Telangana Legislative Assembly
The First Legislative Assembly of Telangana was constituted on June 2, 2014 - the appointed day of the Telangana State. The first Legislative Assembly hsa members elected to the Assembly in the recent 2014 elections.
There are 119 Assembly constituencies in Telangana. Check list of Telangana MLAs.
- Sirikonda Madhusudana Chary - Telangana Assembly Speaker
- M Padma Devender Reddy - Telangana Deputy Speaker
- Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao - Leader of the House
- K Jana Reddy - Leader of the Opposition
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Legislature Party
The 63 TRS members elected to the Assembly are members of the TRS Legislature Party.
The newly elected Telangana MLAs and MPs at a meeting in Hyderabad on May 17, 2014 have unanimously elected K Chandrasekhar Rao as leader of the TRS Legislature Party. Thus, he is all set to become the first Chief Minister of Telangana State as the party has attained a majority in the Assembly. The name of KCR was proposed by Station Ghanpur MLA T Rajaiah who is a dalit. Having a leader from Dalit community propose the name of KCR for the post of TRSLP leader gained significance as the TRS chief prior to elections had promised to make a dalit as the first Chief Minister of Telangana. The proposal was backed by another dalit MLA.
On March 16, 2016, TDP legislators Revanth Reddy and Sandra Venkata Veeraiah staged a walk out in protest against Speaker S Madhusudana Chary for unfair treatment and not allowing Revanth Reddy to ask a supplementary question on rising prices.
BJP warns TRS government pushing State into debts
On March 18, 2016, BJP floor leader K Laxman warned the TRS government that it is pushing the State into a debt trap by borrowing huge amounts to fund its populist schemes. Participating in the budget discussion, Laxman slammed the government for borrowing Rs. 50,000 crore when the outstanding debt is already Rs. 83,000 crore. He said that the budget for 2016-17 was 30.3 per cent over revised budget estimates for 2015-16. TDP leader Revanth Reddy, YSRCP leader Payam Venkateswarlu and TRS leader V Srinivas Goud also participated.
Rehabilitation to gudumba-brewers
Minister for Excise and Prohibition T Padma Rao said that a total of 6,885 families engaged in gudumba (illicit liquor) brewing across Telangana were identified and are being rehabilitated. They were provided a financial assistance of Rs. 1 lakh to each family for taking up some income-generation activity. The amount includes Rs. 80,000 subsidy and Rs. 20,000 bank loan or beneficiary contribution. An amount of Rs. 5 crore was already released by the government for the rehabilitation of brewers in Dhoolpet area. The government is also planning to set up a high-level committee in Hyderabad to examine possibility of setting up of some small-scale industries in the government land in Dhoolpet for creating permanent livelihood to the families.
Government to buy groundnuts from farmers
Minister for Marketing and Irrigation T Harish Rao said that the government had taken a decision that groundnut seed would be procured only from farmers from this year by agencies such as Oilfed, HACA and Seeds Corporation. He was responding to a question raised by Congress legislator Challa Vamsichand Reddy on March 18.
Chain snatchings come down in Hyderabad and Cyberabad Commissionerate limits
Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy said that the chain snatching incidents have come down considerably in Hyderabad and Cyberabad Police Commissionerate limits after the formation of Telangana State. The number of incidents in Hyderabad was 232 in 2015, 523 in 2014 and 657 in 2013. Only 14 snatching cases have been reported in 2016 so far. In Cyberabad, it was 362 in 2015, 776 in 2014 and 1,013 in 2013 in Cyberabad limits and the number so far this year was 48.
Budget proposals far-fetched says Akbaruddin Owaisi
Participating in the budget discussion on March 19, 2016, MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi said there is wide gap in the estimated revenues and expenditure and actual realisation and spending in the last two budgets. Revenue is not going as expected as per the trends and there is no reason for finance minister's optimism. He also suggested the government to spend funds on welfare programmes instead of spending on non-priority projects like new buildings for Assembly and Secretariat.
Congress MLA Bhatti Vikramarka also criticized the budget saying it is not in tune with aspirations of people. The government failed to allocate funds for KG-to-PG scheme and the debt relief installments for farmers did not bring relief to them. TRS MLA Gadari Kishore said the budget focused on economic and social development of all sections of people.
Finance Minister Etela Rajender convinced government will reach its targets
In a reply to the budget, on March 19, 2016, Finance Minister Etela Rajender reiterated that the State government would achieve the revised targets of the 2015-16 budget and the proposals of the 2016-17 budget as presented in the recent budget. He said that the public debt is under control and that the economic indicators were encouraging. The public debt of Rs. 83,846 crore amounts to 16 per cent of the State Gross Domestic Product (GSDP) of Rs. 5.22 lakh crore till the end of 2014-15 and is only next to Chhattisgarh in the country. However, several members of the opposition were still apprehensive of the Minister's claims.
Speaker allows merger of YSR Congress Party into Telangana Rashtra Samithi
Speaker of Legislative Assembly S Madhusudana Chary allowed the merger of the YR Congress Legislature Party into the Telangana Rashtra Samithi after the three YSRCP MLAs Panyam Venkateswarlu, Thati Venkateswarlu and Banoth Madan Lal requested the Speaker to merge them with the TRS Legislature Party. A bulletin was released to this effect on May 6, 2016. Meanwhile, the YSR Congress Party termed the merger unethical and unconstitutional and said it would challenge the decision in the court.