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

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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!

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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%

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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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Ease of Doing Business: TS upset over World Bank

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The World Bank report on ease of doing business in the Indian states seems to have affected morale of the new-born Telangana state. The state expressed displeasure at the World Bank report that pushed the TS to the 13 positions with 42.45 pc. marks. Telangana government which recently released its investor-friendly industrial policy is hopeful of attracting huge investments. The very objective 10-day trip to China by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is to woo Chinese investors to the state banking on the friendly enviroment created in the state by the TRS government. But, the findings of the World Bank study have told a different story. What worried the TRS is the time of the report ie it is made public when KCR busy in showcasing the investment attractiveness of Telangana. If it is an ordinary study, Telangana would not have taken this into congnizance. But, the reports is prepared World Bank in association with professional organizations.

TRS expressed doubts over authenticity of the report. Party MP from Bhongir Dr Boora Narasiah Goud said all the NDA ruled states had got good ranking in the report. ” As we all know , Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu stand first in attracting the investments. But, the ranks are given to Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. And Telangana is assigned 13th rank. This naturally gives rise to doubts in the minds of the people,” he said questioning reliability of the parameters followed in the preparation of report.

“The T state is attracting investments in a big way. Telangana is faring well on all the parameters individually such as Corruption, Land availability, Getting permission, Power, Land registration etc. Then, how can Telangana be pushed to 13 position. Doubts are being raised on the authenticity of the report,” Dr Goud said.

He also said the preparation of report lacked transparency. ” An organization like World Bank should adopt a transparent methodology while assigning ranks to the state as a whole,” he added.

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