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Telangana Governor calls for respecting Constitutional offices

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Amid the continuing rift with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Saturday called for respecting the Constitutional offices in the true spirit of the Indian Constitution.

Soundararajan, who has slammed the state government on many occasions for not respecting the office of the Governor, said that acceptance and adherence to the Constitutional values and respecting the Constitutional offices cannot be selective.

She was addressing a programme organised at the Raj Bhavan to mark Constitution Day.

“What we require is adherence and respect to the Constitutional offices in the true spirit of the Indian Constitution,” she said.

“The acceptance and adherence to the Constitutional values and respecting the Constitutional offices cannot be selective. We must ensure unquestionable loyalty to our Constitution and there is no hesitation to show that the Constitution is supreme in our country,” the Governor added.

In recent times, Soundararajan has openly targeted Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his government for not giving her respect and for not following the protocols.

Interestingly, her latest remarks came on the same day when she launched a scathing attack on the TRS government during an interview to a television channel.

“We must understand the value of our Constitution in its true spirit, its uniqueness that guarantees the rights of all and protects the vulnerable,” she said.

She stated that drafting of Article 3 of the Constitution is one of the major examples of how the Constitution envisages the challenges and tries to incorporate necessary protections to the vulnerable.

“Thanks to Article 3, creation of Telangana state was possible and six-decade long aspiration of people was fulfilled,” she said.

The Governor said that by celebrating Constitution Day, the country is remembering the architects of the Indian Constitution and paying rich tributes to their sacrifices in selfless service to the country.

“We must be thankful to them for the visionary approach in endowing this country with the best written Constitution in the world,” she said.

“The Constitution has laid greater emphasis on human values and noble ideas like justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. The Constitution is the main source of the country’s strong unity and integrity in its unique diversity. For more than seven decades, despite many challenges, the Indian Constitution proved to be supreme in ensuring the country’s rock solid democratic foundations,” she added.

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Telangana Guv launches human milk bank in Hyderabad

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A unique human milk bank has come up in Hyderabad which will cater to preterm babies and other infants in need of milk.

Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on Wednesday launched the milk bank at KIMS Cuddles in Kondapur on the eve of World Prematurity Day on November 17.

Several eligible mothers have shown willingness to donate milk voluntarily.

The banks can store milk for up to one year. Whenever the need arises, the milk is withdrawn and used after it is brought to a liquid state.

KIMS Cuddles expects that on an average at least five babies will be requiring human milk from its bank on any given day.

The Governor recalled that as a practicing pediatrician at Thanjavur, she came across several instances from which she understood the inadequate supply of breast milk for new-born babies. That is when she realised the need for having human milk banks, particularly after she saw the yeomen services rendered by such banks while on a visit to a Mumbai hospital.

“KIMS will help save 400 preterm (pre-maturely born) babies and also other infants in urgent need of milk when the mothers cannot breastfeed through their new project. I appreciate all kindhearted mothers, who, with their willingness to donate to the human milk bank, are securing the life of someone else’s baby.”

She lauded the initiative taken by Dr Bhaskar Rao, Managing Director, KIMS Hospitals.

“The need for a human milk bank has emerged because of the huge gap in the demand and supply of mother’s milk. The milk bank is like a godsend opportunity as it addresses this lacuna to a significant extent. The good sign is that when mother’s milk is inaccessible, especially for a premature baby, donor human milk emerges as the saviour,” observed Dr. Aparna from KIMS Cuddles.

According to Dr. V. Nanda Kishore, Paediatric Intensivist and HOD – Paediatrics, KIMS Hospitals, Secunderabad, mother’s milk can reduce mortality and morbidities in such vulnerable neonates. It contains all the vital nutrients and growth factors that a baby needs for optimal physical and mental growth. Human milk is a source of anti-infective factors that are proven to reduce infections and necrotising Enterocolitis, which are the major causes of mortality in preterm neonates, she said.

“KIMS Cuddles has created such a bank to achieve one hundred per cent human milk feeding in preterm very low-weight neonates. As part of our regimen, our trained staff screens the donor mothers, counsel them appropriately, screen them for infections, collect milk, pasteurize, screen and distribute milk to babies in dire need,” D. Aparna said.

“Our neonatal unit at KIMS Cuddles caters to nearly 150 newborn babies each month, including intramural and extramural births. Our estimates are that up to 20-25 per cent of these admissions are preterm neonates less than 34 weeks gestation. These are the babies who can only be fed mother’s milk,” she said.

According to gynecologist Dr. Shilpi Reddy, Clinical Director – Obstetrics & Gynecology, as most of the sick newborns and premature babies do not get MoM in the first week of life, human milk bank is a boon for them.

Three healthy mothers who volunteered to donate on umpteen occasions were felicitated. The average percentage of donations by these three mothers, Madhuri, Roopa and Anusha, is around 15 litres, which is a stupendous contribution.

“There are many mothers who have been approaching us stating that they produce more milk than what their babies require. They are duly counselled and motivated about how their help can save many preterm babies,” Dr. Aparna asserts.

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Telangana Governor suspects phone tapping

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Amid widening rift with the Telangana government, Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Wednesday said that she suspect her phone is being tapped and alleged that there is an undemocratic situation in the state

“I’m afraid my phone is tapped. My privacy is being infringed,” she told reporters at Raj Bhavan.

The Governor slammed the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) for dragging Raj Bhavan into MLAs’ poaching episode.

She said the official TRS handle claimed that Raj Bhavan is involved in the case.

“This is a false allegation. My office is transparent and all my works are in the open,” she said.

“They mentioned Tushar. He was my ADC. Tushar was calling me for two days to wish me Deepavali. Only after that, they mentioned Tushar’s name,” she said.

She was apparently referring to Tushar Vellapally, who contested Lok Sabha elections against Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad on BJP ticket in 2019.

At a news conference on November 3, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had stated that one of the three accused arrested while trying to lure four MLAs of TRS spoke to Tushar over phone.

KCR also released a photograph of Tushar with union home minister Amit Shah.

She denied that she is sitting on bills sent by the state government to Raj Bhavan including Telangana Universities Common Recruitment Board Bill, 2022.

She said she wanted some clarifications from the state government on the new procedure to be adopted for appointment of vice-chancellors of universities.

The Governor said her action was projected as if she was stalling the process of recruitment.

She claimed that ever since she took oath as Governor, she had been suggesting the government fill vacant posts, teaching and non-teaching, as early as possible.

She clarified that she wants to know from the government why a new recruitment board be formed when a procedure is already there and what is the new procedure going to be followed, how the board is to be formed and whether this will be in accordance with the UGC rules.

Soundararajan also claimed that only after she called the press conference that the education minister stated that she would go to Raj Bhavan to give the clarifications.

On a students’ body threatening to lay siege to Raj Bhavan if the approval to the bill was delayed, the governor said students’ fraternity was welcomed to come to Raj Bhavan and submit their memorandum.

“Raj Bhavan’s doors are open. It is not like Pragati Bhavan (official residence of the chief minister). I have democratised Raj Bhavan,” she remarked.

Reiterating the allegation that the Governor’s protocol was not being followed during her visit to districts, she wanted to know from the government what action it had taken against collectors and superintendents of police who were not following the protocol.

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Governor has extensive powers: Tamilisai Sounderarajan

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Telangana Governor Tamilisai Sounderarajan on Monday claimed she has extensive powers and approving the Bills passed by the State Legislature comes under her purview.

The remark came amid criticism of the Governor by the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) over the delay in approving the Bills passed by the Legislative Assembly.

She said she would act within her purview and would soon take a decision on the Bills sent for her approval. Replying to a query, Tamilisai made it clear that she is not against anybody.

The Governor interacted with the media persons during Diwali celebrations at Raj Bhavan.

The row about the Bills further widened the chasm between the Governor and the state government.

Six amendment Bills and two new Bills passed by the Assembly were already sent to the governor for her approval. These include Bills relating to university recruitment common board, Municipality Act amendment Bill, Forest University Bill and Azamabad Industrial Area Bill.

TRS leaders have found fault with the Governor for delaying the assent to Bills.

Deputy Speaker T. Padma Rao Goud targeted her for not clearing the files sent by the government for her approval.

“The government makes many decisions for the welfare of the people and development of the state but the files pertaining to these are being delayed. She is governor of Telangana and not governor of some other country like Pakistan,” the TRS leader remarked.

On completion of three years in office last month, she had alleged that the TRS government humiliated her by not following the protocol and by not allowing her to unfurl the national flag at a public event on the Republic Day.

A couple of days ago, she launched a direct attack on Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao,

While talking to reporters in Chennai, she remarked that her visit to flood-hit Bhadrachalam forced the chief minister, who was sleeping in his bungalow, to rush to the temple town.

It may be recalled that the differences cropped up between the Governor and the TRS government when she did not approve the state Cabinet’s recommendation to appoint P. Kaushik Reddy as member of state Legislative Council under the Governor’s quota.

When she delayed clearing the file, the TRS government later had to send Kaushik Reddy to the upper House of the state Legislature under MLA quota.

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Hyderabad Liberation Day celebrations kick-off with photo exhibition

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Hyderabad Liberation Day celebrations began at the Parade Grounds here on Wednesday with Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan inaugurating a photo and art exhibition.

The exhibition is part of the celebrations being organised by the Union Ministry of Culture to mark 75 years of the accession of the erstwhile Hyderabad state with the Indian Union.

The exhibition showcases archival images associated with the erstwhile Hyderabad state and its unification with India on September 17, 1948.

The exhibition will continue till September 17, when Union Home Minister Amit Shah will hoist the national flag and review a parade at the same venue.

The Governor felicitated some freedom fighters who participated in the fight against Nizam’s rule. She recalled the supreme sacrifices and loss of lives due to the atrocities and heinous crimes committed by ‘Razakars’.

She said that it is a moment of pride to celebrate Hyderabad Liberation Day and pay respect to the martyrs and remember the unsung heroes.

Union Minister for Culture, G. Kishan Reddy, who is an MP from Secunderabad, has already announced that his ministry will be organising Hyderabad Liberation Day celebrations. This will be year-long celebrations which will continue till September 17, 2023.

The minister has also invited the Chief Ministers of Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra for the event to be held at Parade Grounds on September 17.

Meanwhile, the government of Telangana has announced that the occasion will be celebrated as National Integration Day. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will hoist the national flag and address the people to launch the year-long celebrations on September 17.

The state government also plans rallies by students, youth and women on September 16. A big procession is planned in Hyderabad the next day, culminating in a public meeting at the NTR Stadium. The public meeting will be addressed by the Chief Minister and other leaders.

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KCR’s daughter hits back at Telangana Governor

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Hitting back at Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha alleged on Thursday that the office of the governor has turned into a political stage to defame the state government and the chief minister.

“The office of Governor of Telangana has turned into a political stage that is determined to defame the TRS govt and CM KCR garu,” tweeted Kavitha hours after Tamilisai attacked the state government for “humiliating” her.

“The statements of Hon’ble Governor come at a time when they realised that the BJP driven smear campaigns can’t con the people of Telangana,” wrote Kavitha, a member of Telangana Legislative Council.

On completion of three years in office, the governor addressed a news conference at Raj Bhavan on Thursday, launching an attack on the chief minister and the state government.

She alleged that the state government is discriminating against a woman governor by not following the protocol.

She said she was even denied the opportunity to unfurl the national flag on Republic Day or deliver her speech.

She alleged that hurdles were being created in her efforts to reach out to people. She also criticized Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for not visiting Raj Bhavan despite her invitations.

“It will go down in the history of Telangana, how a woman governor was treated,” she said.

State ministers have also hit back at the governor for her comments saying her conduct was not befitting of a person holding the post of governor.

Minister for Panchayat Raj E. Dayakar Rao urged Tamilisai to show dignity and decorum as the state’s governor.

He alleged that she was acting like a BJP worker and holding talks with BJP leaders.

The minister also remarked that Tamilisai was not getting the respect as she was denigrating the office of governor, adding that Telangana treated Governor Tamilisai as its own daughter but she was working under the direction of the BJP.

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Telangana governor attends to medical emergency mid-air

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Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan donned the role of a physician to attend to a co-passenger who took ill aboard New Delhi-Hyderabad flight on Saturday.

There was a panic call from the air hostess while the IndiGo flight was mid-air. Is there any doctor on this flight, the air hostess asked.

Dr Soundararajan tweeted that she rushed to the rear only to see a passenger looking drowsy sweating profusely. He had symptoms of indigestion.

“Made him lie flat. Checked vitals with first aid and supportive drugs and assurance. There was a smile on his face as much as on co-passengers,” wrote the governor.

On arrival in Hyderabad, the passenger was transported in a wheelchair to the airport medical booth.

Soundararjan appreciated IndiGo air hostess and staff for timely alert and facilitation. She made some suggestions for the airline.

The governor said the first aid kit must be kept in a ready to use stage and contents verified daily. She suggested that doctors travelling on board can be noted on travel charts as in railways to attend emergency calls.

She noted that it was 4 a.m. mid-air and she was awake to take the call. Your call may go unnoticed in sleepy hours, she said.

She advised the airline to impart Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills training to its crews on board to help the sick on flight. “I advise even citizens to take a formal CPR training to save others in emergencies,” she added.

Tamilisai Soundararajan had started her career as a medical practitioner after completing her M.B.B.S., P.G. in Gynecology. She was a practicing physician before entering politics.

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Telangana Governor to visit flood-hit Bhadrachalam

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Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan will visit flood-affected Bhadradri Kothagudem district while Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will make an aerial survey of all affected districts along Godavari river on Sunday.

The governor will inspect the flood-hit areas of Bhadrachalam town and meet the affected people.

The governor will reach Kothagudem by train from Hyderabad and from there she will travel by road to Bhadrachalam, where several colonies have been inundated due to floods in Godavari river.

The water level in the river reached 71 feet on Friday night, the highest after three decades.

The decision by the governor to visit flood-hit Bhadrachalam came a couple of hours after it was announced that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will make an aerial survey of the affected districts.

The CMO announced that the chief minister will undertake an aerial survey on Sunday morning to assess the natural calamity and flood related damages due to incessant rains in river Godavari catchment zones.

The Chief Minister will conduct an aerial survey on Godavari between Kadem project and Bhadrachalam.

He will be accompanied by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar.

Meanwhile, in Bhadrachalam, residents of few inundated colonies staged a protest, demanding the government to raise the height of the dam to permanently solve the problem of flooding.

They complained that every year, their colonies get submerged due to rise in the water level and despite repeated appeals, the dam height has not been increased.

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Telangana Guv defends ‘Praja Darbar’, says want to act as a bridge

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Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday defended her action in receiving representations from people by holding ‘Praja Darbar’, saying she wants to act as a bridge between the state government and the public.

Soon after holding the maiden ‘Praja Darbar’ as ‘Mahila Darbar’ at Raj Bhavan to hear the grievances of women, she dismissed the criticism that she is crossing her limits.

She argued that when she as the highest Constitutional authority in the state is willing to serve people, why should she be denied the opportunity.

The Governor, who received over 500 petitions from women, did not agree that it amounts to running a parallel government.

“This is a Constitutional office. I am practising only what should be practised by a Constitutional authority,” she said.

“Those saying it is unconstitutional should first respect the Constitution,” the Governor said when asked about the statements by leaders of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) describing her action as unconstitutional.

“I repeatedly said that I want to be a catalyst, a bridge between the government and the people. There is no politics in this. I can’t agree that Raj Bhavan should be shut or it should not be approachable. Each and every office, whether Constitutional or elected, is for the people,” she said.

“Some of the critics say how Raj Bhavan can conduct this (Praja Darbar). Every office is for the people, whether it is of panchayat president or member or the Constitutional office of Governor. When I have the capacity of meeting the people and when I can communicate and get the message from people and convey it to the government, why should there be any objection,” she asked.

“I am not a controversial person and I want to do something good for the people of Telangana. I am a doctor and I can understand the problems of people,” she added.

She reiterated her allegation that the state government is not respecting the Constitutional office of the Governor, alleging that the government is not following the protocol.

“They are not receiving me wherever I go. There is an SOP to be followed but it is not being followed. However, this is not going to stop my activities. I am not asking anything for myself. When people are affected, the government should respond,” she said.

Replying to a query, Tamilisai said she had sought a report in two days from the state authorities on the recent incident of gang-rape of a minor in Hyderabad, but the same has not been submitted yet.

She termed the delay as unfortunate and added that she is concerned over the media reports about the incident.

“I always respect a democratically-elected government. It should also respond and respect the Constitutional authority. You know the powers of a Constitutional authority. I am not asking anything for myself,” she said.

The Governor said she chose to start ‘Praja Darbar’ as ‘Mahila Darbar’ because she first wanted to hear the unheard voices. She said the recent incidents of sexual assault on minor girls and women in Hyderabad are one of the reasons for starting the programme with women.

“When the woman holding the highest Constitutional office in the state is not getting respect or response, I can imagine the fate of the downtrodden,” she said.

Tamilisai urged the government to respond and respect whatever messages are sent through Raj Bhavan based on the representations received from the people.

The Governor said Friday’s ‘Mahila Darbar’ had participants from the Red Cross, doctors, lawyers and NGOs to respond to the applications.

“No application will be ignored. For smaller monetary help, referral to hospitals or institutions, they will be handled by the office of the Governor, but I request the government departments concerned to respond to the other requests received by the Raj Bhavan during the Praja Darbar,” she said.

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Telangana Governor greets people on state formation day

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Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Wednesday greeted people of Telangana ahead of state formation day on June 2.

Telangana people all over the globe are enthused to celebrate this joyous occasion with happiness and pride, she said.

The Governor noted that the formation day assumes greater significance in view of the supreme sacrifices made by many youths for the cause of a separate state.

“I offer my sincere tribute to the martyrs of the separate Telangana movement. For more than six decades, the struggle to realise separate statehood was unabated. It witnessed the spirited participation of all sections of the people,” she said in her message.

The Telangana state movement assumed national and international importance as the six-decade-long mass movement witnessed many milestones and numerous sacrifices made by the students and youths for the cause of a separate state, Soundararajan said.

“I am sure that the protection of Telangana’s unique identity and its rightful share of all resources and opportunities are being realised by aspirational and hardworking people, staff, leadership, and policymakers,” she said.

She hoped that Telangana state, known for its leadership in IT, pharma, life sciences, and agriculture, will firmly be on its path to witness all-round inclusive development, progress, and prosperity.

“Let the indomitable spirit of Telangana continue to grow from strength to strength,” she added.

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Has discord between Telangana Governor, CM reached point of no-return?

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The discord between Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and the state’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government appears to have a reached a point of no-return.

The Governor publicly complaining about the “insult” meted out to her by the state government may deepen the friction between them.

After meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday and Thursday, Soundararajan came out openly to accuse the TRS government of “insulting” her.

The TRS government too hit back at her. Energy Minister Jagdish Reddy called her comments uncalled for and termed her a “BJP leader”.

The development indicates that Telangana may be heading West Bengal and Kerala way where the Governors have locked horns with the state governments.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s views on how the party ruling at the Centre misused the office of the Governor over the years are well known. He has been targetting the BJP government at the Centre for acting against the spirit of federalism.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, recently came out in support of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her clash with Governor Jagdeep Dhankar. The TRS chief referred to Sarkaria Commission report to highlight how the office of Governor has been misused by the Centre.

When Soundararajan, a former BJP leader in Tamil Nadu, was appointed as Telangana Governor in 2019, the TRS was reportedly miffed over the Centre not consulting it before the appointment.

While initially the relations were cordial between the Governor and the state government, the friction began when Soundararajan visited few hospitals during Covid-19 pandemic. The TRS government was irked by her remarks over the government’s handling of the pandemic.

Eyebrows were raised in political circles when Soundararajan, who is also a physician, called meetings of officials over Covid situation. Sections of the ruling party felt that the Governor was overstepping her powers.

Both the sides, however, played down the differences. Last year, the rift became public late last year after the Governor did not approve a file sent by the State Cabinet recommending appointment of P. Kaushik Reddy as a member of Legislative Council. She had told the media that since the nominated post falls in the category of social service, she was trying to get information about Kaushik Reddy’s social service work.

The TRS government later had to send Kaushik Reddy to the upper House of the state Legislature under MLA quota.

The CM and ministers had also not attended Republic Day celebrations at Raj Bhavan.

The differences deepened further after the state government commenced budget session of the state legislature last month without customary address of the Governor. Soundararajan had taken exception to this. However, the government argued that there was no need for the Governor’s address as it was not a new session but continuation of the previous session.

The Governor was also not invited for the reopening of Yadadri temple on March 28. The Chief Minister had attended the rituals to mark the reopening of the temple after renovation.

She was also not invited to Medaram Jatra, the tribal fair held in February. She, however, visited Medaram but no official was present.

The rift widened further with KCR staying away from Ugadi celebrations hosted by Governor at Raj Bhavan.

Though Raj Bhavan had sent invitations to the CM and his cabinet colleagues, none of them turned up.

Raj Bhavan had also sent invitations to MPs, MLAs and MLCs to the event but no one came. Even the senior civil and police officials did not attend the celebrations.

After meeting with the Prime Minister on Wednesday and Home Minister on Thursday, she alleged that the state government insulted the office of Governor, citing the instances where Governor’s protocol was not followed. She said she did not know why the state government was insulting and ignoring her.

“Leave aside everything. Should a lady like me be insulted and ignored,” she asked after meeting with Amit Shah.

She said she would be visiting Bhadrachalam temple in April 11.

“I will be going by road as that is the mode of transport of a Governor in the state,” she said.

The TRS government has also hit back at Soundararajan for her allegations.

Energy Minister Jagadish Reddy alleged thatA he Governor recently visited the Yadadri temple as a BJP leader and hence the government did not follow the protocol.

According to the minister, the reason for the present differences is that she has a political background. “Those who worked as State presidents of political parties, worked as Chief Ministers or Ministers are being madeA Governors.

“Running politics from Raj Bhavan in order to develop a political party in the state would not work. Such experiments failed in other states too,” the minister remarked but denied that the government insulted the Governor.

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Governor counters KCR’s criticism of Modi!

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TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister is lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi in every public meeting and every press conference in January terming him as an inefficient and incapable PM and is only capable of inciting communal violence and hatred for political mileage.

Now, Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan seems to be coming to the rescue of PM Modi by showering praises on Modi in all the meetings she is addressing in Telangana.

The governor is praising Modi’s leadership in tacking Covid in India. The governor is also crediting Modi for doubling medical infrastructure in the country to deal with any health emergencies in the future.

The governor is highlighting the country’s tremendous success in Covid vaccine development, manufacturing and supply under Modi’s leadership.

The governor’s comments are attracting media’s attention and TRS leaders are unable to digest the Governor praising Modi at a time when KCR is projecting Modi in bad light.

During Republic Day speech at Raj Bhavan, which KCR skipped, the governor praised Modi’s welfare schemes and development programmes while ignoring KCR government’s welfare schemes and development.

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Telangana Governor visits paddy procurement centres

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Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Wednesday visited a couple of paddy procurement centres in Nalgonda district.

She visited the paddy procurement centres at Duppalapally and Arjalabavi villages and interacted with the farmers and officials on procurement procedure, progress, and facilities.

The Governor also enquired about the facilities provided for the farmers and the procedure being followed for the procurement. She also asked them about the progress in the procurement and other aspects.

She asked the farmers about the yield they were getting and the availability of the bags for packing.

The officials explained to her about the progress in the procurement process and the facilities provided for the farmers at the IKP procurement centres.

The farmers were surprised by the sudden visit of the Governor and the women took a group photograph with her.

The Governor’s visit to procurement centres come at a time when the opposition BJP and Congress have been targeting the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government over sluggish pace of procurement during the ongoing Kharif season and the TRS is slamming the BJP government at the Centre for escaping from its responsibility to lift the paddy from the state.

The TRS has decided to boycott remainder of the winter session of Parliament stating that justice is not being done to farmers of the state by the Centre, particularly in the matter of paddy procurement.

Last month, a delegation of TRS leaders led by state Agriculture Minister S. Niranjan Reddy had called on the Governor and urged her to impress upon the Union government to direct the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to procure paddy from Telangana.

Last week, Congress leaders had requested the Governor to visit marketyards to better understand the suffering of farmers and put pressure on the state and Central governments to help them.

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Geospatial sector set to grow almost 14%, experts call for forward looking policy

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Experts on Tuesday called for a forward-looking, industry-enabling policy on geospatial mapping and data, a sector that is set to grow at a significantly moderate rate at 13.39 per cent CAGR, from Rs 14,050 crore in 2021 to Rs 23,200 crore in 2025.

Proposing a Geospatial Industrial Development Strategy to further the role of geospatial, CEO and founder of Geospatial World, Sanjay Kumar, said, “The total economic impact of geospatial information and technology on India’s economy is Rs 19.95 lakh crore.”

“Geospatial technologies such as mapping and surveying, remote sensing, GPS and GIS etc. have been recognised as effective tools for planning and decision making by the state,” said Tamilisai Soundararajan, Governor of Telangana.

Speaking at the inauguration of GeoSmart India 2021, Soundararajan added, “During the Covid-19 pandemic, the power of geography and location helped save valuable lives. It enabled our healthcare professionals and government agencies develop a better understanding of the underlying factors of the pandemic.”

Terming the geospatial technologies as a nation’s digital currency for evidence-based decision-making, the GeoSmart India 2021 conference has positioned geospatial technologies as any technology that enables the creation, management, analysis and visualisation of geospatial data.

The conference is the first big ticket event after the government had, six months ago, opened the space and mapping sector to private players.

Advisor in the PMO, Amit Khare, spoke about the emerging opportunities in the sector and how India can leverage the benefits with appropriate policy enabling the industry interface.

“This is very important to bring about a transformational change if you wish to be the world leader,” he said.

“The pandemic has not only disrupted the world economy, it has also brought about very significant changes in the outlook of governments and humanity. The effort of Geospatial World is to look at the role of the geospatial technology in the Indian economy, its performance etc.,” said A.S. Kiran Kumar, member, Space Commission, government of India.

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Telangana Guv calls for upholding values of Constitution

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Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday called upon people to rededicate to the cause of upholding ideals, rights and values enshrined in the Indian Constitution and strive to create a strong, secure, prosperous and self-reliant India.

Addressing the Constitution Day programme at Raj Bhawan, she conveyed greetings to the citizens on Constitution Day and paid tributes to Father of the Indian Constitution Dr B.R. Ambedkar and members of the Constituent Assembly.

“I express my reverence and gratitude to the Father of the Indian Constitution Bharat Ratna Dr B.R. Ambedkar for making our Constitution a reality,” she said.

She also paid tributes to all members of the Constituent Assembly for their immense contributions and pointed out that they discussed and debated thousands of amendments to the previous draft.

“By celebrating Constitution Day, we are paying rich tributes to the memory and contribution of members of the Constituent Assembly,” she said and described the Constitution as the main force for the unity, integrity and unique diversity of the country.

“For more than seven decades, despite many challenges, the Indian Constitution proved to be supreme in ensuring the country’s rock solid democratic foundation,” the Governor said.

She thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet for their decision to initiate celebrating November 26 as Constitution Day in 2015. She noted that the day marks a major milestone in the journey and evolution of the country as a sovereign power.

Stating that the country is still in the midst of a Covid-19 pandemic, the Governor appealed to all citizens to take vaccines.

“Please be careful. We have not got rid of Corona yet. Follow all precautions like wearing a mask, washing hands and maintaining social distance,” physician-turned politician Soundararajan said.

The Governor said people were still hesitant to take vaccines. “I am worried about the people who are not taking a second dose of vaccination. If you are not taking the second dose, the first dose is useless,” she said.

The Governor mentioned the argument that despite vaccination, one may get Covid. “You may get it even after vaccination but it will be a mild infection like a common cold,” she said.

She claimed that a survey has shown that 99 per cent people admitted in ICU were non-immunised.

Chief Justice of Telangana High Court Justice Satish Chandra Sharma said that November 26 every year is celebrated as Constitution Day to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India and to highlight the importance of the Constitution and the ideas of Ambedkar.

He said the system of life, livelihood and culture of every citizen of India is governed by the Constitution. He noted that the working of the Constitution also rests with the bar and judiciary in the larger measure.

He observed that technology can not substitute for knowledge and wisdom of judges but it helps in improving the judicial system.

“It is the duty of every citizen to contribute to the efficient and improved working of the Constitution and the institutions created under it. Let us resolve to rededicate ourselves to preserve and protect supremacy of the Constitution and rule of law,” he added.

State ministers K. T. Rama Rao, Prashanth Reddy, Satyavathi Rathore, judges of the High Court and senior officials attended the event.

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Telangana Guv hails scientists, doctors on vax milestone

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Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday lauded the efforts of the scientists, doctors, healthcare workers and all the frontline warriors for their efforts in enabling the country achieve the milestone of administering 100 crore vaccine doses.

“This is a historic day and we have achieved a great landmark in our vaccination drive by administering a record one billion vaccine doses in our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said

The Governor thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his visionary leadership in guiding the country on its massive vaccination drive.

On the occasion of India crossing the 100 crore vaccine doses mark, the Governor has visited the ESIC Medical College and interacted with the doctors, medical students and staff.

She stated that India has disproved the cynicism about the country’s capability to vaccinate its large population and emerged victorious by administering 100 crore vaccine doses in less than a year.

“We are proud that we have taken the vaccines produced indigenously and we have also supplied our vaccines to many other countries. Indian scientists have made us proud,” she said.

The Governor appealed to those who are yet to get vaccinated to take the vaccine at the earliest and shun the vaccine hesitancy so as to protect themselves, their family members and others at large.

She stated that the vaccines proved safe and effective in protecting the people from the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

She witnessed the ongoing vaccination at the ESIC hospital and congratulated a beneficiary on getting vaccinated, while appreciating the doctors and the staff.

Secretary to Governor K. Surendra Mohan, Governor’s husband and eminent Nephrologist Dr. P. Soundararajan, ESIC Medical College Dean Dr. Srinivas and others were present.

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Telangana Guv calls for better health infra to treat snakebite victims

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Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Saturday called for improved healthcare infrastructure in primary health centres to offer timely and better treatment to the snakebite victims.

She said that timely treatment and the availability of anti-venom injections, and trained medical staff at the primary health centres will help save the lives of the snakebite victims.

The governor was addressing the National Snakebite Awareness Summit, organised in a virtual mode by the Integrated Health and Wellbeing Council, New Delhi.

Tamilisai, who is a physician, expressed concern that the country was registering an alarming number of deaths due to the snakebite.

“Most of the deaths are preventable with greater awareness and improved and accessible healthcare,” she added.

She suggested the establishment of dialysis centre attached to the primary health centres to offer the immediate treatment to those with the renal failure due to the snakebite.

Tamilisai Soundararajan called for the region-specific treatment protocols to treat the snakebite victims and to administer the anti-venom injections, when required.

The governor appreciated the efforts of the Integrated Health and Wellbeing Council (IHWC) for its efforts in creating awareness on snakebite prevention and treatment.

IHWC chief executive officer Kamal Narayan, Bharat Serums & Vaccines Limited chief operating officer Vishwanath Swarup, and others were present.

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Governor shocks TRS again: Asks people to celebrate Hyderabad’s liberation

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Governor Tamilisai Saundararajan has dropped another bombshell on the TRS in general and KCR in particular on Friday. In an unprecedented move, she called upon the people Telagnana to celebrate the liberation of Hyderabad state from the clutches of the Nizam. No governor has ever given this call all these years and even Tamilisai did not give this call till now.

Her unexpected and sensational comments have become a hot topic of discussion. Hyderabad’s literation is a potentially explosive issue. With the ruling TRS clearly refusing to call Hyderabad’s accession to India through a military action by the Indian Army a liberation, this statement of the Governor is bound to create a sensation. Governor’s statement runs contrary to the state government’s decision of not calling September 17 Hyderabad’s liberation day.

The BJP has for long been demanding that September 17 be celebrated as Hyderabad’s liberation day. It has been argued that both Karnataka and Maharashtra, parts of which were under Nizam’s tyranny till September 17 , 1948, were celebrating the day as liberation day. Only Telangana has not been celebrating this as a liberation day, the BJP says.

Tamilisai appears to be slowly taking a strident stand on several issues. She had strongly criticised the TRS government’s handling of the Covid second wave. Now, she is also planning to have Janata Durbar, a direct public interface to know the people’s problems. This move will position her against CM KCR and will create a parallel power centre in Telangana.

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Will Governor’s Praja Darbar spell trouble for KCR?

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Telangana Governor Tamilisai Saundararajan is all set to organise People’s Durbar in Rajbhavan. The nitty gritty of this programme is being readied in about ten days. As part of this, she will receive complaints directly from the people and then forward it to the state government for necessary action.

This development is being viewed with concern by the TRS government and CM KCR. This Praja Darbar can put the state government in a spot of bother and the people will flock to the Governor for the redressal of their complaints. This will show the government in a poor light. So, the TRS is naturally worried about this programme. Governor had in the past exposed the shortcomings of the KCR government in handling of Covid. She wrote six letters and personally informed KCR about the problems in Telangan’s Covid care. Her comments that Telangana did not conduct as many tests as needed had caused discomfiture to the KCR government.

Now that she is planning to hold Praja Darbars, the KCR government feels that it will spell trouble for the ruling party.

Ever since Bandi Sanjay took over, the BJP leaders have been meeting the Governor very often. Even the Congress leaders have begun meeting the governor. Realising this, KCR has recently started touring various districts and begun meeting the people at large. He has also begun giving appointments to the ministers and others. Let’s wait and see how the Praja Darbar of the Government will impact the Telangana politics.

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All is not well between KCR and Governor?

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It appears that all is not well between Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.

This is because the Governor has still not given her approval to KCR’s decision to nominate Padi Kaushik Reddy as MLC under Governor’s quota.

The cabinet meeting chaired by KCR approved nomination of Kaushik Reddy as MLC under Governor’s quota on August 1 and referred to Governor for formal approval.

Under normal conditions, the governor will approve and issue a notification within one or two days.

But in this case, the Governor did not approve Kaushik Reddy’s nomination as MLC and did not issue a notification to this effect even after 12 days.

This triggered speculations that Governor is not happy at Kaushik Reddy’s nomination as MLC under Governor’s quota and for that reason she has kept this file pending at Raj Bhavan.

Kaushik Reddy from Huzurabad constituency defected from Congress into TRS in July third week and secured MLC post within ten days of joining TRS.

As per norms, the Governor cannot reject the decision approved by the cabinet. But the governor can take his own time in giving approval.

It seems Tamilisai Soundararajan has been utilising this opportunity to delay Kaushik’s nomination as MLC as long as possible.

KCR used to be very close with previous governor ESL Narasimhan. He used to visit Raj Bhavan almost every week to meet Narasimhan but after Narasimhan was replaced by Tamilisai, KCR is avoiding Raj Bhavan except during unavoidable circumstances like during Legislative Assembly session and national festivals like Independence Day, Republic Day etc.

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