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Invoke PD Act against those selling spurious seeds, says KCR from Pragathi Bhavan

Hours after moving back to Pragathi Bhavan from his Gajwel farm house on Saturday, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao held a high-level meeting with agriculture officials to discuss a host of issues including the Rythu Bandhu scheme.

With spurious seeds issue becoming a menace to the farming community, the chief minister asked the officials concerned to take stringent measures to keep a tight rein on those selling spurious seeds.

He expressed displeasure over the reports that spurious seeds were being sold in several districts especially in Nalgonda, Warangal and Khammam. He directed the officials concerned to invoke the provisions of Preventive Detention (PD) Act against the suppliers and sellers of spurious seeds in the state.

Minister for Agriculture S Niranjan Reddy, Rythu Bandhu Samithi chairman P Rajeshwar Reddy, Secretary (Agriculture) B. Janardhan Reddy, several top level agricultural officials and functionaries of Seed Development Corporations are learnt have taken part in the meeting.

This is the first meeting KCR held with officials at Pragathi Bhavan, fourteen days after he moved to his Gajwel farm house after 30 employees at his official residence were tested Covid-19 positive.

KCR had made his last public appearance at PV Ghat on Neckalace Road on June 28 where he had announced former PM PV Narasimha Rao centenary celebrations.
The CM had not been active in public programmes or daily press briefings since, triggering speculations over his health condition.

Doubts were raised about KCR’s health after his colleagues tested positive for the infection, including Home Minister Mahamood Ali and three legislators. State Congress leaders Uttam Kumar Reddy and Jeevan Reddy had raised doubts over the health of the Chief Minister and accused KCR of “hiding” in his farm house at a time the state was going through severe financial and health crisis due to the pandemic.

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KCR moves back to Pragathi Bhavan

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Putting speculations over his health condition to rest, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has finally moved to his official residence Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday.

The social media was abuzz with the mysterious disappearance of the CM after 30 employees of Pragathi Bhavan were tested positive for Covid-19. There were reports that the CM had moved to his farm house in Gajwel along with his family members.

Doubts were raised about KCR’s health after his colleagues tested positive for the infection, including Home Minister Mahamood Ali and three legislators.

State Congress leaders Uttam Kumar Reddy and Jeevan Reddy had raised doubts over the health of the Chief Minister and accused KCR of “hiding” in his farm house at a time the state was going through severe financial and health crisis due to the pandemic.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president and Malkajgiri MLA Revanth Reddy took to his Twitter handle demanding that the health ministry release a bulletin on the health condition of KCR.

The CM made his last public appearance at PV Ghat on Neckalace Road on June 28 where he had announced former PM PV Narasimha Rao centenary celebrations. However, KCR had not been active in public programmes or daily press briefings.

A petitioner moved the Telangana High Court seeking to know the reasons behind the disappearance of KCR. The petitioner, Naveen alias Teenmar Mallanna, had filed a Mandamus writ petition in the Telangana High Court seeking the whereabouts of the Chief Minister.

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KCR promises to build mosque, temple in new Secretariat complex

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In the wake of an uproar over the demolition of two mosques and a temple in the old Secretariat complex, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday announced that the government will construct these in the new Secretariat premises at government expense.

He expressed ‘regret and pain over some inconvenience’ caused to the religious structures due to the demolition work at the old Secretariat complex.

He declared that in the new Secretariat premises, a new temple and mosque would be constructed on a more spacious spots.

“The government has begun to construct the new Secretariat complex by demolishing the old buildings. I came to know that while demolishing the multistoreyed old buildings, the temple and mosque adjacent to the old buildings were damaged due to debris falling on them. I feel sorry about the incident. It should not have happened. The government’s intention is to build a new complex by demolishing the old buildings without causing any damage to the temple or the mosque,” he said in a statement.

“We will construct a temple and a mosque in the new Secretariat premises in a more spacious way even if it means spending crores of rupees. We will construct the temple and mosque at government cost and hand them over to the people concerned. I will have a meeting with the temple and mosque managements very soon. After discussing with them, along with the new Secretariat, places of worship will also be constructed. This is my promise,” he added.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, maintained that his government remained secular.

“Telangana is a secular state. We will continue to follow the secular spirit, come what may. This incident happened unexpectedly. Everyone should understand this properly without prejudice,” the CM said.

KCR’s statement came after Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi and several religious scholars and leaders of various Muslim organizations issued a joint statement to condemn the demolition of two mosques in the Secretariat premises and demanded their immediate reconstruction at the same spot.

They said the incident had shaken the confidence of Muslims in KCR, who have been projecting himself as a secular leader. The Muslim leaders also warned that if the government failed to take steps for early reconstruction of the mosques, the Muslims would be forced to launch a protest.

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Why is Telangana govt silent on KCR’s health condition?

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Coronavirus infections among TRS senior leaders and the mysterious disappearance of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has raised questions over the extent of an outbreak that has become a flashpoint in the spread of the virus in the state.

The Telangana government which claims to be transparent has been anything but transparent. What happened to KCR? Why is the Telangana government, health minister Eetala Rajender silent on the growing noises of the Opposition parties about KCR’s mysterious disappearance?

The Twitter active K T Rama Rao, IT minister and KCR’s son, who is known for transparency too is silent on his father and CM’s health condition. Why is Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar silent? Why is the Special Chief Secretary (Health, Medical and Family Welfare) silent?

The Chief Minister’s disappearance comes in the wake of a growing number of his colleagues tested positive for the infection, including Home Minister Mahamood Ali and three legislators. The KCR government drew flak on the most crucial aspect in handling this pandemic — testing.

State Congress leaders Uttam Kumar Reddy and Jeevan Reddy had raised doubts over the health of the Chief Minister and accused KCR of “hiding” in his farm house at a time the state was going through severe financial and health crisis due to the pandemic.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president and Malkajgiri MLA Revanth Reddy took to his Twitter handle demanding that the health ministry release a bulletin on the health condition of KCR. State BJP and CPI leaders too sought to know the reason behind the mysterious disappearance of the Chief Minister after announcing the PV Narasimha Rao centenary celebrations at a function at PV Ghat on the Necklace Road on June 28. However, KCR had not been active in public programmes or daily press briefings.

A petitioner moved the Telangana High Court seeking to know the reasons behind the disappearance of KCR. The petitioner, Naveen alias Teenmar Mallanna, had filed a Mandamus writ petition in the Telangana High Court seeking the whereabouts of the Chief Minister. The petitioner sought to know through the court the health condition of the CM

Instead of giving a clarification on KCR’s health condition. The TRS ministers and MLAs are resorting to counter-attacks on the Opposition parties.

“Why are the Opposition parties worried about KCR? What is the loss for the Opposition parties if the chief minister is not in action? Did the administration come to halt with the absence of the Chief Minister? Have the welfare schemes stopped with his absence? Some useless opposition leaders are unnecessarily raising a non-issue,” Tourism and cinematography minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav Animal Husbandry slammed.

His Cabinet colleague Srinivas Goud too deflected from the core issue – where is KCR? “How does it matter to anyone where KCR is? Did we stop any programme or welfare scheme? KCR’s heart is robust. No one should have worries over his health. His farm house is pretty much in Telangana and not in Amaravati. He is discharging his duties from the Telangana soil only,” he said while brushing aside doubts over KCR’s health condition.

It is not just KCR’s health, the Telangana government did not exhibit transparency on several fronts in dealing with the pandemic. Right from the beginning, the government had tried to hide the real Covid data. The gaps in governance became too apparent. Patients in critical conditions have complained of lack of ventilators, oxygen, adequate beds in government hospitals. The exploding Covid situation in Telangana has exposed everything that is wrong with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. That Telangana initially mismanaged COVID-19 outbreak seems clear. The government had failed in pandemic preparedness from low testing to not expanding the health infrastructure.

The KCR government’s hollow claims of pandemic preparedness by promising a robust health infrastructure were thoroughly exposed. KCR had assured that his government was ready to tackle even one lakh infection cases. The High Court had pulled up the Telangana government for shortage of PPE kits, N95 masks to frontline warriors. Telangana Governor Dr Tamilsai Soundarajan had persistently been saying that the state government should immediately step up testing and adopt newer strategies to counter the spread of the coronavirus.

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Did administration come to a halt with KCR’s absence, asks Talasani

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Tourism and cinematography minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav Animal Husbandry fired at the Opposition parties for raising doubts over the health condition of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

“Why are the Opposition parties worried about KCR? What is the loss for the Opposition parties if the chief minister is not in action? Did the administration come to halt with the absence of the Chief Minister? Have the welfare schemes stopped with his absence? Some useless opposition leaders are unnecessarily raising a non-issue,” Talasani slammed while stating that reimposing lockdown in Hyderabad will be of little help. Perhaps, taking a cue from AP Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, Talasani said the coronavirus “comes and goes” citing the examples of Home Minister Mahamood Ali, deputy speaker Padmarao and Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao who recovered after contracting the virus.

He said the Opposition leaders were simply wasting their time in worrying over the health condition of the Chief Minister. Without naming any Opposition leaders, he took potshots at them for raising doubts over KCR’s health.

Earlier, State Congress leaders Uttam Kumar Reddy and Jeevan Reddy had raised doubts over the health of the Chief Minister and accused KCR of “hiding” in his farm house at a time the state was going through severe financial and health crisis due to the pandemic. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president and Malkajgiri MLA Revanth Reddy took to his Twitter handle demanding that the health ministry release a bulletin on the health condition of KCR. State BJP and CPI leaders too sought to know the reason behind the mysterious disappearance of the Chief Minister after announcing the PV Narasimha Rao centenary celebrations at a function at PV Ghat on the Necklace Road on June 28. However, KCR had not been active in public programmes or daily press briefings.

On Wednesday, a petitioner moved the Telangana High Court seeking to know the reasons behind the absence of KCR. The petitioner, Naveen alias Teenmar Mallanna, had filed a Mandamus petition in the Telangana High Court expressing concern over the health of the Chief Minister. The petitioner sought to know through the court the health condition of the CM.

In his petition, Naveen stated that more than 30 employees of Pragathi Bhavan, including security personnel and outsourcing staff, contracted the virus over the last two weeks. Further, the petitioner cited that social media was abuzz with the news that the Chief Minister had moved to his Gajwel farm house along with his family members after Covid-19 entered his official residence ‘Pragathi Bhavan’. The petitioner also pointed out that the Chief Minister had failed to discharge his duties ever since he had left Pragathi Bhavan. Further, he contended that officials of various departments too are shying away from their duties taking advantage of the Chief Minister’s absence.

Concerns over the health of the chief minister were being raised with some of his colleagues contracting the virus. The state had been reporting more than 1,500 cases each day. The pandemic has entered all the government offices and several employees were tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the government to shut the government offices. Even legislators had contracted the virus. Telangana Home minister Mahamood Ali was tested positive for Covid-19 although he was discharged from a private hospital after he recovered. Three MLAs, including Jagan legislator Muthireddy Yadagiri Reddy, Nizamabad Rural and Urban MLAs Bajireddy Govardhan and Ganesh Gupta were tested positive for coronavirus.

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KCR is the highest paid CM, draws a salary of….

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is the highest paid Chief Minister in the country. This revelation comes at a time when the state is reeling under economic crisis due to the corona imposed lockdown.

KCR is the highest paid Chief Minister of India with a salary of Rs 4.10 lakh per month. His Andhra Pradesh counterpart Jagan Mohan Reddy draws a salary of Rs 3.35 lakh, fifth highest paid CM. The second highest paid CM is Delhi’s Arvind Kejirwal (Rs 4 lakh), followed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (Rs 3.65 lakh) and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray (Rs 3.40 lakh), Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani (Rs 3.21 lakh).

Chief Ministers from the North-Eastern States draw the lowest salary.

Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio draws a measly salary of Rs 1.10 lakh, the lowest paid CM in the country followed by Manipur CM Biren Singh who gets Rs 1.20 lakh. While Meghalaya CM Congrad Sagma gets a salary of Rs 1.50 lakh, Assam Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam Pema Khandu and Sarbananda Sonowal draw a salary of Rs 1.30 lakh and 1.25 lakh respectively.

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Mandamus petition filed in Telangana HC over KCR’s health

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Doubts are being raised over the health condition of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar after several employees of Pragathi Bhavan, the official residence of KCR, were tested positive for coronavirus.

On Wednesday, a Mandamus petition was filed in the Telangana High Court expressing concern over the health of the Chief Minister. The petitioner, Naveen alias Mass Mallanna, sought to know through the court the health condition of the CM.

In his petition, Naveen stated that more than 30 employees of Pragathi Bhavan, including security personnel and outsourcing staff, contracted the virus over the last two weeks. Further, the petitioner cited that social media was abuzz with the news that the Chief Minister had moved to his Gajwel farm house along with his family members after Covid-19 entered his official residence ‘Pragathi Bhavan’. The petitioner also pointed out that the Chief Minister had failed to discharge his duties ever since he had left Pragathi Bhavan. Further, he contended that officials of various departments too are shying away from their duties taking advantage of the Chief Minister’s absence.

The petitioner stated that the Chief Minister worked relentlessly to contain the spread of the pandemic in Telangana. He was active in holding daily press briefings over the Covid-19 situation in the state. Further, on June 28, the Chief Minister held a high-level review meeting on the PV Centenary celebrations at Pragathi Bhavan. The CM had also announced that Telangana will observe year-long centenary celebrations of former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao.

Calling K Chandrasekhar Rao as the champion of Telangana state cause, the petitioner stated that the Chief Minister’s health is a cause for worry for the people of Telangana. “The people of Telangana are worried over the health of the Chief Minister. It is the right of the people of Telangana to know the health condition of their beloved Chief Minister.

Citing all these factors, the petitioner filed a Mandamus petition. A Mandamus petition is a court order issued by a judge at a petitioner’s request compelling someone to execute a duty that they are legally obligated to complete.

Earlier, Congress leader Revanth Reddy had also raised doubts over the health of the Chief Minister and accused KCR of “hiding” in his farm house at a time the state was going through severe financial and health crisis due to the pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has shown no signs of letting up in Telangana which has witnessed an alarming rise in the number of positive cases. The state had been reporting more than 1,500 cases each day. The pandemic has entered all the government offices and several employees were tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the government to shut the government offices.

Even legislators had contracted the virus. Telangana Home minister Mahamood Ali was tested positive for Covid-19 although he was discharged from a private hospital after he recovered. Three MLAs, including Jagan legislator Muthireddy Yadagiri Reddy, Nizamabad Rural and Urban MLAs Bajireddy Govardhan and Ganesh Gupta were tested positive for coronavirus

The Mandamus petition assumes significance in this backdrop.

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KCR Biopic plans back on track

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Several filmmakers had plans to make a film on the life story of legendary Telangana politician and Chief Minister KCR. Some of them even announced but somehow the plans did not materialize. Producer and director Madhura Sreedhar announced some time ago that he would make the film soon. Madhura Sreedhar responded about the biopic of KCR now. He said that the entire script work of the project is completed.

“We are working on the biopic for some time. The script part of the film is ready. KCR is now a national leader and hence we are in plans to make the film as a pan Indian project. We are in the hunt for the right actor who can reprise him on screen. The film is planned to be made on a budget of Rs 20 crores and we are currently pooling the budget for this prestigious project” said Madhura Sreedhar. An official announcement about the project will be made very soon.

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Corona in Pragathi Bhavan. KCR moves to Gajwel House?

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The coronavirus pandemic shows little signs of letting up in Telangana. The deadly infection, which has killed millions of people across the world, has now entered Pragathi Bhavan – the official residence of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Although the government did not release official communication, it is learnt that at least 20 employees working in Pragathi Bhavan, including security personnel and outsourcing staff, contracted the virus in the last one week. With Covid-19 entering Pragathi Bhavan, it is learnt that the Chief Minister has moved to his Gajwel house along with his family members a week ago.

All the government offices and employees have been affected by the pandemic. Covid-19 has hit the BRKR Bhavan which houses the GHMC office with more than six employees tested positive for the infection. Metro Rail Bhavan employees too were tested positive for Covid-19 following which the offices were sanitized.

The growing cases of employees in government offices testing positive for coronavirus has come as a serious concern for the government. The KCR government had directed all the government offices to function on a rotational basis starting June 22 till July 4 with 50 per cent staff. The working strength of all government offices was kept at a maximum of 50 per cent amid a spike in the corona cases. The decision was taken as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 among government employees.

Earlier, Telangana Home minister Mahamood Ali was also tested positive for covid-19. Mahmood Ali is known asthmatic. Three MLAs including Jagan legislator Muthireddy Yadagiri Reddy, Nizamabad Rural and Urban MLAs Bajireddy Govardhan and Ganesh Gupta were tested positive for coronavirus.

The state has been reporting a three digit spike in the number of cases each day. With alarming rise in corona cases. On Thursday, Telangana had reported 1,213 new COVID-19 cases. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state climbed up to 18,570. There is speculation that the TRS government is likely to reimpose lockdown although some ministers in the KCR Cabinet seem to be against the idea.

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Muslim groups urge KCR to scrap Narasimha Rao centenary events

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An umbrella group of various Muslim organisations in Telangana has appealed to the state government to withdraw its decision to celebrate birth centenary celebrations of former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao, saying the move has hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community.

United Muslim Forum (UMF) said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s move to organise year-long programmes to celebrate the centenary had hurt the sentiments of those sections of people who believe in secularism, and especially Muslims.

UMF is headed by Moulana Raheemduddin Ansari, who is the chairman of Telangana Urdu Academy, a government body.

The group is close to All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), a friendly party of Chandrashekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Though AIMIM is also part of UMF, the statement issued by the body did not carry the name of any party leader. The clerics and other prominent people who issued the statement are considered close to AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi.

AIMIM’s critics have questioned Owaisi’s silence over the centenary celebrations launched by KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, on Sunday.

The Hyderabad MP has friendly ties with KCR and has been great supporter of the latter’s secular outlook. Owaisi’s party, UMF and other Muslim groups backed TRS in 2018 Assembly elections and the last year’s Lok Sabha polls.

UMF pointed out that it was during Narasimha Rao’s regime that Babri Masjid was demolished, causing huge damage to the country’s secular fabric. “Narasimha Rao while being in Congress implemented the agenda of Sangh Parivar,” it said and reminded KCR that hundreds of Muslims were killed in the post-demolition riots and Muslims youth were jailed under black laws like TADA and tortured.

UMF said KCR’s sympathies with Narasimha Rao and the move to organize centenary celebrations created unease among the secular forces, especially minorities.

The Muslim leaders advised the Chief Minister to cancel Narasimha Rao’s centenary celebrations and instead focus on containing spread of Covid-19 in the state.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami has also opposed the TRS government’s move to organise centenary celebrations and termed this as a burden on public exchequer and waste of time.

Jamaat’s Telangana unit chief Mohammed Hamed Khan said at a time when Covid-19 was spreading fast and people were worried over lack of proper healthcare facilities and infrastructure, the TRS government was wasting public money, time and energy on birth centenary celebrations of Narasimha Rao.

Khan reminded KCR that it was during Narasimha Rao’s rule that India witnessed the greatest tragedy of demolition of Bbari Masjid. He told the Chief Minister that centenary celebrations would reopen the wounds of Muslims. He also pointed out that it was due to Narasimha Rao’s condemnable actions that his own party Congress dumped him.

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KCR govt gets HC green signal to demolish Secretariat

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In a big victory to the Telangana government, the High Court on Monday gave its stamp of approval to demolish the existing Secretariat building at Saifabad.
After protracted hearings lasting more than a year, the High Court gave a green signal to the KCR government to demolish the Secretariat building.

The High Court was hearing petitions filed by Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) vice-president Professor PL Vishweswar Rao and Congress MP Revanth Reddy who had argued that the state government was bent on wasting public money for the construction of new Secretariat when the existing building was structurally sound.

On its part, the Telangana government contended that there was an urgent need for the construction of a new Secretariat considering the growth of the city and the State. The existing Secretariat and assembly buildings have become congested and outlived their utility, the government had contended. Further, the government had informed the court that the new Secretariat would be built at a cost of nearly Rs 400 crore. Further, it had argued that the petitions were ‘politically motivated’.

Earlier, a division bench of the HC, issued an interim order asking the defence ministry to put in place the official procedures in transfer of around 55-acres Bison Polo land, adjacent to Secunderabad Parade grounds.

In 2019, the KCR government announced plans to build a new Secretariat complex with ultramodern facilities, and a perfect Vaastu, in the Bison Polo grounds at Secunderabad. The state government had announced that it would demolish the existing one at Saifabad, along with a new Assembly building. An expert technical committee and a Cabinet sub-committee had also looked into the issue last year and recommended the same.

KCR ran his administration and also held his Cabinet meetings from his official-cum-residential complex Pragathi Bhavan in Begumpet and had never worked from the existing Secretariat as he had felt something was wrong with its Vaastu. The KCR government’s move to construct a new Secertairt at the Bison Polo Grounds triggered wide-spread protests. Thousands of citizens in Hyderabad and Secunderabad vehementanly opposed the move as construction of new Secretariat will rob the citizens of their lung space and also lead to traffic bottlenecks.

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Telangana CM launches 6th phase of plantation drive

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao launched the sixth phase of ‘Haritha Haram’, billed as one of the world’s largest plantation drive, by planting saplings at eco-park at Narsapur in Medak district on Thursday.

He also formally opened the urban forest, developed over 630 acres as part of the rejuvenation of Narsapur forest. Forest Minister A. Indrakaran Reddy, Finance Minister T. Harish Rao and senior officials attended the programme.

The Forest Minister said about 30 crore saplings would be planted during the sixth phase of Haritha Haram. The Medak district administration is planning to plant 50 lakh saplings.

Increasing the green cover to 33 per cent and achieving green Telangana are the objectives of Haritha Haram, started in 2015.

During the drive, forest, panchayati raj and rural development, municipal administration and other departments plant saplings across the state every year.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, has asked officials to adopt the Yadadri model, which was based on the Miyawaki method of growing thick forests.

He asked them to set up plant nursery at every 30 km on all state and national highways and continue the plantation programme on their sides.

Municipal Administration Minister K.T. Rama Rao launched the sixth phase of Haritha Haram in Hyderabad. As part of the programme, the government had developed urban lung spaces across the state, he said.

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KCR govt decides to pay full salaries and pensions

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Fearing a backlash from the government employees, the Telangana government has decided to pay full salaries and pensions to the government employees. A decision to this effect was taken by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday.

The decision also follows the Telanagana High Court taking a serious view on the government’s decision to slash salaries and pensions of employees.

A petition was filed by retired DIFO Raman Goud who argued that the ordinance was illegal and against the spirit of the Constitution. Hearing the petition, the Telangana High Court had issued notices to the KCR government.
On June 16, the Telangana High Court termed slashing of pensions by 50% and salaries by 75% illegal. The Telangana High Court had earlier directed the state government to file an affidavit and questioned the government’s rationale behind slashing the salaries and pensions.

The HC had observed that the Telangana government’s orders were not backed by any provision of the law. Following this, the Telangana government on June 17 promulgated an ordinance to defer payment of salaries and pensions to the government employees in view of dwindling revenues due to the corona imposed lockdown.

In a tearing hurry, the KCR government had promulgated the Telangana Disaster and Public Health Emergency (Special Provisions) Ordinance 2020 that enables it to defer payments of monthly salaries, pension or remuneration to employees, pensioners. The ordinance was approved by Governor Tamilsai Soundarajan. As per the ordinance, the government can put off the payments of salaries and pensions to 50 per cent.

The Ordinance was promulgated after the state government employees and pensioners associations filed a petition in the High Court against the deferment of salaries and pensions. The ordinance will be applicable to all the institutions and statutory bodies that are being controlled by the state government such as universities, colleges, schools and other government institutions. As per the ordinance, the deferred amount should be payable in six months from the date of deferment.

In May, the government has decided to cut the salary of the Chief Minister, Ministers, MLAs and MLCs by 75 per cent. Similarly, it had cut the salaries of IAS, IPS and IFS officers by 60 per cent due to loss of revenue to the government in the light of the complete lockdown declared to contain the spread of corona virus. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had claimed that the Telangana government had lost around Rs 12,000 crore revenue due to the complete lockdown declared to contain the spread of corona virus.

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KCR hands over Rs 5 crore cheque to Santosh Babu’s family

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday handed over Rs 5 crore compensation cheque, the highest ex-gratia announced by any state government, to the family of martyred Colonel-rank officer Santosh Babu who was among the 20 Army personnel martyred in the Chinese aggression in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

The Telangana CM also handed over documents of a house plot in Shaikpet measuring 570 square yards to the family members of Santosh Babu. Separately, KCR also handed over a letter appointing Santosh Babu’s wife Santoshini as Group I officer in Telangana government.

The Telangana Chief Minister also paid floral tributes to the martyred Colonel-rank officer Santosh Babu and consoled the family members at their residence in Suryapet..

KCR was accompanied by energy minister Guntakandla Jagadish Reddy and Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar. KCR travelled by road from Hyderabad and reached Suryapet at around 4 pm. Ahead of the CM KCR visit, minister Jagadish Reddy had already met the family members of the Santosh Babu and informed them about the CM’s visit to their home.

Colonel Santosh Babu, a commanding Officer of the Bihar Regiment manning the LAC at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, was among 20 soldiers martyred in a hand-to-hand combat with the Chinese troops last week.

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Jagan uses KCR’s master plans to protect his CM chair?

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In his first term as CM, K Chandrasekhara Rao gave priority to political families and seniors. He even used backdoor methods to lure powerful leaders from opposition parties there. But, in his second term now, KCR changed his strategy totally and started ignoring or sidelining all seniors in order to ensure smooth transmission to pass on his CM chair legacy to his son KT Rama Rao. This is what is being implemented in a more aggressive way by AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy in his very first term, says ABN Radha Krishna in his latest Kothapaludu weekend comment. What more, Jagan Reddy is making a series of guerrilla attacks with a ruthless force on Opposition leaders especially TDP.

As is well known, Jagan Reddy and his coterie has kept an iron-like grip over sand, land, liquor and all other sources of easy money all over the state. Long-standing political families, who dominated during Congress regimes, are not allowed to take any benefits. Now, RK says that with a premeditated plan only, Jagan has carefully crippled the power of political families like Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, Bhumana Karunakar Reddy, Dharmana Prasada Rao, etc. Botcha Satyanarayana was spared just because his services were required to eliminate power of Ashok Gajapathiraju family in North Andhra and especially Visakhapatnam financial and power politics. Whatever, Jagan is duly following KCR mantra which is to remove all those who may become potential challengers to the CM chair anytime in future.
RK says that in his eagerness to stay in power for long, Jagan is solidifying his vote banks in all sections but not at all trusting Kammas and Kapus and political families because of their ambitions for power. In this, the CM is going to extreme lengths obviously.

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KCR announces Rs 5 crore compensation, Group I job to Santosh Babu’s family

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao on Friday announced Rs 5 crore cash compensation to the family of Colonel-rank officer Santosh Babu who was among the 20 Army personnel martyred in the Chinese aggression in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

Apart from Rs 5 crore cash compensation, the Telangana government announced a house plot and a Group I job to Santosh Babu’s wife. This is the biggest compensation announced by any state government. Although nothing can compensate for the supreme sacrifice of the Indian Army personnel who laid down their lives guarding our borders or the loss of the bereaved family, the Telangana government’s gesture is laudable.

Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday announced ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore, a house/plot and a government job to one family member of Naik Deepak Kumar from Rewa, who was martyred in face-off with China in Galwan valley. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had announced compensation of Rs 36 lakh each to the families of five martyred jawans. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik had announced ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh each from CM Relief Fund to the two jawans of his state who were martyred. Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palanisami announced Rs 20 lakh to the family of a jawan who was martyred . Punjab CM Amarinder Singh announced ex-gratia of Rs 10-12 lakhs and a government job to the families of the four jawans martyred from his state, while West Bengal Chief Minister on Wednesday had announced Rs 5 lakh and a government job to one member of the families of two Jawans martyred from West Bengal.

In the first combat deaths in the Galwan Valley of eastern Ladakh in 45 years since 1975, Colonel-rank Army officer Santosh Babu and 19 jawans were martyred in hand-to-hand combat with the Chinese troops on the Indo-China border. The mortal remains of Santosh Babu was recently cremated with military honours. The Colonel-rank Army officer hails from Telangana’s Suryapet. Santosh belongs to the 16th Battalion of Bihar. He has posted at the Indo-China border for more than two years. He was to be transferred to Hyderabad, but had to remain in Ladakh due to a corona imposed lockdown. He is survived by his wife, nine-year-old daughter Abhigna and four-year-old son Anirudh.

Santosh Babu is son of Upender and Manjula couple. Upender is a retired State Bank of India employee.

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Jagan, KCR, Naidu to attend all-party meet on Indo-China face-off

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is yet to pledge his government’s support to the central government, will attend an all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss the escalation of tensions with China following the killing of 20 Indian Army personnel in clashes at Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

Jagan’s Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhara Rao, former chief minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam from AIADMK, M K Stalin from DMK, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, BJP president J P Nadda, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP’s Sharad Pawar, JDU’s Nitish Kumar, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, CPI’s D Raja, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury and several other important leaders will attend the video-conference.

In the video-conference addressed by Modi on the corona situation in the country, the Telangana CM had already pledged in no uncertain terms his support to the Modi government stating that internal security should not be compromised at any cost. “This is the time when everyone should be united and speak in one voice. No one should politicise the issue. We should give a befitting reply to any country that questions the sovereignty and integrity of India,” KCR had told the Prime Minister.

Jagan had passed a condolence resolution in the Assembly and observed a two-minute silence with his colleagues as a mark of respect to the martyred soldiers. “I am deeply distressed after hearing the news of the attack on our soldiers. I read in the newspapers that 20 jawans were killed, including Santosh Babu from Suryapet. The sacrifice of Colonel Santosh Babu will forever be remembered by the Telugu people. I express deep condolences to the bereaved families,” he had told the Assembly while passing the condolence resolution. However, unlike his Telangana counterpart, Jagan did not issue any official statement pledging his government’s support to the Modi government.

On his part, former CM Chandrababu Naidu had expressed his party’s solidarity to the central government. At a recent TDLP video-conference, Naidu had paid tribute to the 20 Army personnel who laid down their lives in hand-to-hand combat with the Chinese troops. The TDLP condemned China for its provocative bid to ingress into the Indian territory.

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KCR pledges support to PM on national security

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao on Wednesday expressed his deep anguish over the killing of 20 Army personnel on the Indo-China border by the Chinese troops.

Taking part in the video-conference addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Telangana CM pledged his support to the central government stating that internal security should not be compromised at any cost. “This is the time when everyone should be united and speak in one voice. No one should politicise the issue. We should give a befitting reply to any country that questions the sovereignty and integrity of India,” KCR told the Prime Minister. The PM and all the CMs observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the martyred soldiers

Before addressing the video-conference on the corona situation in India, the PM asserted that the sacrifices made by the soldiers will not go in vain. “I am deeply distressed after the news of the attack on our brave soldiers. We will not allow the sacrifices of our soldiers to go waste. India does not want any disputes. We will retaliate if provoked. Our restraint should not be seen as weakness. India’s sovereignty is supreme and will not tolerate any intrusion,” the PM said in a stern warning to China.

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‘T’ brings ordinance to defer payment of salaries, pensions

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The Telangana government on Thursday promulgated an ordinance to defer payment of salaries and pensions to the government employees even as the case will be heard in the High Court on June 17.

The KCR government had promulgated the Telangana Disaster and Public Health Emergency (Special Provisions) Ordinance 2020 that enables it to defer payments of monthly salaries, pension or remuneration to employees, pensioners. The government can put off the payments of salaries and pensions to 50 per cent as per the ordinance.

It may be noted that the KCR government had slashed salaries of the government employees by 50% and pensions by 75% after the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed in March last week. The Ordinance was promulgated after the state government employees and pensioners associations filed a petition in the High Court against the deferment of salaries and pensions. The Telangana High Court had earlier directed the state government to file an affidavit and questioned the government’s rationale behind slashing the salaries and  pensions.

The ordinance will be applicable to all the institutions and statutory bodies that are being controlled by the state government such as universities, colleges, schools and other government institutions.  As per the ordinance, the deferred amount should be payable in six months from the date of deferment

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Telangana on high alert over possible locust attack

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The Telangana government, here on Wednesday, sounded a high alert in the districts bordering Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh over possible locust attack.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao asked officials in eight districts to be on high alert and take measures to protect the state from locusts.

The locust swarm may enter Bhadrachalam, Charla, Venkatapuram, Vajedu, Peruru, Mangampet, Eturu Naagaram, Chennuru, Vemanapalli, Koutala, Dharmabad, Bodhan, Jukkal, Banswada, Narayankhed and Zaheerabad areas.

The Collectors of Bhadradri-Kothagudem, Mulugu, Mancherial, Adilabad, Nirmal, Asifabad, Nizamabad, Kamareddy and Sangareddy districts have been asked to regularly review the situation and act accordingly.

Locusts have entered the country in three phases. Last month a swarm of locusts came up to Maharashtra and MP but didn’t enter Telangana.

“Locusts are now at Azmi village near Ramtek in Maharashtra, around 200 km from Telangana,” said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office. If the swarm moved southwards, it would reach Telangana in no time, it added.

At a meeting, KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, reviewed the latest information on the location and movement of locusts.

According to experts, locusts may hit the state between June 20 to July 5. “If locusts attack, there will be huge loss as they would eat away the monsoon tender crop,” said an expert.

KCR has set up a special team, led by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, to oversee the measures taken to prevent locusts from entering the state.

Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Janardhan Reddy, Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor Praveen Rao, CIPMC Plant Protection Officer R Sunitha, Agriculture University senior scientist Rahman and others will tour Adilabad for two days and review the situation with the District Collectors.

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