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Telangana says Centre owes it over Rs 1 lakh crore

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Telangana Finance Minister T. Harish Rao on Tuesday claimed that the Union government owes over Rs 1 lakh crore to the state in the form of pending funds, grants, and compensation.

He told the Assembly that the Centre owes it Rs 1,05,812 and if the pending funds are released, the state can clear one-third of its Rs 3.29 lakh crore debt.

If the Centre releases these funds, the state would not even be required to raise new debt, he said in his reply to the short discussion on “Central government dual policy in implementation of FRBM Act – Impact on state progress”

Harish Rao alleged that the Centre’s unilateral decisions and imposition of restrictions against the state to obtain loans under Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) limits was having an adverse impact on the state.

He dismissed the criticism by BJP on the state’s debts and claimed that unlike the Union government which obtained loans to repay its loans, the state government spent the borrowings on capital expenditure and created assets. He pointed out that the state took up irrigation projects like the Kaleshwaram project Mission Bhagiratha, Mission Kakatiya and other programmes which created assets for the state.

He said that as per the Reserve Bank of India report, Telangana’s debt rank is 23rd in the country.

Harish Rao also rubbished the allegations by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and other BJP leaders over the per capita debt on each citizen of the state.

He stated that while the Central debt resulted in the per capita debt of Rs 1,25,679 on every individual, Telangana’s debt amounted to Rs 94,272 per capita.

During her recent visit to Telangana, Sitharaman has claimed that every child born in Telangana carries a debt of Rs 1.25 lakh.

Harish Rao stated that Telangana’s debt to GSDP ratio at 23.5 per cent is much lower than the country’s ratio at 55 per cent.

He claimed that in the last eight years, Telangana assumed top position in terms of increase in state-owned-tax-revenue with 11.5 per cent growth. Odisha came second with 9.7 per cent, followed by Haryana with 9.2 per cent growth.

Telangana’s contribution to GDP also increased from 4 per cent to 4.9 per cent in the last eight years, despite having just 2.9 per cent of the nation’s population.

“Unlike the BJP government which waived off the corporate loans to benefit its friends, we distributed the State’s wealth among the poor,” he said.

Harish Rao reminded that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) found fault with the Union government for obtaining off-budget loans which amounted to about Rs 6 lakh crore in the last five-six years.

He said if the BJP MLAs and MPs from the state succeed in getting the dues from the Centre, he would felicitate them.

The Finance Minister also slammed the Centre for adopting double standards in implementation of the FRBM Act by imposing restrictions on the states, but not practicing them itself.

He said the Centre took a unilateral decision to impose restrictions on the state’s borrowings without constituting the committee as per the recommendation of the 15th Finance Commission. The high-powered inter-governmental committee should comprise the Central and the State governments to review the borrowings.

He claimed that though Telangana was eligible to avail loans up to 4 per cent of its GSDP, it had let go 0.5 per cent of loans for the sake of farmers, after the Centre insisted on fixing smart meters to agricultural pump sets. The Union government also ignored the 15th Finance Commission’s recommendations to release Rs 6,268 crore to Telangana under various heads based on its performance.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to increase the tax share of states from 32 per cent to 42 per cent by GST implementation but by imposing more cess, the Centre has reduced the tax component to the state.

While the Central government was mobilising around 22.26 per cent of its revenue through cess and surcharges, the states are losing their revenue and ending up with only 29.6 per cent of total revenue earned by the Centre. Telangana has suffered revenue loss of Rs.33,712 crore, he said.

He remarked that the state would have received more revenues if Value Added Tax (VAT) would have continued.

He alleged that the Centre has also not released Rs 1,350 crore towards development of backward districts, and accused the BJP for destroying the federal spirit to achieve its motto of “weaker states, stronger centre”.

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30 women shifted to hospitals after botched-up FP surgery kills 4 in Telangana

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After the death of four women after undergoing Double Puncture Laparoscopy (DPL) at a family planning surgery camp at Telangana’s Ranga Reddy district, authorities have shifted remaining 30 women to hospitals for treatment.

Health authorities said the condition of women was stable.

Thirteen women were admitted to Apollo Hospitals and remaining 17 to government-run Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hyderabad.

Two women were undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at NIMS. Doctors said they were physically weak and hence were under treatment at the ICU.

Doctors said there was no need for any concern and all women were likely to be discharged in a couple of days.

Health minister T. Harish Rao on Wednesday visited NIMS Hospital and called on the women. He told reporters that all women were safe and would be discharged in two-day three days.

The minister said the government was providing the best treatment to the women. Every patient is being monitored by one doctor.

Four women have died due to complications after undergoing DPL at the female sterilisation camp conducted on August 25 at a Civil Hospital in Ibrahimpatnam in Ranga Reddy district.

They complained of acute gastroenteritis and died while undergoing treatment. Two deaths were each reported on Monday and Tuesday.

Harish Rao termed the incident unfortunate and said this never happened in the state’s history. He pointed out that 12 lakh women underwent family planning surgeries in the state during the last 6-7 years.

The health minister said the government has taken the incident seriously and has suspended the license of the doctors who performed the surgery. The government has also placed the superintendent of the hospital under lifetime suspension.

Harish Rao said the government has ordered an inquiry by Director of Public Health Dr G. Srinivasa Rao. He hoped that the report would be submitted in one week or 10 days.

“After receiving the report, we will take action against those found negligent. We will take necessary measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents,” he said.

The autopsy reports of four women are likely to be available on Thursday. This is likely to help officials reach a conclusion on the cause of deaths.

According to Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivasa Rao, 34 women were operated on at the camp. Four of them later complained of acute gastroenteritis and approached private hospitals for treatment. All the four women succumbed while undergoing treatment.

The director of public health said sterilisation camp is a routine exercise wherein DPL, tubectomy and vasectomy surgeries are conducted. “Experienced doctors conduct the surgeries. This incident is an aberration. We are trying to find out the reasons that led to the unfortunate incident,” he said.

According to the official, DPL is a preferred surgery for women who want permanent sterilisation with minimal complications. Women who undergo DPL can be discharged on the same day and they resume their activities immediately.

The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and two bed-room houses each for the family of the deceased. Surviving children of the deceased will be given admission in residential schools.

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Shekhawat uttered blatant lies on Kaleshwaram, says Telangana minister

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Telangana Finance Minister T. Harish Rao on Wednesday said that Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat uttered “blatant lies” on Kaleshwaram irrigation project.

He found fault with the Central minister for saying one thing in the Parliament and a totally different thing outside for political mileage.

Harish Rao slammed Shekhawat for the remarks made by him over the project while addressing a public meeting at Yadadri on Tuesday.

Citing Shekhawat’s statement in the Parliament that there was no corruption in Kaleshwaram, he said: “It’s now ridiculous for him to say that the project was constructed without any approval and that there was corruption in it.”

The Central minister on Tuesday alleged that Telangana government headed by K. Chandrasekhar Rao built Kaleshwaram project y across Godavari river with a wrong design.

He blamed the wrong design and poor engineering for submergence of three pump houses of the project in the recent floods.

He also claimed that the project was constructed without investment and environmental clearance.

The Union Minister alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao built Kaleshwaram as a “money-making machine”.

Shekhawat was addressing a public meeting organised by the BJP at Yadadri to launch the third phase of ‘Praja Sangram Yatra’ of party’s state unit chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar.

Harish Rao said the Centre had given clearances to Kaleshwaram in January 2022. The state minister pointed out that the project is aimed at irrigating 18 lakh acres of land and strengthening irrigation for 19.5 lakh acres.

“Only five months ago Shekhawat had told the Parliament that there was no corruption in the project but now he has uttered blatant lies,” he said.

Harish Rao pointed out that the Central Water Commission gave all clearances for the project. The environmental clearance for Kaleshwaram was on December 22, 2017. The Forest Department gave its approval on November 24, 2017.

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Covid situation under control in Telangana: Minister

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The Covid-19 situation in Telangana is under control and the state health department is ready to deal with any situation, Health Minister T. Harish Rao said.

The state Cabinet at its meeting presided over by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao discussed the Covid-19 situation in the state.

The Health Minister briefed the Cabinet on the situation with all the facts and figures. He said that the situation is in control and that the medical and health department is fully geared to tackle any situation.

Harish Rao said the state has so far administered five crore doses of Covid vaccines.

The health department will soon administer vaccines to the remaining eligible citizens.

The minister directed the officials to complete the vaccination programme at the earliest with the help of municipal and Panchayat Raj departments.

The chief minister wanted the ministers to hold meetings in all districts with district collectors and other officials to complete vaccination programme.

The health minister urged people to be self-discipline to help curb spread of Covid. He said people should avoid gatherings so that the virus spread can be checked.

The Cabinet also took stock of the paddy procurement. It noted that the procurement has already completed but due to unseasonal rains procurement centres were continuing in some districts.

The Cabinet decided that the procurement centres will function till the entire paddy is procured.

It was also decided that the chief minister will visit undivided Warangal district where unseasonal rains have damaged crops.

Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao will visit Warangal district on Tuesday. He will be accompanied by agriculture minister Niranjan Reddy, chief secretary Somesh Kumar and other officials.

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Balakrishna meets Harish Rao, what’s up?

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Actor and TDP MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna met Telangana finance minister T.Harish Rao on Monday (today) in Hyderabad. Balayya’s sudden meeting with Harish Rao fuelled political speculations.

However, TRS sources clarified that the meeting has nothing to do with politics and Balakrishna met Harish Rao in his capacity as chairman of Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute located in Jubilee Hills.

During the meeting Balakrishna has explained various services provided by the hosptial and its activities. Further he also brought several issues concerning to development of hospital to the notice of Harish Rao and urged him to extend necessary support from the Telangana government. Harish Rao reportedly has responded positively to the representations made by Balakrishna and assured that he will take this to the notice of Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao.

Sources said Balakrishna sought few tax concessions from Telangana government for the development of cancer hospital on the ground that the hospital was offering quality medical services for poor and needy for either free or for nominal rates.

Balakrishna had earlier met KCR in January 2016 on the same issues. KCR had promised to extend all the benefits which Balakrishna had sought then. But few reportedly are still pending.

For this reason, Balakrishna met Harish Rao and reminded him about the KCR’s promises made earlier.

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Telangana to improve public healthcare by spending Rs 10,000 crore

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Telangana Health and Finance Minister T. Harish Rao on Saturday said the state government will spend Rs 10,000 crore to improve public health services.

He said the aim of the state government was to provide the best healthcare services to the people at par with the corporate sector.

The Minister inaugurated a 100-bed intensive care unit at government-run Niloufer Hospital for children in Hyderabad.

This was the first programme attended by Harish Rao after taking over the medical and health portfolio three days ago.

Harish Rao said another 800 beds would be provided at Niloufer Hospital at a cost of Rs 33 crore. He said doctors and other staff for this would be recruited soon.

He lauded Hyderabad Software Entrepreneurs’ Association (HYSEA) for providing Rs 18 crore under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to improve infrastructure in government-run hospitals in the state.

The Minister said that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao plans construction of four medical towers in four directions in Hyderabad to provide the best healthcare facilities to the poor.

Harish Rao said the government was also working with the aim to have a medical college in every district. He said when Telangana state was formed there were only five government medical colleges and the number has now gone up to 21. Nine more government hospitals will be functional from next year.

In June, the government had decided to focus on the public health sector. A cabinet sub-committee headed by Harish Rao was asked to prepare a report. The panel will review the situation in government hospitals, staff and other infrastructure facilities and make recommendations.

It was announced that the sub-committee with ministers Jagadeeshwar Reddy, Srinivas Yadav, VemulaPrashanth Reddy, Srinivas Goud, Sabita Indra Reddy, and Satyavathi Rathod as members will tour Kerala, Tamil Nadu where better medical treatment is given as well as Sri Lanka, to study the situation and submit a report.

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Telangana minister hits back at Union Minister Shekhawat

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Hitting back at Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for criticising Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, the state’s Finance and Health minister T. Harish Rao on Friday said there has been a delay of seven years by the Centre in constituting a tribunal to resolve dispute between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Harish Rao said during the last seven years, the Central government has done nothing to resolve the dispute over sharing of Krishna river water.

Stating that Telangana is seeking fair share of waters, he demanded that the Centre constitute the tribunal without any further delay.

Shekhawat on Thursday took strong exception to the chief minister’s remarks accusing the Centre of delaying the resolution on water dispute.

The Union minister held KCR responsible for the delay stating that due to a case filed by the Telangana state government in the Supreme Court on Krishna waters dispute in 2015, the Centre could not initiate any steps as the matter was sub judice.

Harish Rao, however, argued that the court case was never an impediment in constituting a new tribunal to resolve the dispute.

The state minister dismissed Shekhawat’s contention that there was a delay of only four months. He claimed that the state’s request was pending with the Centre for seven years.

He recalled in July 2014, the state had written to the Centre seeking tribunal under Interstate River Water Disputes Act. Harish Rao, who was then the irrigation minister, said the Centre took no decision for one year.

“It is only after 13 months that in August 2015 that the state knocked the door of the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre to constitute the tribunal,” he said.

Harish Rao said the matter was delayed in the Supreme Court but there was no hurdle for the Centre to constitute the tribunal.

Earlier, the Minister for Industry, and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K.T. Rama Rao also slammed the Central minister saying he spoke out of ignorance.

Addressing a news conference, Chandrasekhar Rao had said that the Centre took seven years’ time just to refer Krishna water sharing issue to a new tribunal.

KCR said that he withdrew the case from the Supreme Court as promised but the Centre failed to resolve water disputes between Telangana state and Andhra Pradesh even after seven years.

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KCR makes Harish Rao as health minister

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TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao appointed finance minister T.Harish Rao as medical and health minister on
Tuesday (today).

Harish Rao will hold the additional portfolio of medical and health along with finance.

Medical and health portfolio was held by Etela Rajender in KCR’s cabinet from February 2019 after TRS came to power for second term in
December 2018.

However, KCR sacked Etela Rajender from his cabinet on May 2 on charges of encroaching assigned and temple lands.

Etela later quit TRS as well as MLA post and joined BJP in June forcing bypoll in Huzurabad.

Despite KCR spending thousands of crores of rupees to defeat Etela in bypoll, Etela won with a big majority deadline to deadly blow to TRS and KCR.

Medical and health minister post has been lying vacant since Etela’s exit in May.

Now KCR has handed over this key portfolio to Harish Rao.

This naturally brought cheers to Harish supporters in TRS who say KCR is giving more importance to Harish after Etela’s exit in TRS.

They say Harish is getting more priority in both TRS party and TRS government contrary to earlier reports that KCR sidelined him to make
way for his son KTR as next CM of Telangana.

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Harish Rao’s PPP makes TRS govt embarrassed!

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Telangana finance minister T.Harish Rao has given a powerpoint presentation (PPP) for over one hour to the media to prove that Telangana is a ‘rich state’ and its financial condition is sound.

Harish sought to rubbish reports that the TRS government had pushed Telangana into a debt trap with its financial mismanagement over the past seven years.

But Harish’s PPP gave more ammunition to Opposition parties to fix the TRS government.

Harish stated that Telangana tops the country in GSDP growth, per capita income and its debt burden is low when compared with other states.

When media personnel questioned him if the Telangana government was so rich, why salaries and pensions for state government employees and pensioners are getting delayed, why bills worth nearly Rs 20,000 crore were pending.

Without answering these questions, Harish left the venue abruptly.

Harish also targeted BJP saying that it’s achieved growth in increase of petrol, diesel and LPG prices.

But Harish had no answer when the media questioned why the Telangana government in not reducing VAT on fuel like Tamil Nadu to bring down prices and when they pointed out that the Telangana government too is earning over Rs 1,000 crore per month due to higher VAT collected on fuel and LPG.

Poor Harish abruptly called off the press meet without answering these questions.

Now opposition parties are demanding Harish Rao to answer these questions saying that Harish running away from the press meet without answering questions itself shows the true picture of the financial condition of the Telangana government.

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Growth rate lower than Bangladesh is BJP’s achievement: Harish Rao

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Telangana Finance Minister T. Harish Rao on Monday slammed the BJP, saying during its rule, India’s economic growth has slumped to lower than Bangladesh.

Hitting back at Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy and other BJP leaders for targeting the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government, he said India was lagging behind the neighbouring country in growth rate and per capita income.

“The Union Minister and other BJP leaders are making tall claims but the fact is that India’s growth rate has slumped to be lower than Bangladesh. This is your achievement,” Harish Rao said while addressing a news conference.

Citing World Bank figures, he said during 2019-20, Bangladesh’s growth rate was 8.1 per cent while India’s growth rate was mere 2.5 per cent.

He said India was also lagging in per capita income.

Making a power point presentation on Telangana’s growth during last six years, he said the state had emerged as a role model for other states and its growth rate was higher than the national average.

He pointed out that Telangana’s GSDP at current prices in 2020-21 was Rs 9,80,407 crore, an increase of 94 per cent from its 2014-15 value. Telangana achieved the third rank in the country in terms of the percentage increase in GSDP at current prices between 2014-15 and 2020-21.

He said in 2020-21, Telangana was the sixth highest contributor to the country’s GDP at current prices. “Between 2014-15 and 2020-21, Telangana achieved the third highest Average Annual Growth Rate of GSDP at current prices in the country. Since the state’s formation, growth in Telangana has consistently outpaced growth in the rest of the country. On an average, Telangana grew by 3.7 percentage points more than India did for the period post state formation,” he said.

Harish Rao said that Telangana’s GSDP at current prices increased by 93.8 per cent between 2014-15 and 2020-21, as against India’s increase of 58.4 per cent in the same period, and contributed approximately 5 per cent to India’s GDP, an increase of 1 percentage point since the state’s formation.

He said Telangana achieved an 11.7 per cent Average Annual Growth Rate (AAGR) of GSDP at current prices from 2014-15 to 2020-21, compared to India’s 8.1 per cent during the same time span. On an average, Telangana grew by 3.7 percentage points more than India did for each of these years.

During Covid-19, while India experienced a negative rate of growth of GDP (-3 per cent) in 2020-21, Telangana’s growth rate was still positive (2.4 per cent), he said. In 2014-15 and 2015-16, despite experiencing drought conditions, Telangana achieved high rates of growth of GSDP, significantly better than that of the country as a whole.

In 2020-21, the per capita income, one of the strongest economic indicators of the well-being of a population, for Telangana (Rs 2,37,632) was 1.84 times that of the national PCI (Rs 1,28,829), he said, adding that the state ranked 3rd in this regard. Telangana surpassed 7 states in a span of 7 years, moving from 10th position to becoming the 3rd ranking state in terms of per capita income in 2020-21. Telangana achieved the highest average growth in per capita income amongst all Southern states, at 11.5 per cent, post 2014-15, he added.

“Telangana’s per capita income has doubled. What is Kishan Reddy’s reply to this,” he said while slamming the Union Minister for alleging that Telangana’s growth has suffered under the TRS.

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Harish Rao gets Etela Rajender’s post!

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Finance minister T Harish Rao’s prominence has increased in TRS party and government ever since Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao sacked former health minister Etela Rajender from the party in May.

Harish Rao who was sidelined in the party after KCR’s son KTR became party’s working president in December 2018, suddenly came back to focus due to unexpected political developments in TRS leading to ouster of Etela Rajender from the party and bringing bypoll in Huzurabad.

Harish was given the task of winning Huzurabad Assembly bypoll. He has been aggressively campaigning in Huzurabad against Etela for the past few days.

On Saturday (today), KCR rewarded Harish Rao with one more post.

He was made president of All India Industrial Exhibition Society, the post that was held by Etela for the past seven years till he was ousted from the party.

The society holding the most popular Exhibition in Hyderabad also called as Numaish in Exhibition Grounds, Nampally, every year, for the past 80 years.

The society also runs several educational institutions.

The society elected Harish Rao as the president following the instructions of CM KCR.

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Harish Rao’s long term plans to takeover TRS?

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Does Harish Rao has long-term plans to takeover TRS one day and become TRS chief and Chief Minister of Telangana like K.Chandrashekar Rao?

The answer is ‘yes’ according to Etela Rajender, once a close friend of Harish in TRS for 14 years.

Though Etela was forced to quit from TRS by KCR in June this year, Etela continued to show his soft stance towards Harish even after joining BJP in June.

Etela only attacked KCR and KTR but showed ‘sympathy’ towards Harish saying that like him, Harish too faced several humiliations in the hands of KCR, KTR and Santosh Rao at Pragathi Bhavan and CM’s farmhouse.

But Etela started attacking Harish after KCR entrusted the responsibility of defeating Etela in upcoming Huzurabad bypoll.

Harish took charge yesterday (Wednesday) of Huzurabad constituency and decided to camp there till bypoll is over.

Harish is attacking Etela in strong words accusing him of trying to backstab KCR and TRS, who gave him political life.

On Thursday (today), Etela responded to Harish in harsh words for first time.

He said Harish came to Huzurabad and attacking him with long-term plans of takingover TRS.

“Harish is doing all this to take over TRS in the long-run. But he should realise that TRS will be finished in Telangana before he takes over TRS. Harish should have attempted earlier to achieve his task. But it’s too late now,” Etela said.

Etela said Harish expressed anger at KCR’s style of functioning in front of him and other ministers Gangula Kamalakar, Jagadish Reddy etc and used to say that a revolution will come in the party against this one day.

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Harish panel recommends hike in land, property values in TS!

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The cabinet sub committee on resource mobilisation headed by finance minister Harish Rao and comprising of IT minister KT Rama Rao and other ministers on Tuesday recommended state government to increase registration value of lands and properties in Telangana.

The registration values in Telangana were last revised in Undivided Andhra Pradesh in 2013.

After bifurcation of state, Andhra Pradesh hiked registration values by seven times but Telangana government did not revise registration values even once.

Telangana government is currently facing severe financial crisis due to Covid and is exploring all the options to increase its earnings through sale of lands and increase in registration values etc.

TS government is all set to increase registration values of agriculture, non agriculture lands, commercial and residential properties.

The cabinet sub committee submitted report to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. The new rates are expected to come into effect from August 1.

With this, property registrations in Telangana is all set to get costlier.

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Telangana minister escapes unhurt in accident

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Telangana Finance Minister T. Harish Rao escaped unhurt when his convoy of vehicles met with an accident in Siddipet district on Sunday night.

Vehicles in the minister’s convoy collided with each other when the security vehicle leading the convoy had to apply sudden brakes to avoid hitting some wild pigs, police said

The incident occurred near Nagula Banda when the minister was returning to Hyderabad from Siddipet.

Harish Rao and his aides escaped unhurt. The cars in which the minister and his security guards were travelling suffered some damage in the collision.

The accident occurred when the driver of the pilot vehicle applied brakes as some wild pigs suddenly came on to the road.

Harish Rao reached Hyderabad in another car. On learning about the incident, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao called up the minister and enquired about his well-being.

Earlier in the day, Harish Rao, along with the Chief Minister, had attended an official programme in Siddipet.

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Harish fires on Etala, says he will never cross KCR’s line!

Finance minister T Harish Rao opened his mouth on Etala Rajender’s episode in TRS for the first time on Saturday.

Harish did not react on Etala episode though Etala is repeatedly claiming in his press conferences that Harish too facef several insults and humiliations in the TRS along with him.

Harish on Saturday issued a statement strongly condemning Etala’s comments.

Harish stated that KCR was not only his party president, but was also his teacher and guide as well as a father-figure to him.

“I have repeatedly said this on many occasions and would like to clarify once again. I will follow the orders KCR until my last breath
and will never cross the line,” he said.

He asserted that he was duty-bound to obey the orders of the party president and CM.

He declared that he was a committed, loyal and disciplined worker of TRS and has been working to achieve the party’s goals since the party
was founded in 2001. He further said that it was his duty as well as responsibility to complete any task assigned to him by the party and
its leadership.

He said Rajender may have many reasons to leave the party and it is his decision to stay or quit the party, but his absence will not make
any difference to the party.

“The opportunities given to Rajender by the party were greater than the services he rendered to the party,” he said.

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Centre inducts Harish Rao into GoM on GST, no place for AP!

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The Centre on Saturday inducted Telangana finance minister T Harish Rao as a member of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to examine the issue of GST concession/exemption to Covid-19 relief material.

The union ministry of finance has constituted a eight-member GoM on
Saturday as per the decision taken in the GST Council meeting held on
Friday through videoconferencing.

Interestingly, there is no representation of Andhra Pradesh in this GoM.

The GoM includes Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma as convenor while the members are Gujarat Deputy CM Nitinbhai Patel, Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, Goa transport minister Mauvin Godinho, Kerala finance minister KN Balagopal, Odisha finance minister Niranjan Pujari, Telangana finance minister T Harish Rao and Uttar Pradesh finance minister Suresh Khanna.

The deadline for GoM to submit the report is June 8. The GoM will
examine the need for GST concession/exemption and make recommendations on Covid-19 vaccines, drugs and medicines for treatment. This also includes testing kits for Covid-19 detection.

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KCR asks Harish to divert budget to police, health depts to fight corona!

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday asked finance minister T Harish Rao to divert budget of other departments to medical and health departments to fight corona.

KCR asked Harish to do a review and identify departments that incur lower expenditure this year due to corona and lockdown and divert these funds to police and health departments, which are incurring higher expenditure in the present circumstances.

KCR held a review meeting with Harish and senior officials at Pragathi Bhavan.

KCR directed officials to effectively implement ‘dual-pronged strategy’ to contain corona in Telangana.

He asked officials to continue door-to-door fever survey and supply medical kits to those who were identified with corona symptoms in the survey.

KCR also asked officials to increase corona tests significantly.

He directed them to procure 50 lakh rapid antigen test kits for the purpose.

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Harish inaugurated TRS govt scheme in Hyderabad, What’s up?

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It is known to everyone that TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had sidelined his nephew T Harish Rao both in the party as well as in the government after coming to power in 2014 to clear way for the succession of his son KT Rama Rao in the party and the government.

Though Harish is finance minister at present, KCR confined him to Siddipet.

Harish is never seen attending any party or official programmes in Hyderabad.

Harish was not given any party’s responsibility even in GHMC elections held in 2015 and 2020.

But on Saturday (today), Harish was seen inaugurating a TRS government scheme in Hyderabad.

The programme was to distribute 150 mobile fish retail outlets to unemployed women groups under GHMC limits.

Harish was the chief guest while fisheries minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav is the special guest.

Normally, KTR inaugurates all schemes, projects and programmes under GHMC limits as municipal and IT minister.

Harish is in no way connected with GHMC or fisheries department.

Despite this, Harish inaugurating the event fuelled speculations in TRS that KCR is again giving prominence to Harish after TRS suffered setbacks in the hands of BJP in Dubbak Assembly bypoll and GHMC elections in 2020-end.

In the recent graduate MLC polls, KCR had appointed Harish as party incharge for Rangareddy.

Seems Harish is coming back with a bang in TRS.

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Telangana Budget 2021 Updates

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Telangana Finance Minister T. Harish Rao is presenting the state Budget 2021-22 today. Rs 5 crore to each assembly constituency under Assembly Constituency Development Fund has been allocated. Over Rs 14,800 crore have been allocated for the state government’s flagship programme Rythu Bandhu scheme and Rs 5,225 crore for loan waiver scheme.

Other than anything, Rs 25,000 crore budget for agriculture sector and Rs 16,900 crore for irrigation department has been allocated, giving it the first priority. The government has allocated Rs 1,000 crore for Hyderabad Metro Rail project and Rs 200 crore for Musi rejuvenation project.

For a comprehensive land survey, Rs 400 crore has been allocated while Warangal and Khammam Municipal corporations got 250 crore and Rs 150 crore respectively. The government is spending Rs 11,000 crore for completing 2BHK housing scheme and Rs 3,000 crore for RTC through budgetary and non budgetary provisions.

Also, the government has decided to distribute 3 lakh sheep units for which Rs 3000 crore has been allocated. For construction of integrated veg and non-veg market complexes in all towns and cities, Rs 500 crore has been allocated. Rs. 338 crore will be given for Handloom Workers Welfare.

Also, the government is going to introduce dalit empowerment scheme in the coming financial year. 

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TRS targetting 1 lakh majority in Dubbaka bypoll

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The TRS leaders are in an upbeat mood after the spectacular victory of Kalvakuntla Kavita as MLC. They are working with renewed vigour to retain Dubbaka assembly constituency in the byelection. TRS chief and CM K Chandrasekhara Rao has put Minister Harish Rao incharge of the election campaign. Vigorously electioneering in all the mandals, Harish Rao has set a target of increasing his party candidate’s majority to 1 lakh this time. In the 2018 assembly elections, the TRS got 62,500 majority as against 37,925 majority in the 2014 election.

On its part, the Congress has taken it as a prestige to increase its vote share in the segment. All the party stalwarts like Uttam Kumar Reddy, Bhatti Vikramarka, Revanth Reddy and others were focusing all their time and energy on Dubbaka bypoll as of now. It became all the more important for them to showcase their resolve and strength before Manikya Tagore, who has taken over as Congress Telangana incharge recently.

The BJP is banking on the charisma of Prime Minister Modi and his Government’s popular programmes. However, the local issues are expected to dominate the election. In the triangular fight, the TRS is the only regional party which is facing the two other national parties. It is confident of increasing its majority thanks to its focus on regional and local issues.

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