deep sleep,” Nadda took potshots.

He alleged that Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government was corrupt. The BJP president levelled serious allegations against the Chief Minister stating that the Kaleshwaram project cost escalated phenomenally for the sake of commissions and kickbacks. “The initial estimation for completion of Kaleshwaram project was Rs 45,000 crore. This was escalated to Rs 85,000 crore. Why? It is because of commissions and kickbacks,” Nadda charged.
Further, Nadda stated that the Telangana government has failed to implement Ayushman Bharat in the state due to which at least 98 lakh people could not benefit from the national insurance progamme.

The BJP president also criticised the Telangana government that it had failed to create jobs and employment in the state. “KCR made tall promises that he will create one lakh jobs if Telangana gets separate statehood. How many jobs did the Telangana government create,” he questioned.

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After water, Jagan-KCR in ‘power’ tussle

After entering into a legal battle over water sharing, the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments are now flexing muscle over electricity sharing. In a fresh row, the Andhra Pradesh government has entered into a tussle over ‘power’.

The Jagan government is putting up a fierce opposition to Telangana Genco’s attempts to generate extra power from major hydel reservoirs of Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar on the Krishna river.

The AP government complained to the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) that TSGenco was generating power against the agreed ratio of 50:50 for the year 2020-21.

Following this, KRMB wrote a letter to the ministry of Jal Shakti with an appeal to direct the TSGenco to stop further drawls of water from Srisailam project for power generation and following the agreed protocol ratio of 50:50 for the year 2020-21.

With Telengana government firm on generating power in spite of objections by AP, the latter has knocked at ministry of Jal Shakti and the Krishna River Water Management Board to resolve the issue.

The AP government’s bone of contention is that the generation of power at the Srisailam would drain out water from the reservoir as it is necessary to maintain water level at a minimum draw down level to supply drinking water to the Rayalaseema region.

Already, both the states have locked their horns over water sharing from Srisailam reservoir. The Telangana Irrigation Department had urged the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) to prevent the Andhra Pradesh government from taking up any further action with regard to GO 203, issued on May 5 to divert 8 tmcft water from Srisailam to Rayalaseema.

Further, the Telangana government had moved the Supreme Court with an appeal to direct AP to halt the tender process for the irrigation project in violation APRA and the instructions of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB).

The Andhra Pradesh government had proposed for construction of Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme, expansion of Pothireddypadu project and also increasing the capacity of the Srisailam Right Bank Canal under GO 203 issued in May this year.

Tenders for the works had already been called for. On its part, the Telangana government objected to the GO 203 stating that it is violative of the AP Reorganisation Act and sought stay orders against the GO. KRMB had also sent a letter to Andhra Pradesh special chief secretary for water resources development stating that even calling for tenders for work on the Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme would violate the APRA.

The water and power sharing between the two states has caused a strain on the bonhomie that chief minsiters K Chandrasekhar Rao and Jaganmohan Reddy. It remains to be seen how the two CMs will resolve the water and power issues between the two states in the days to come.

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KCR govt cracks whip on private hospitals for overcharging Covid-19 patients

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The KCR government has started cracking its whip on private hospitals overcharging Covid-19 patients in violation of its order capping the cost of treatment for such patients.

On Monday, the Telangana government issued a notice banning Deccan Hospital from admitting New patients on complaints that the hospital was fleecing Covid-19 patients. The government found that the hospital was charging lakhs of rupees to treat patients infected by the deadly corona virus.

The government had passed an order capping the charges on the private hospitals, including corporate hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. The chargez cannot exceed Rs 4,000 per day in normal wards (including isolation), Rs 7,500 in Intensive Care Units (ICU) without ventilator and Rs 9,000 with ventilator support. The charges include monitoring (of patient) and investigations like CBC, urine routine, anti-HIV, ultrasound, ECG, 2D Echo, X-ray etc, apart from drugs, consultations, bed charges, meals and procedures like urinary tract catheterisation among others.

COVID-19 testing – to be done as per actual cost fixed by the state government at Rs 2,200.

Chief secretary Somesh Kumar had warned of serious action against any lab or diagnostic centre or any private hospital found exploiting people or patients by over-charging or levying extra charges.

Deccan Hospital is the first hospital in the state to be blacklisted. Earlier, the High Court had served notices to four private corporate hospitals including Medicover hospital, Yashoda Super Speciality hospital, Sunshine Hospital and Care Hospital in Hyderabad over allegations of excessive charges. The move to blacklist the hospital serves as a warning to erring corporate hospitals for overcharging Covid-19 patients.

The overcharging by corporate hospitals has led to severe distress among families approaching private corporate hospitals in Telangana for coronavirus treatment.

The exploitation comes at a time the number of Covid-19 positive cases have been rising in the state with nearly 90% of cases being reported in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

The Telangana government was not inclined to give permissions to corporate hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 patients on the grounds that they will fleece patients, the High Court directed the government to allow private hospitals to treat coronavirus patients.

IT minister K T Rama Rao recently expressed deep anguish over complaints of overcharging Covid-19 patients by corporate hospitals.

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‘T’ Cabinet meeting on August 5 to discuss corona, secretariat

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The KCR government will be holding a crucial Cabinet meeting at Pragathi Bhavan on August 5 to discuss a host of issues.

Among the key issues, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is likely to review with his Cabinet colleagues the demolition of old Secretariat and construction of new Secretariat building.

The Cabinet meeting at Pragati Bhavan will also discuss the rapidly surging number of coronavirus cases, measures to curtail the further spread of the infections in the state and ramping up of testing among others.

The Chief Minister is also likely to take up the water-sharing dispute with Andhra Pradesh. At a recent high-level meeting, KCR had vowed to protect the rights of Telangana in the Godavari, Krishna rivers water-sharing. The Chief Minister asserted that the state government will not let give up its rights over water-sharing and that he will not compromise even a single drop of water.

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You have no respect for courts: HC to KCR govt over Covid-19

The Telangana High Court once again fumed at the KCR government for its failure to put all the facts before it on the COVID-19 situation in the state and the steps initiated to combat the pandemic.

Hearing a batch of petitions, the High Court on Monday pulled up the government for dishonouring its orders since June 8. The court expressed deep anguish and displeasure over the government’s irresponsible and reckless attitude in not disclosing and placing the facts before it.

The court observed that since June 8 the state government has consistently disobeyed its orders on giving information on the availability of beds, ventilators, oxygen facilities in the government and private COVID-19 designated hospitals.

The court also observed that the government lacked transparency in releasing medical health bulletins. The court observed that the government lacked transparency in releasing Covid-19 bulletins. It asked the AG if the government was fudging Covid-19 figures.

The court also noted that the government has little respect for the judiciary. Despite its orders since June 8, the government had failed to implement the same. The court had earlier directed the state chief secretary and principal secretaries of the medical, health and municipal administration departments to appear before it on July 28.

The court questioned AG B S Prasad to submit a counter-affidavit on why the government had failed to implement a series of its orders, including release of Covid-19 bulletins, lack of medical gear for the frontline warriors and low testing.

The court had directed the government to inform the court as to how many PPE kits, N-95 masks and gloves were so far given to the doctors, nurses and paramedical staff involved in treating Coronavirus-affected people.

The court had also questioned the state government on how many tests were conducted and how many samples were taken during a month’s period between May 23 to June 23.

The court also sought a report from the government on the measures being initiated in Hyderabad where the number of containment zones is high. The court had directed the government to submit a report on the testing facilities and the gamut of measures the government had initiated to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

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