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Telangana Governor rejects a pending Bill


Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has rejected one of the three Bills pending with her, amid the continuing rift with the state government.

She rejected the Telangana Public Employment (Regulation of Age of Superannuation) (Amendment) Bill.

The Bill was passed by the state legislature to include Director of Medical Education and Additional Director of Medical Education among the categories of professors, associate professors and assistant professors of government medical colleges for the purpose of superannuation age and raise the superannuation age from 61 years to 65 years.

The development came before the Supreme Court resumed hearing on the state government’s petition seeking direction to the Governor to take a decision on Bills pending with her.

Thr Supreme Court was informed a few days ago that the Telangana State Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) (Amendment Bill, the Telangana Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill, and the Telangana Public Employment (Regulation of Age of Superannuation) (Amendment) Bill wereunder active consideration of the Governor.

It was also told that the Governor has given her assent to three bills. They are the Telangana Motor Vehicles Taxation (Amendment) Bill, Telangana Municipalities (Amendment Bill), and the Professor Jayashankar Telangana Agricultural University (Amendment) Bill.

She sent the University of Forestry Telangana Bill and the Telangana Universities Common Recruitment Board Bill to the President for her consideration and assent.

The apex court was told that the Governor had sought certain clarification from the state government in regard to the Telangana Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill. It was also informed that the Azamabad Industrial Area (Termination and Regulation of Leases) (Amendment) Bill has not been submitted yet by the Law Department to the Governor for consideration.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition by the state government seeking direction to the Governor to take a decision on the Bills pending with her.

In a writ petition, the state government brought to the notice of the Supreme Court that 10 Bills are pending with Raj Bhavan. While seven Bills were pending since September 2022, three Bills were sent to the Governor in February for her approval.

The petition pleaded the Supreme Court to declare as illegal, irregular and unconstitutional the delay by the governor.

The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) slammed the Governor for giving assent to only three out of 10 pending bills.

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TSPSC paper leak: Congress urges Telangana Governor to use special powers


The Congress in Telangana on Wednesday urged Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan to exercise her special powers to take action in the question paper leak that has rocked the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC).

A delegation of state Congress leaders led by state chief A. Revanth Reddy met the governor at Raj Bhavan and submitted a memorandum.

The delegation appealed to the Governor to exercise her special powers to dissolve the TSPSC until the investigation in the case is completed.

Revanth Reddy told reporters after the meeting that attempts were being made to shield TSPSC Chairman, Secretary and Section Officer, who should face the probe by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

He stated that under Article 317 of the Constitution, the Governor has the powers to suspend those in the TSPSC who are involved in the paper leak. “Only then can the probe into the case be transparent,” he said.

He said that the Governor told the delegation that she will look into the issue and take necessary action after seeking legal opinion.

Revanth Reddy said the paper leak has made the future of lakhs of unemployed youth uncertain. He reiterated the allegation that those holding top positions in the government were involved in the case.

The Congress leader alleged that employees of IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao’s department played a key role in the scam. “We urged the Governor to prosecute KTR as there are allegations that employees of KTR’s department have played a key role in this paper leak,” he said.

He reiterated the allegations a day before he is to appear before the SIT, which has summoned him to provide information in support of his allegations.

The SIT, which has stepped up the probe with the questioning of nine accused, has served notice to him.

Revanth Reddy had earlier claimed that KTR’s PA Tirupati and one of the key accused in the case, Rajasekhara Reddy, were friends. He also claimed that Tirupati helped Rajasekhar Reddy Aget a job in the Telangana State Technological Services (TSTS) on outsourcing basis and later ensured he lands a job in the TSPSC in a key role.

Rajasekhar Reddy is one of the two employees of the TSPSC who have been arrested by the police for question paper leak. A network expert, he allegedly copied question papers of several exams from confidential systems in the Commission and gave the same to Praveen Kumar, who then shared it with some aspirants for money.

The TSPSC had conducted the examination on March 5 for 833 vacancies of Assistant Engineer, Municipal Assistant Engineer, Technical Officer, and Junior Technical Officer in various engineering departments. A total of 55,000 candidates had written the exam.

However, the Commission suspected leakage of the question paper and lodged a complaint with the police.

On March 13, police arrested nine people including two employees of the TSPSC.

Following the arrests, the Commission cancelled the exam and also postponed other exams scheduled to be held later this month.

Amid doubts that the accused may have leaked question papers of some other exams, the Commission also cancelled three other exams including Group I Prelims.

Nearly 2.86 lakh aspirants of Group I posts had appeared in Group-I exam conducted on October 16, 2022.

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Telangana Budget session to begin with Governor’s address


After the unprecedented rift between Telangana Governor and BRS government in the state, the Budget Session of the state legislature is all set to begin from Friday.

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan will address the joint session of the Assembly and the Council on the first day.

After a gap of two years, she will be addressing the state legislature on the first day of the Budget session.

Last year, the government had conducted the Budget session without customary speech by the Governor, triggering a row between the Governor and the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS).

The ruling party had defended the move on the ground that it was not a new session but a continuation of the earlier session.

This time when the government again tried to go ahead with the Budget session with the Governor’s address, Tamilisai stalled the move by delaying the approval for the Budget sent by the state government.

The Raj Bhavan had sent a communication to the government, enquiring if the arrangements were made for the Governor’s address.

The rift took a new turn early this week with the state government filing a petition in the state High Court, seeking direction to the Governor to approve the Budget.

The bench of Chief Justice Ujjal Bhuyan and Justice N. Tukaramji asked the counsels to amicably resolve the matter and not drag the court into it.

Counsels of both the Raj Bhavan and the government held talks and reached an agreement.

While the government agreed to have speech by the Governor on the first day of the session, the latter agreed to approve the Budget.

The same evening, Minister for Legislative Affairs Vemula Prashanth Reddy and special chief secretary K. Ramakrishna Rao called on the Governor at the Raj Bhavan, following which she consented to clear the Budget statement.

The next day, Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan issued a notification, summoning the second Telangana Legislative Assembly and Council to meet for its fourth meeting of the Eighth Session at 12.10 p.m. on February 3, Friday.

This will be her first address to the Assembly since 2019.

Amid the latest row, Minister for Industries and Information Technology, K.T. Rama Rao called for abolishing the office of the Governor as it was introduced by the British.

He also alleged that Telangana Raj Bhavan is being used as a political weapon against the state.

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