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Will KCR’s lunch in Warangal change political equations?

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Whenever TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao visits Warangal, he stays at his close friend Captain Laxmikantha Rao’s house.

KCR will have breakfast, lunch and dinner at his house. This has been the norm during Telangana statehood agitation days and even after becoming CM of Telangana.

But for the first time KCR is visiting other’s house in Warangal to have lunch today.

He is none other than Kadiyam Srihari, the former deputy CM in KCR cabinet.

Kadiyam was sidelined in TRS and government after KCR became CM for second term in December 2018. He was not taken into cabinet. His MLC term also ended recently.

At this juncture, KCR visiting Kadiyam’s house to have lunch has fuelled debate in TRS circles that good days are back for Kadiyam in TRS and political equations will change in TRS in Warangal district soon.

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IAS officer touches feet of KCR!

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday toured Siddipet district.

He inaugurated new integrated collectorate complex, SP office and MLA camp office.

After inaugurating new collectorate office, KCR took Siddipet district collector Venkataram Reddy to his chair and made him to sit.

Reddy seated for a while and signed few files to mark inauguration of new office.

After getting up from the seat, the collector bowed and touched the feet of KCR and sought his blessings.

Though KCR tried to stop him, the collector touched his feet.

Ministers, Chief secretary and senior officials present there were shocked at collector’s shocking act.

This drew sharp criticism from various quarters that collector mortgaged the self respect of IAS cadre officers at the feet of CM.

Some demanded Centre to initiate against collector for touching feet of CM at official programme.

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Why KCR started ‘water war’ with Jagan all of a sudden?

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao raked up Krishna water dispute with Andhra Pradesh all of a sudden.

In the cabinet meeting held on Saturday, KCR lashed out at Jagan government for taking up Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme on Krishna river and Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme right canal on Tungabhadra river illegally without obtaining any approvals from regulatory agencies concerned.

KCR decided to construct several new projects on Krishna to divert water to Telangana in retaliation for AP constructing illegal projects.

RLIS and Rajolibanda are not taken up by AP today. They are going on for over a year but why KCR is raking up this issue now as if they started yesterday. Political analysts see Sharmila’s angle into this issue.

Sharmila becoming active in Telangana politics and attacking TRS, KCR and his family members and KCR strongly believes that Sharmila has Jagan’s secret blessings to settle in Telangana politics.

To counter this, KCR is raking up Krishna water row to project YSR family as anti Telangana and rake up regional passions again foe his political mileage and check Jagan and Sharmila in Telangana.

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BJP blasts KCR for ‘unlocking’ Telangana at a time!

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The BJP on Saturday lashed out at Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for taking a decision in the cabinet meeting to lift lockdown completely in Telangana at one go from tomorrow (June 20).

The BJP expressed severe concern over KCR’s decision to open all the schools and colleges from July 1.

The BJP said KCR’s decision to lift lockdown totally from June 20 and open all educational institutions from July 1 was in utter disregard of Central government’s guidelines to gradually ease lockdown restrictions in phases.

BJP Telangana chief spokesperson K.Krishna Saagar Rao saiid that CM KCR is gambling with public health in Telangana State with his ‘hasty decisions’.

He said Central government has issued fresh guidelines to all states to be extra careful with unlock process, as the return of Covid-19 infection spike is a real possibility.

BJP is seriously concerned about the state government’s order to open schools for physical learning. The health experts all over the nation are warning of children being highly vulnerable for Covidi-19 infection during the possible third wave.

BJP warned CM KCR to not be reckless, negligent and irresponsible with his decisions regarding Covid-19, as the return of the spike is a real possibility.

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KCR’s emergency cabinet meeting raises political heat!

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has convened an emergency meeting of State Cabinet on Saturday (tomorrow).

This sudden decision fuelled speculations and raised political heat in the state.

Normally, cabinet meetings are held after informing ministers and officials at least three days in advance to prepare agenda.

But the Chief Minister’s Office has sent a communication informing about cabinet meeting at night 9 pm on Friday.

Ministers who are in districts started rushing to Hyderabad on Friday night itself.

With this, ministers and officials became worried and tensed over the purpose of such an emergency cabinet meeting.

However, the CMO clarified that the cabinet meeting was convened to discuss on matters such as lifting of ongoing lockdown, rainfall, kharif agriculture season, lifting of Godavari water through Kaleshwaram project, hydel power generation and other issues.

But it failed to douse the fire as KCR alone has been taking decisions on all these issues without conducting cabinet meetings all these days and fuelling speculations that there could be something important other than these issues mainly political issues that KCR wants to discuss with cabinet ministers.

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Telangana CM to host lunch for adopted village

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will host lunch for all people in his adopted village in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district on June 22.

The chief minister on Friday called up the Sarpanch of Vasalamarri village to inform him that he would visit the village.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, told Pogula Anjaneyulu that he would host lunch for the entire village.

“I will make all the arrangements for food. You don’t have to do anything. I will send a team from Hyderabad,” the Chief Minister told the Sarpanch.

KCR enquired about the population of the village. The Sarpanch informed him that there are 2,600 people in the village.

The Chief Minister said food would be arranged for about 3,000 people including all officials and police personnel who will be there during his visit.

KCR also asked the Sarpanch to select a suitable venue for a public meeting to be addressed by him after the lunch. He advised him to arrange rain proof tents in view of the possibility of rain.

Stating that the government wants welfare of every household, the Chief Minister advised him to carry all people with him irrespective of party affiliations and caste.

The Chief Minister also accepted Sarpanch’s invitation to visit his house.

It was in November last year that the Chief Minister had decided to adopt the village and promised all support for its development.

The officials have chalked out plans for the development of the village, which is located about 15 km from KCR’s farm house at Erravelli in Siddipet district. The Chief Minister is likely to announce various projects for the village’s development during his speech at the public meeting.

This was the fourth village adopted by the Chief Minister. He last week announced that he will adopt an entire district to show how rural and urban development can be achieved.

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Can KCR erase “work from home CM” image with his district tours!

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has decided to tour districts across Telangana from June 20 to inspect the implementation of welfare schemes and development programmes at the grassroot level.

KCR’s sudden decision to tour districts surprised all given that KCR has confined himself mostly to his Pragathi Bhavan official residence or his farmhouse since he became CM seven years ago in June 2014.

KCR remained inaccessible even to ministers, his party MLAs, MLCs, MPs etc let alone meeting people directly and hear their grievances.

This attitude of KCR has earned him the image of ‘work from home CM’.

With his hectic district tours from June 20, KCR wants to erase this image, according to TRS circles.

However, questions are being raised whether KCR will succeed in his attempts this time.

Because the earlier decisions of KCR to tour districts remained as ‘mere announcements’ as KCR had either ignored tours later or confined it to just two or three days and settled back in Pragathi Bhavan or farmhouse later.

Like other CMs, KCR hards tours districts except during elections. He comes out from Pragathi Bhavan, farmhouse during elections, addresses public meetings and returns.

But this time, KCR reportedly is serious about taking up hectic district tours to erase his bad image of confining himself to Pragathi Bhavan or farmhouse and never meeting people directly.

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Etela’s ‘close friends’ in TRS under KCR’s scanner!

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TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has kept a close vigil on TRS leaders who are known to be ‘close friends’ of sacked health minister Etela Rajender, who joined BJP recently.

KCR is reportedly obtaining intelligence reports on the movements of Etela’s close friends every day.

There is a buzz in party circles that KCR is not relying just on intelligence reports but also roped in his close aides to track the movements of Etela’s close friends in TRS.

With this, several TRS leaders are tensed and avoiding personal or secret meetings and even avoiding talking over phones with a fear that their phones are tapped by intelligence officials.

These days all TRS leaders are making only WhatsApp calls with a belief that those calls are safe and can’t be recorded.

It is widely believed in TRS circles that Chevella MP Ranjith Reddy and Manakondur MLA Rasamayi Balakishan are under KCR’s scanner every day. Both these leaders are known to be ‘close friends’ of Etela in TRS.

While all other TRS leaders are competing to attack Etela to get into the good books of KCR, it’s not the case with Ranjith Reddy and Rasamayi.

Both are still adopting a silent stand on Etela. While Ranjith Reddy is known as a poultry business partner of Etela for long, Rasamayi is known as Etela’s follower since Telangana statehood agitation days.

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Telangana CM to adopt a district to showcase development

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday announced that he would himself adopt a district and show how development work can be done.

He made the announcement at a meeting with officials to review the Palle and Pattana Pragathi programmes, aimed at development of rural and urban areas, respectively.

“I will also adopt a district and see how work can be done. Additional Collectors and I will work together. We will show how development can be achieved,” the Chief Minister said.

“It became a habit for us to ignore the ground realities. We have a lot of work to do in our vicinity. It is not proper to ignore the work to be done in the neighbourhood and trying to take up a work away. Work hard for six months and see how villages and urban areas develop. If you do your work with utmost dedication, results will come for sure,” he told the officials.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, said that it is necessary to have the participation of everyone to develop villages and towns.

He said he would undertake surprise visits on June 20 in Siddipet, Kamareddy and on June 21 at Warangal. During his Warangal trip on June 21, the CM said he would inaugurate the Warangal District Collectorate and lay a foundation stone to the proposed multi-superspecialty hospital there.

The CM said that against the backdrop of Covid-19 and other such diseases, the basic infrastructure of the medical and health sector would be strengthened in the state.

KCR expressed unhappiness over villages and urban areas not getting the expected development even after 70 years of the country’s independence. He said it is regrettable that the rural development from Kashmir to Kanyakumari is neglected and one of the main reasons is the attitude of the officials. He called on the young Collectors to make the best of their opportunity given to them for the rural development by getting themselves involved in the work and execute it with commitment. He said the officers should get rid of the archaic attitude and methods, improve their capabilities and work with commitment and earn a good name.

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KCR wasting public money on Kia cars!

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On one hand, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has put government lands for sale to raise funds for welfare schemes and development programmes.

Telangana government is facing severe financial crisis due to Covid since March 2020.

On the other hand, KCR is wasting public money for purchase of Kia Carnivas SUVS.

On Sunday, KCR handed over Kia Carnival SUVs to 33 additional collectors of all districts.

KCR on Sunday held a meeting with additional collectors of all districts to review on Palle Pragathi and Pattana Pragathi programmes of TRS government.

After the meeting, KCR handed over Kia SUV to each additional collector.

Each car costs over Rs 30 lakh. Nearly 10 crore was spent to purchase these cars.

KCR justified this saying that additional collectors deserve good cars to travel and to discharge their duties effectively.

While there should be no opposition to provide the cars, what is inviting criticism is wasting public money on purchasing such high-end cars in these difficult Covid times.

Several SUVS are available within Rs 15 lakh price raising questions over why the government should waste public money on such high end cars.

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Realty slump dashes KCR’s hopes on land sale!

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The Telangana government has recently decided to sell off government lands to raise funds for welfare schemes and development programmes.

The State Cabinet has approved e-auction of lands for the purpose to raise Rs 30,000 crore.

Accordingly, big advertisements were released in TRS own media today, namely Namasthe Telangana.

The HMDA has issued advertisement putting several land parcels, plots for sale.

However, officials doubt the response to land sale in these difficult Covid times when all sectors are reeling under crisis.

The booming Hyderabad real estate sector too is facing a crisis since Covid outbreak in March 2020.

When the situation started improving in New Year 2021, the outbreak of second-wave Coronavirus in March 2021 pushed real estate into further crisis.

With salary cuts and job losses since March 2020, people are in no mood to buy properties in these times. Whatever amount they had saved, they dried up due to Covid crisis. Whatever little savings they still hold. people want to set aside for emergency needs but not invest in properties till Covid situation improves.

At this critical juncture, KCR has decided to sell off government lands. But realtors see poor response to government land sale due to ‘bad timing’ now.

While this is the situation now in Hyderabad, the Telangana government has decided to sell at least 1,000 acres in each district.

This raises questions over who will invest in districts when there is not much demand in a booming city like Hyderabad.

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Telangana CM’s surprise visits to review village and town progress

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will personally make surprise visits from next week to check the progress of Palle and Pattana Pragathi programmes (village and town progress), including the functioning of panchayati Raj and municipal officers all over the state.

Rao will also hold a review meeting with additional collectors and district panchayat raj officers (DPOs) on Sunday at pragathi bhavan on various programmes being implemented in the state.

“There is a decrease in Coronavirus cases in the state and the positivity rate has fallen to 4.7 per cent; another round of Palle and Pattana Pragathi programmes would be launched in the state,” he said in a high level review meeting of these programmes on Friday.

According to the CM, Telangana brought in new Panchayat Raj and Municipality Acts to support rural and urban areas in a big way.

Incidentally, Rs 339 crore and Rs 148 crore are being sent to the villages and municipalities development every month.

“It should be known why employees in the Panchayat Raj and Municipalities are failing to discharge their duties?” said Rao, warning that during his surprise visits if he finds any laxity on the part of the employees, he would not spare them.

Likewise, Rao instructed officials to prepare a chart for the measures to be taken to curtail seasonal diseases.

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KCR to go on a state-wide tour

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Telangana Chief Minister will undertake a state-wide tour from June 19. Though the official sources are claiming that this tour is mainly meant to take stock of the developmental works taken up under the Palle Pragathi and Pattana Pragathi schemes, the real aim is political, say those in the know.

Amid reports that several more MLAs are unhappy and might even think of backing Eatala’s rebellion, KCR reportedly feels that a state-wide tour will help in quelling the nascent revolt. Touring the districts will also help in addressing several other issues dogging the party. The groupism affecting the party in the districts also needs to be addressed. Hence KCR has decided to go on a tour of various districts.

Another key meeting with officials on Palle Pragathi and Pattana Pragathi will be held on Sunday at the Pragathi Bhavan, sources said. KCR has been allocating Rs 339 crore for the development of the gram panchayats under the Palle Pragathi scheme and Rs 148 crore for the Pattana Pragathi for the last two years. Despite the emphasis laid by him, the progress has not been satisfactory. Hence, KCR has asked the ministers, MLAs, MLCs and MPs too to get involved in these works.

Along with an inspection of these schemes, KCR is also likely to talk to various key leaders of the party to understand the situation in various districts. This will be his first state-wide tour in as many years. Sources say that his tour will help in isolating those who are planning to rebel against the government and go the Eatala way. KCR has already checkmated Eatala’s moves and this tour would further check other MLAs from playing truant.

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KCR meets Justice NV Ramana, what about Jagan?

KCR meets Justice NV Ramana, what about Jagan?

Telangana government on Friday accorded a grand welcome to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana when he arrived in the State for the first time after taking over as CJI.

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao welcomed Justice NV Ramana at Raj Bhavan.

Justice Ramana will stay at Raj Bhavan for three days before leaving for Delhi.

Justice Ramana arrived from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh by a regular fight at Hyderabad International airport.

Ministers KT Rama Rao, Mohd Mahmood Ali, Sabitha Indra Reddy, TRS MLAs, MLCs, MPs, Chief secretary Somesh Kumar, DGP Mahender Reddy extended grand welcome to Justice Ramana at the airport.

Justice Ramana headed straight to Raj Bhavan where Governor Tamilisai and CM KCR arranged a grand reception.

Incidentally, he visited AP first yesterday (Thursday) to have darshan of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirupati. Though Justice Ramana landed for first time as CJI, neither AP CM Jagan nor his ministers welcomed him.

In Tirupati, Justice Ramana was received by TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy.

Incidentally, Jagan rushed to New Delhi to meet union minister Amit Shah and other union ministers on the same day when Justice Ramana visited AP on Thursday.

Jagan returned to AP on Friday when Justice Ramana left AP to Hyderabad.

It may be recalled that Jagan created a flutter by writing a letter to previous CJI Justice Bobde making serious allegations against Justice Ramana of influencing AP High Court judgements against AP government and in favour of TDP petitions. However, Justice Bobde dismissed Jagan’s complaint and recommended Justice NV Ramana as next CJI after his retirement.

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Auction of govt lands: Will KCR meet Jagan’s fate?

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has decided to auction government lands and buildings to raise funds for TRS government’s welfare schemes and development programmes like irrigation projects, roads etc.

The state cabinet recently approved to auction of government lands and buildings.

KCR’s decision drew a comparison with Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy’ decision to sell off government lands in the name of “Build AP” in 2020-end.

Several petitions were filed against Jagan government in the AP High Court, which subsequently halted sale of government lands in AP until further orders.

Now Opposition parties are planning to move Telangana High Court against KCR government for its decision to auction government lands and residential buildings owned by Telangana Housing Board, Rajiv Swagruha Corporation etc.

The government wants to raise Rs 50,000 crore as TS government is facing severe financial crisis due to Covid and subsequent lockdowns since March last year.

Political analysts opine that KCR would also meet the same fate of Jagan as High Court may not allow indiscriminate sale of government properties.

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Etela testing patience of KCR by delaying resignation!

Etela Rajender is playing a ‘hide and seek game’ with TRS as well as TRS president, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao by delaying his resignation to TRS and MLA post even making an announcement to this effect on June 4 by conducting a press conference.

KCR sacked Etela from his cabinet on May 2.

KCR and TRS party was expecting Etela to resign to TRS as well as MLA post immediately after.

It’s more than a month since he was sacked from the cabinet, but Etela continues to remain in TRS and continuing as MLA even today.

Etela took more than a month to make an announcement on submitting resignation to TRS as well as MLA post on June 4.

However, Etela is yet to send resignation letter to TRS officially.

Etela did not send resignation letter to Legislative Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy either to quit from MLA post so far.

The TRS planned to dismiss him from the party and disqualify from the Assembly in the first week as Etela did not resign.

But Etela prevented them by announcing resignation to TRS and MLA post on June 4 on his own. However, Etela did not submit resignation though it’s nearly a week since he made the announcement.

Etela on the other hand is now touring his Huzurabad constituency and preparing for bypoll. He is luring TRS leaders and cadre to his side.

KCR and TRS are in a fix over how to proceed further as Etela is delaying resignation further and testing his patience.

They are now waiting for Etela to join BJP to disqualify him from Assembly as reports confirmed that Etela is joining BJP on June14.

If Etela joins BJP without resigning to Assembly on June 14, the TRS plans to disqualify him from the Assembly immediately forcing bypoll in Huzurabad within six months.

In any case, Etela is surely testing the patience of KCR and TRS.

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Why every biggie is running to undivided Karimnagar district these days?

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KCR, who rarely stirs out from his Pragathi Bhavan or Farmhouse, has gone all the way to a small village called Regunta in Jagityal district on Wednesday. Well! Officially, he went to console party MLA Balka Suman, who lost his father recently. But insiders say there is much more to KCR’s Jagityal visit than meets the eye. In fact, this is his first visit to Karimnagar after Eatala Rajender left the TRS.

Jagityal is part of the undivided Karimnagar district and undivided Karimnagar is where Eatala Rajender hails from. Though KCR met Suman, discussed covid situation with officials, the real purpose, according to political pundits, is to send feelers to TDP Telangana chief LV Ramana. The TRS is desperate to bring in Ramana with the promise of making him an MLC first and a minister later. The idea is to project a BC as a counterfoil to Eatala Rajender, who too is a BC.

KCR’s visit assumes significance as BJP’s Dubbak MLA Raghunandan Rao met LV Ramana on Wednesday and asked him to join the BJP. Quite curiously, Ramana assured to consider his request. This has clearly left the TRS rattled. If Ramana joins the BJP, it would only further strengthen the anti-BC image of the TRS, say analysts.

Hence, the TRS sent feelers to Ramana through KCR’s sudden visit to Regunta. Meanwhile Ramana is a happy man these days as he has suddenly become important and everyone is rushing to him with invites to join their party. This is interesting as only a couple of months ago, Ramana lost his security deposit in the Graduate MLC election. His party is all but dead in Telangana. Yet, he has political relevance thanks to the latest political developments.

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Will Nizamabad become KCR’s problem district?

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As of now the rebellion in TRS is limited to Huzurabad in undivided Karimnagar district. But there are indications that it could spread to other areas in the state. Several leaders in TRS are watching the developments keenly and if Eatala manages to succeed, many more leaders could jump the bandwagon of rebellion.

The district that is more volatile in terms of politics is Nizamabad. There are lot of disgruntled elements in Nizamabad district. For instance senior leader Gampa Govardhan is said to be deeply unhappy at not being made a minister. KCR made him the chief whip. His supporters and followers are unhappy over this. Bodhan MLA Shakeel Amer too has eyed a minister’s post. He was offered the post of whip, which he had refused to accept. Since then, he is ticked off from KCR’s good books. During that period, he had even met BJP MP Aravind Dharmapuri sparking rumours of his joining the BJP.

Another senior MLA Bajireddy Govardhan too is said to be unhappy. It was rumoured that KCR would make him the chairman of the RTC. But, when the final announcement was made, his name was not there in the list. Bajireddy has been sulking ever since.

MLCs Rajeshwara Rao and VG Goud too are aspiring for nominated posts. For instance, Goud hoped that he would be made protem speaker after Gutta Sukhender Reddy’s term expired. But, he was , not chosen. There is some discontent in him, according to those close to Goud. Another unhappy MLA is Hanmanth Shinde of Jukkal. He too is aspiring to be a minister, but was never given the post.

Sources say that KCR will have a lot of cajoling to do in this one district. Sources say that KCR is aware of the situation in Nizamabad. This is why he is soon going to talk to key TRS leaders from this district.

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KCR’s dilemma: Renaming or creating a new district after PV!

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao successfully usurped former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao’s legacy from Congress by announcing to celebrate year-long PV birth centenary last year and fielding PV’s daughter Surabhi Vani in the Graduate MLC election recently this year and ensure her victory against all the odds.

The year-long celebrations of PV’s birth centenary will end this month on June 28.

KCR is planning to honor PV by naming a district in Telangana after PV.

However, KCR seems to be in a dilemma over how to proceed on this issue.

KCR already increased districts in Telangana from 10 to 33. He is already facing criticism from all quarters of creating ‘too many districts’ for a small state like Telangana as some districts have become like revenue divisions with a low extent area.

There is no scope to create one more district after PV in this situation.

Even if the new one is created, it will complicate things in Telangana as it will alter the new zonal system of Telangana which was approved by President Ramnath Kovid recently for reservations to locals in education and employment. This zonal system was already amended once after KCR created two new districts in Telangana in 2018 after creating 31 districts in 2016. Due to this delay, the government could not issue a single job notification through TSPSC or another agency since 2017.

The zonal system needs to be amended again if one more district after PV is created and if that happens the recruitments will come to a halt once again till the Centre approves the new zonal system and President Kovind gives his nod. Unemployed youth are already angry at KCR for delaying notifications even after announcing to fill over 50,000 posts in December 2020 and won graduate MLC polls in March 2021 with this promise.

TRS leaders and government officials are suggesting KCR better rename an existing district after PV instead of creating a new one and delay job notifications further and unnecessarily inviting the wrath of students and unemployed.

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Telangana a source of food security for country: KCR

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao on Monday said that his state has not only achieved food security but has also become source of food security for the country.

He claimed that Telangana stood first in the country in food production by producing three crore tonnes of food grains.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, has greeted people on the occasion of World Food Safety Day.

Recalling the efforts put in by the state government to turn Telangana into a rice bowl in the country (“Annapurna”) from a region which faced famine and starvation as part of united Andhra Pradesh, he said within a short span of time, Telangana was able to create two crore acres fertile land which is yielding two crops.

KCR said it is a moment of pride for the state which has become number one in the paddy production by completing all major irrigation projects like Kaleswaram, and reviving and restoring tanks under Mission Kakatiya programme.

He said even during the Corona pandemic, the crops cultivated by Telangana farmers have provided food security to the country.

He claimed that measures taken by the government in supplying nutritious meat, eggs and fish to people have yielded good results. The state government is implementing sheep rearing schemes and encouraging fruits and vegetable production. With these efforts, people in the state are getting food, which is safe and secured.

KCR also stated that the government is waging a war against all the adulteration of the food items. The government is dealing sternly against the spurious seeds, fertilisers and pesticides, thereby ensuring safe food grains.

He said keeping in view the increase in diabetes, the state government has prepared Telangana Sona variety of rice and cultivation of this rice variety is encouraged all over the state.

Noting that the government has introduced several welfare schemes at a cost of Rs 45,000 crore providing welfare, food, social and life security, he said that in order to provide food security and ensure that no one goes hungry, each person is given 6 kgs of rice in every family through Food Security Card (Ration Card).

Of the total 87,41,000 ration card-holding families, 2,79,27,000 (72 per cent of the state’s population) are given 20 lakh tonnes of rice at one rupee per kg per year. For this, the state government is bearing Rs 28.24 per kg or Rs 2,088 crore subsidy. Fine quality rice is being given to the students in hostels.

Ration card portability was created so that ration cardholders can draw their ration anywhere in the state and this had provided total food security to the needy, he added.

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