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Lakshmi Manchu urges Telangana govt to institutionalise digital education


Welcoming the Telangana government’s decision to implement the ‘Mana Ooru-Mani Badi’ programme in all government schools, actress Lakshmi Manchu has urged the state government to focus on “institutionalising digital education”.

In a statement, the actress said, “As an individual who has been actively working in the government schools of our country for the last seven years through our organisation, Teach for Change Trust, I wholeheartedly welcome and applaud the announcement by the Government of Telangana which will rapidly change the face of public schools and mitigate the dropout rates by providing quality education to all the children of Telangana.

“I truly believe that this visionary move by the Government of Telangana is going to transform the education system in the state over the next three years and pave the path for creating educational equity in our country,” she said.

Requesting the Telangana government to focus on institutionalising digital education, the actress said, “We, at ‘Teach for Change’, have seen positive impact in government schools by providing ICT infrastructure and dedicated ICT trainers. We would be more than happy to share our processes and curriculum to strengthen the foundational learning for primary school children with the Education Ministry if it would help the community at large.”

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Telangana govt imposes restrictions on New Year celebrations!


The Telangana state government on Saturday (today) issued orders imposing restrictions on New Year celebrations to check spread of Omicron variant.

The restrictions came into force with immediate effect and will be in force till January 2, 2022.

The government also prohibited all rallies and public meetings till January 2.

However, the events such as New Year events involving congregation of people will be permitted with certain conditions.

Physical distancing should be ensured within the venue. No persona without a mask will be allowed in the venue. IR thermometers/ thermal scanners should be arranged at the entry point to sca persons entering the venue.

The orders for imposition of Rs 1,000 penalty for not wearing masks by people in public places should be strictly enforced.

The restrictions followed the orders issued by Telangana High Court on December 23 directing state government to impose restrictions ahead of Christmas, New Year and Sankranthi to prevent public gatherings to check spread of Covid and Omicron variant.

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T’gana govt to receive claims on Podu lands from Nov 8


The Telangana government on Saturday said that it will begin the process of accepting claims from tribals to settle the long-pending Podu land issue from November 8 and end by December 8.

Village committees will be formed as per the Recognition of Forest Rights (ROFR) Act to receive the claims.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has directed officials to appoint a nodal officer for every two or three villages, a Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) at the sub division level and a Collector at the district level, to monitor the process.

Podu lands are the lands tilled by tribals in the forests and there has been clashes over this between them and the forest department.

Following assurance given in the state Assembly to address this issue,Rao directed his officials to launch an action plan to settle the claims.

At a meeting held by the Chief Minister with top officials on Saturday, it was revealed that 87 per cent of Podu lands have been encroached in 12 districts – Bhadradri-Kothagudem, Komaram Bhim Asifabad, Adilabad, Jayashankar Bhoopalpally, Kamareddy, Khammam, Nirmal, Warangal, Nalgonda and Nizamabad.

Rao instructed the district collectors to convene an all-party meeting in the districts on solving Podu land issues and protection of forestlands.

“There should be a unanimous opinion from the all-party leaders on providing ROFR rights to those already doing the Podu cultivation and later ensuring that not even an inch of forestland is encroached.”

Rao said MPs, ZP (Zilla Parishad) chairpersons, MPPs (Mandal Praja Parishads), MLAs, ZPTCs (Zilla Parishad Territorial COnstituencies), and other public representatives should participate in the meeting.

He also suggested that head of the villages and other public representatives be encouraged to protect the forestland.

In a bid to revive and develop forestlands as thick forests while solving the Podu land issues and protecting the forestlands, Rao instructed the Collectors, Forest and Police department officials to take stringent action against those destroying the forests while extending help to the innocent tribals who are dependent on the forest.

He also directed the officials to prepare a comprehensive action plan to identify thick forests and free them from encroachments.

At the meeting he said: “Innocent tribals have always protected the forests like their own lives. It is those coming from outside who destroy the forests. Tribal children belonging to Gond, Koya, and Kolam communities, would never harm the forest. We must invoke Preventive Detention (PD) Act to stop people coming from the outside to destroy the forests.”

He also suggested that all those tribals involved in the Podu cultivation within the forest should be provided with an alternative government land nearby for cultivation.

“If there is no government land available, they should be provided with land on the outer periphery of the forest. They should also be given free water, power and residential homes. Boundaries of forestlands must be fixed and protection trench should be formed and on the trench Nicker Nuts (Gacchakayi). For the formation of the trench along with the forest funds, Employment Guarantee Scheme funds should be utilised,” he said.

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Telangana distributes over 3 lakh new ration cards


The Telangana government on Monday took up distribution of over three lakh new ration cards across the state.

Ministers and legislators distributed the food security cards to the beneficiaries at programmes held in all the districts.

Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar, along with Tribal, and Women and Child Welfare Minister Satyavati Rathore formally launched the distribution of ration cards in Jayashankar-Bhupalpally district.

He said 4.15 lakh families had applied for ration cards while a total of 3,09,082 cards are being distributed across the state, claiming that this is the first time anywhere in the country that over 3 lakh ration cards are being distributed in a single day.

Over eight lakh new beneficiaries will get 6 kg rice each at a subsidised price of Re 1 per kg from August.

The state already has 87.41 lakh ration cards and 2.80 crore beneficiaries. With the distribution of new cards, the total number has gone up to 91 lakh, and the number of beneficiaries increased to 2.88 crore.

The state government will have to spend an additional Rs 200 crore per annum to supply nearly 6,000 metric tonnes of rice to the 8.65 lakh new beneficiaries.

The minister said the government is spending Rs 231 crore on public distribution system every month, and allocating Rs 2,766 crore for the purpose every year.

Kamalakar directed officials to open ration sub-centres in remote areas and ensure that those unable to come to ration shops get the ration at their doorsteps.

The minister noted that the production of food grains, especially paddy, has increased manifold over the last seven years due to the measures taken by the TRS government to promote agriculture and for welfare of farmers.

He pointed out that on one hand, farmers are getting 24 hour free electricity while on the other, the government is also providing them investment support. The completion of irrigation projects also ensured availability of abundant water. “As a result of all these, Telangana has today reached to the position of being Annapurna (food provider) for the country,” he said.

Rathore said the state government was working with the vision that nobody in the state should go hungry.

She said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has directed that ration cards should be issued to all the applicants, and that the Chief Minister was not only taking care of the poor in the state but he also extended helping hand to migrant workers during Covid-19 pandemic by giving them Rs 500, rice and other essential commodities.

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TS Govt hikes registration charges, market value of lands/ flats from July 22, 2021


The Telangana state government on Tuesday issued orders increasing market value of lands/ flats and registration charges, stamp duty with effect from July 22, 2021.

The rates were revised for the first time after the formation of Telangana State in 2014.

The previous revision was done in Undivided AP in 2013, which continue to be in force even today.

The registration charges, stamp duty has been increased from 6% to 7.5%.

All registrations which will take place on or after July 22, 2021, will be as per new rates even if registration slots have been booked and payments have been made earlier.

The lowest value of agriculture lands has been fixed at Rs 75,000 per acre . For agriculture lands, the existing values have been enhanced by 50% in ower range, 40% in mid range and 30% in higher range.

In case of open plots, the lowest value earlier was Rs 100 per squared yard, which has now been revised to Rs 200 per square yard. The basic values for open plots have been revised by 50% in lower range, 40% in mid range and 30% in higher range.

The existing lowest value for flats/ apartments was Rs 800 per sft which has now been revised to Rs 1,000 per sft. In case of flats/ apartments, the increase is by 20% in lower ranges and 30% in higher ranges.

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Now, Khanamet land sale fetch Rs 729 cr to TS Govt at Rs 48.92 per acre


After Kokapet lands sale yesterday which fetched Rs 2,000 crore, the Telangana state government today (Friday) auctioned lands in Khanamet, nearly Hitex/HICC, abutting Hitech City.

Just five plots of size ranging from 2 acres to 3.69 acres were put for e-auction.

The minimum upset price fixed by state government was Rs 25 crore per acre.

But the highest bid quoted was Rs 55 crore per acre while the lowest bid was Rs 43.60 crore per acre.

The total land sale fetched Rs 729.41 crore for Telangana government at the average price of Rs 48.92 crore per acre.

Linkwell Telesystems Pvt Ltd purchased 3.15 acres for Rs 153.09 crore at the rate of Rs 48.60 crore per acre.

Uptown Life Projects Pvt Ltd purchased 3.15 acres for Rs 137.34 crore at the rate of Rs 43.50 crore per acre.

GVPR Engineers Ltd purchased 3.69 acres for Rs 185.98 crore at the rate of Rs 50.40 crore per acre.

Manjeera Constructions Ltd purchased 2.92 acres for Rs 160.60 crore at the rate of Rs 55 crore per acre.

Linkwell Telesystems purchased another plot of 2 acres for Rs 92.40 crore at the rate of Rs 46.20 crore per acre.

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After TS Govt, municipalities, corporations to do ‘realty business’


The Telangana state government has recently put up prime land parcels for sale on Hyderabad city outskirts under HMDA limits to raise funds for welfare schemes and development programmes.

After this auction of land parcels on July 16, the TS government is planning to sell flats/ plots of TS Housing Board to raise funds.

In a way, the TS government is doing ‘real estate business’ to generate funds.

Now, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has allowed municipalities and municipal corporations across Telangana to do ‘real estate business’ to raise funds for development of cities and towns.

The Telangana state cabinet which met on Tuesday approved municipalities, municipal corporations to do ‘land pooling’ and develop layouts and sell them.

Municipalities and municipal corporations will approach land owners to hand over them lands for ‘land pooling’ to develop layouts. In return, the municipalities and municipal corporations will offer developed plots to land owners. The leftover plots will be taken over by municipalities and corporations and will be put up for sale.

Since these are government-developed layouts, they expect huge demand from buyers for plots in these layouts as they don’t need to fear illegal layouts not getting approvals for construction of buildings etc.

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Tollywood’s special requests for Telangana Government


The coronavirus pandemic shattered the exhibition industry completely. The film industry is the last one to resume work. Though the restrictions are lifted, the theatres in Telangana are yet to reopen. The Telangana Film Chamber is meeting on a regular basis and they are ready with several requests for the government of Telangana. Several single screens in the state are completely shut and they are converted into shopping malls and function halls.

The Telangana Film Chamber wants the government of Telangana to scrap the GO 75. The Telangana government wanted to reduce the burden on film lovers and canceled the parking fees in theatres. Now the exhibitors are requesting the Telangana government to scrap the GO as the parking fee happens to be one of the sources of revenue for them. They also want the government of Telangana to waive off the electricity charges during the pandemic season.

The theatres are shut since April and the Telangana Film Chamber is requesting the Telangana government to waive off the power charges during this season. They also have other requests of reducing the property tax and exclude the exhibition industry from GST for the next two years to save the exhibition sector. We have to wait to see how Telangana Chief Minister KCR and his government reacts to the proposals.

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TS cabinet key decision: 3 govt super speciality hospitals in Hyd


The Telangana State Cabinet on Saturday approved the construction of three more super speciality hospitals under the GHMC limits and to modernise existing TIMS-Gachibowli as a super speciality hospital keeping in view the needs of people.

Among the three new super speciality hospitals, one would be on the premises of Government Chest Hospital, the second one at the fruit
market premises at Gaddi Annaram area where the fruit market is shifted and the third one in Medchel Malkajgiri district between Alwal
and the ORR. In all the Cabinet has decided to set up four super speciality hospitals including the TIMS.

The State Cabinet has ratified the decision taken by government to modernize the existing vegetable market in Kothapet and convert into
an integrated vegetable and meat market.

The agriculture department officials informed the cabinet that the paddy yield last year was more than 3 Crore tonnes. So far this
season, till this month the rainfall was more than 60 per cent than the normal rainfall. The rainfall is more than 5 per cent compared to
the last year; the agriculture department briefed the cabinet.

The marketing department stated that the government had procured 1.4 crore tonnes of paddy last year, the traders purchased 1.6 crore
tonnes and the rest is used by people for their own needs. The agriculture department informed the cabinet that so far Rs 5,145 crore
had already deposited in the farmers’ accounts this kharif under Rythu Bandhu.

The Cabinet has instructed the officials concerned to re launch the sheep distribution scheme for the Yadavs who are in the shepherd
rearing profession. The cabinet also instructed the officials to take all the necessary measures to set up modern hair dressing saloons in the villages as decided earlier for the benefit of Nayi Brahmin professionals.

The cabinet also instructed that measures should be taken to ensure that the toddy tappers get the insurance immediately, release of ex
gratia amount to toddy and fisheries workers, to release funds to the MBC Corporation for the benefit of other hereditary professions. Like
the way farmers’ insurance is being paid quickly, insurance to hereditary professionals should also be paid. The cabinet also
instructed the officials to take measures to pay the handloom workers’ insurance.

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Doubts over TS Govt fixing Rs 25 crore per acre price in Hyd!


The Telangana state government has recently put nearly 65 acres of land on Hyderabad city outskirts for auction to raise revenues.

Accordingly, the HMDA had issued notification on June 15 to auction lands. Most of these land parcels (plots) are located in prime IT corridor area in western part of the city which commands huge real estate value.

However, the government fixing minimum bid price of Rs 25 crore per acre has surprised corporates, builders and realtors.

This is because the land parcels in these areas fetched Rs 35 crore to Rs 40 crore during earlier auctions in 2016, 2017 etc. Many expected that the minimum price could be Rs 40 crore per acre.

This has raised doubts over the motives behind TRS government for fixing lower price.

Several builders and realtors in Telangana are considered close to CM KCR and his son KTR.

Opposition parties allege that few builders close to KCR and KTR have brought pressure on government to fix lower price so that they can claim valuable lands for lower price and earn heavy profits later.

Builders and realtors close to TRS are allegedly bringing pressure on others not to file bids or quote higher prices. They reportedly formed a ring to grab valuable lands for cheaper prices.

Whether these doubts are right or wrong would be known only on July 16 when bids will be opened.

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Flipkart partners with Telangana for ‘Medicines from Sky’ project


Flipkart, India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace, on Friday announced its partnership with the Telangana government to lead a consortium tasked with the development and execution of the drone deliveries of medical supplies to remote areas under the ‘Medicines from the Sky’ project.

As part of the consortium, Flipkart will utilise learnings from its tech-enabled supply chain to deploy drones and enable deliveries of medical supplies. These efforts will be complemented with technologies such as geo mapping, routing of shipments and track and trace of location etc., developed by Flipkart over the years in serving millions of customers across the country, the e-commerce giant said.

A combination of these technologies will then be used to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) deliveries in remote areas of the state where the road infrastructure is not conducive for fast delivery of vaccines.

The pilot project, which is expected to be conducted for over six days, will be tested out for delivering thousands of vaccines while keeping in mind all the safety and efficiency parameters.

“The Covid-19 crisis has pushed the envelope in the rapid development of scalable and robust technologies and the Medicines from the Sky project is a testament to that. It is a decisive step in making use of cutting-edge technologies for the safety and wellbeing of the masses,” said Rajneesh Kumar, Senior Vice-President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Flipkart.

“We are proud to partner the Telangana government in leading the consortium by utilising our nuanced understanding of supply chain and technologies governing automated movement of shipments in fulfilling the dire needs of citizens across the state. This pilot will set the premise for the utilisation of drone systems in providing healthcare and product delivery in remote areas and even during disasters,” he added.

Telangana’s Principal Secretary, IT and I&C, Jayesh Ranjan said Telangana has been a pioneer in using technology for improving the lives of the citizens. “Using drones to deliver healthcare supplies to people in remote and inaccessible areas is a one-of-a-kind initiative ever undertaken in our country and we are happy to lead this initiative in collaboration with partners such as Flipkart. This will go a long way in testing best-in-class technology solutions to tide over future crises,” he said.

The ‘Medicines from the Sky’ is a project conceived by the World Economic Forum and Healthnet Global Ltd that outlines the requirements for drone delivery and how to assess proposals. The Telangana government has adopted this framework to implement drones for last mile delivery and will integrate them into the state’s healthcare supply chain.

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Land issues getting priority over Corona in Telangana!


The second wave of corona has become extremely dangerous in the country and claiming thousands of lives every day. Telangana State is no exception.

Neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has imposed day curfew from 12 noon today (Wednesday) to check the spread of corona virus. Several other states have also imposed.

The Telangana High Court on Wednesday asked state government to consider imposing at least weekend lockdown.

But Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar made it clear on Wednesday that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is not keen on imposing any further lockdowns in state saying that lockdowns will serve no purpose except causing huge financial losses to all.

On the other hand, entire state administration is busy doing investigation into alleged land scams by Etela Rajender, the health minister who was sacked from cabinet by KCR recently.

Entire Telangana media is highlighting land scams more than corona pandemic while people are suffering unable to get vaccines, oxygen, hospital beds, ventilators etc.

This is triggering anger among various sections over whether unearthing land scams are important at this stage or deal with corona pandemic in a more focussed manner to save valuable lives of people.

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33 air ambulances land in Hyderabad in 15 days, says T’gana govt


As many as 33 medical air ambulances from various parts of the country shifted critically-ill patients to Hyderabad for advanced treatment during the last 15 days.

This was revealed on Wednesday by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, who claimed that Hyderabad has become medical treatment capital of India.

“If you go to any hospital in the city, you will find patients from states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Chhattisgarh. During the last 15 days, 33 medical air ambulances came from various parts of country which shows that people don’t find such treatment elsewhere,” he said.

The Chief Secretary, who was addressing a news conference, maintained that the Covid situation in Telangana was under control.

Asked if the state would import vaccines, he said inquires were made and the state was exploring the possibility but procedure and rules are controlled by the Centre.

Somesh Kumar, who recently held talks with vaccine manufacturers, said the manufacturers were planning to ramp up production after June-July.

He hoped that the vaccine situation would ease with the production of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine by Biological E.

He also said the state government was corresponding with the Centre seeking increased allocation of vaccines and it has also written to companies.

He said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for increasing vaccine supplies to the state.

Somesh Kumar said vaccination for 18-44 age group has been kept in abeyance due to lack of adequate supply from the Centre. “The state has 1.72 crore population in this age group and it requires 3.40 crore vaccines but they (Centre) have allotted only 3.90 lakh doses for the month of May,” he said.

He said the state government continued administering doses to people over 45 years. However, vaccination is being done only for those pre-booking due to less supply from the Centre and also to prevent crowding at the centres.

The state has so far administered 42.24 lakh doses. Vaccination for people above 45 years is not happening in private hospitals now as under the new policy announced by the Centre, the hospitals have to procure vaccines directly from manufacturers.

About Remdesvir injection, he said till the state had control over the drug and things were under control. The state ordered 5 lakh doses in view of the demand but the Centre was giving only 5,000 vials per day.

The state has told the high court that the state required 25,000 vials and the court directed the Centre to provide another 20,000 vials.

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Telangana rules out lockdown, says situation under control


The Telangana government on Wednesday ruled out imposing a lockdown in the state, saying the Covid situation in the state is under control.

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar told reporters that a downward trend had started in the new cases and hoped that the situation would soon become normal.

He said the government was of the view that there was no need for imposing lockdown in the state now or in future.

He also said their observation was that lockdown was of not much help in controlling the situation.

The Chief Secretary said the government would consider and take a decision on the Telangana High Court’s suggestion to impose week-end lockdown or extend night curfew beyond May 8.

He claimed that the situation in Telangana was better compared to other states in the country.

“If you see the cases over last 10 days, the trend is clear. Things are under control and cases are on decline,” he said.

The Chief Secretary said that Telangana did not face big problem in the second wave as the state ramped up health infrastructure after the first wave.

In September last year, the state had 18,000 beds in government and private hospitals treating Covid. Today the number has gone up to 52,000 beds. He said the state had adequate number of testing kits and sufficient stocks of medicines.

He claimed that the state has also efficiently handled the situation with regard to supply of medical oxygen.

“So far we have been able to manage well. At every hospital, we are doing oxygen audit. We have formed teams to ensure there is no shortage. If we get more oxygen from the government of India, we will manage the situation without any problem,” he said.

The Chief Secretary said while the situation in the state was under control, there were some problems due to panic created through social media messages and also some people hoarding oxygen or medicines like Remdisivir out of panic.

He said the government was adopting a new strategy with focus on outreach to people. Teams have been formed in Greater Hyderabad and other districts for door-to-door survey and to distribute medicine kits to those having Covid symptoms.

Covid outpatient services have also been started in government hospitals, primary health centres and sub-centres.

“Our slogan is start treatment if you have symptoms. ICMR guidelines also say the same. The medicine kit has two packets. If the symptoms persist even after five days, take the medicines from another packet,” he said.

He said a call centre was already working in Greater Hyderabad to provide Covid related information. Similar call centres are being opened in all districts.

The Chief Secretary also denied that the government is suppressing information relating to Covid cases or deaths.

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Telangana govt cancels SSC exams, postpones Inter exams due to corona


The Telangana state government on Thursday (today) issued orders cancelling SSC public exams and postponing Intermediate public exams this year due to increasing corona cases in the state.

As per original schedule, the inter theory exams should be held from May 1 to 19 and SSC exams from May 17 to 26.

However, after reviewing the corona situation in the state, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao decided to cancel SSC exams as the government felt that it will not be safe to conduct exams for lakhs of students at this stage which may worsen corona situation further.

The SSC Board will devise objective criteria to award marks to students without exams.

Students not satisfied with marks allotted will be given an opportunity to write exams as and when the corona situation improves.

Inter first-year students will be promoted without exams and exams will be held whenever becomes possible at future date.

Inter second year exams were postponed. Review will be held in the first week of June and future dates will be announced with at least 15 days notice for the exam.

Last year too, the state government cancelled all SSC, Inter exams and promoted students without exams due to corona lockdown.

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TS Govt makes masks mandatory, no public gatherings till April 30


The Telangana state government on Saturday (today) issued orders making wearing a mask in public places mandatory.

The state government also imposed restrictions on public gatherings, congregations, rallies and processions, etc during the upcoming religious events till April 30, 2021 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

These orders were issued in the wake of increasing corona positive cases in Telangana for the last few days.

The GO issued by the state government stated, “It is hereby reiterated that wearing of masks in all public places, workspaces and public means of transport shall be
mandatory across the state. Any deviation in this regard shall attract prosecution under Section 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act 2005 and Section 188 IPC as well as other applicable laws.”

The government directed all collectors and district magistrates and commissioners/ superintendents of police in the state to strictly implement the above restrictions.

“Congregations pose a considerable threat of rapid transmission of Covid-19. Therefore, it is decided that public celebrations/observances should not be allowed in the state during upcoming religious events such as Shab-e-Barat, Holi, Ugadi, Rama Navami,Mahavir Jayanti, Good Friday, Ramzan etc till April 30, 2021,” the GO stated.

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Telangana’s ‘Dharani’ project hits legal roadblock


The Telangana government’s ambitious ‘Dharani’ portal project has hit a legal roadblock.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court directed the government not to pressurize or force the non-agricultural property to part with their personal information for uploading in the Dharani portal.  

The High Court, in an interim order, asked the government to exercise restrain with the ongoing State-wide survey to gather information on the non-agricultural properties and various personal details of property owners. 

Further, the court directed the government to protect and safeguard the personal information of the property owners it had so far gathered through its survey. The court also asked the government there will no security to the information being collected from the citizens and uploaded on the Dharani portal.

A petition was filed in the High Court challenging the Telangana government’s decision for entry of non-agricultural properties and personal information such as Aaadhar, caste, and other details of the property owners on the Dharani platform.  

The petitioners G R Karunakar of Rangareddy district and CV Narayana Rao contended that the government was gathering personal details of the property owners like Aadhaar card, caste, and non-agricultural properties which will be kept in the public domain and can be accessed by anyone. In fact, the government’s decision is not backed either by an executive instruction signed by the State Governor or by a statute.

The Telangana government has already launched a survey/enrolment of non-agricultural properties in gram panchayats, municipalities, and municipal corporations, including the GHMC limits, to update details on the Dharani portal for the issue of non-agricultural passbooks.

The government has been collecting details such as the Aadhaar card, property tax receipt, water connection number, electricity bill, plot area, undivided share in case of a residential flat, and other details to be uploaded onto the portal. Several property owners in Hyderabad opposed the government’s move to gather personal details on the ground that it is an infringement on their privacy.

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Telangana govt honours HC verdict, puts off SSC exams in entire state


While the Jagan government has been repeatedly defying the Andhra Pradesh High Court verdicts and challenging its directives in the Supreme Court, the Telangana government has honoured the HC verdict on SSC exams.

The KCR government on Saturday decided to put off the SSC examinations in the entire state although the Telangana High Court gave a directive not to hold the exams only in Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Ranga Reddy districts. Consequently, the Telangana government will inform the High Court of its decision to postpone the SSC examinations on Monday. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting.

On Saturday, ending a month-long suspense over the SSC examinations, the Telangana High Court had directed the KCR government to postpone SSC examinations in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits and Ranga Reddy while allowing the board to conduct the examination in the rest of the state. The court has ordered the Telangana Education Board to take necessary precautions while conducting the examination in the other districts. However, the state government had decided to put off the exams in the entire state as it will be difficult to set different question papers in different districts.

On May 18, the Telangana High Court gave a green signal for the conduct of the SSC examinations in the State from June 8, but suggested that certain measures have to be initiated by the government. However, in view of the alarming rise in corona cases in Telangana, a petition was filed in the High Court with an appeal to direct the State government to emulate the Punjab grading system. The Punjab government had cancelled the class 10 exams and decided that students will be promoted based on their performance in pre-Board exams.

Earlier in the day, the Telangana High Court pulled the KCR government if the lives of the students were more important than conducting SSC examinations.

Hearing a petition on conducting SSC exams, the High Court asked the AG why the Telangana government cannot explore the possibility of emulating the grading system adopted by Punjab. Further, the High Court had asked the Telangana government to conduct SSC examinations in all the districts barring Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy which have reported a surge of Covid-19 cases over the last one month or so.

To this, the AG informed the High Court that it is nearly impossible to hold the examinations at separate dates in different districts. It will be difficult to set the question papers for different districts. Advocate General B S Prasad argued that the state government had initiated all the necessary steps taken to conduct the SSC exams between June 8 and July 5. The government had procured thermal screening kits, masks and gloves and more than 4,000 medical staff were appointed. To this the High Court had asked the AG if the lives of the students are more important than the technical problems that the government is likely to face in conducting the SSC exams at different dates in different districts.

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TS Govt rejects High Court proposal to end RTC strike!


It seems that Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao is in no mood to take steps to end TSRTC strike, which entered 40th day today.

KCR directed officials not to accept High Court proposal to constitute a high level committee comprising of three retired Supreme Court judges to mediate between TS government and RTC unions to resolve the strike.

High Court mooted this proposal yesterday and sought TS government’s opinion on it.

Following the directions of KCR, the TS government officials filed an affidavit in High Court today expressing TS government reluctance to constitute a committee.

The government said in the affidavit that there was no need for another committee when the RTC strike is in the purview of Labour Court.

The goverment requested court to give directions to Labour Court to take a call on RTC strike as per the existing Acts and procedures.

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Telangana to hike Muslim quota to 12%


The Telangana government on Saturday decided to hike the reservations for the socially and economically backward among Muslims to 12 per cent from the existing four per cent.

The decision was taken by the state cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The cabinet also decided to increase the quota for the Scheduled Tribes (STs) from the current seven per cent to 10 per cent, official sources said.

Both the Houses of the state legislature will be meeting on Sunday for a special session to pass a bill for increasing the quantum of reservation for Muslims and STs in education and jobs.

As this will take the overall reservations in the state beyond the prescribed limit of 50 per cent, the legislature will pass Telangana Reservation Bill and send it to the Centre with a request to include it in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution as was done in the case of Tamil Nadu.

Chandrasekhar Rao said Telangana was following the model of Tamil Nadu, where the overall quota for different groups is 69 per cent.

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