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Telangana News in March 2016
- Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao spoke for about one-and-a-half hour in reply to the debate on Appropriation Bill. He started the economic buoyancy was very healthy and that the borrowings of the State were well within the limits of provisions. The Appropriation Bill was later passed with a voice vote. Some of the highlights of his speech are:
- It was not possible for any government to achieve 100 per cent of what is proposed in the budget estimates. Allocations would be based on certain assumptions and hopes
- Average spending during the 10-year Congress rule was 79.52 per cent of the plan budget and it was 80.33 during 2015-16
- Functioning of the government was endorsed by the people in various elections
- Percentage of borrowings to per captia income was 18, second only to Chhattisgarh
- Debt of Telangana was only 16.1 per cent of GSDP against 47 per cent of GDP for Government of India
- Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao told the Assembly that the government is giving top priorities for Irrigation, energy, drinking water and infrastructure development in that order
- TPCC President N Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the government is pusing the State into a debt trap. Speaking on the Appropriation Bill in the Assembly, he said:
- The Rs. 1.3 lakh crore budget is inappropriate and unrealistic as government failed to spend even 50 per cent of allocations in the two budgets it presented so far.
- Telangana State inherited outstanding debt of Rs. 62,000 crore on June 2, 2014. It increased to Rs. 83,845 crore in 2014-15, then to Rs. 1,00,708 crore in 2015-16 and is set to cross Rs. 1,23,821 crore in 2016-17.
- Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao conceded the requests of the legislators to enhance the constituency fund. The legislators' constituency fund is now enhanced from Rs. 1.5 crore to Rs. 3 crore. The Chief Minister directed the officials from the Finance department to reduce the Chief Minister's Special Development Fund and divert Rs. 480 crore for the constituency development fund.
- Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao and Legislative Assembly congratulated the Bahubali team and its director for becoming the first Telugu movie to get a national award
- Telangana Government has freed 251 prisoners for good conduct. This is the first time prisoners were released for good conduct since the formation of the Telangana State. A Government order said that if any of those released prisoners get convicted again, they would be rearrested and their remission would be canceled.
- Academic Senate of the Kakatiya University approved a budget of Rs. 174.26 crore for the financial year 2016-17.
- Rajendra Nagar MLA Prakash Goud was admitted to the NIMS Hospital after he complained of heart attack. His condition is now stable.
- Police raided farm house of Film actor Navdeep at Chakrampalli in Ranga Reddy district. The police acted on information that a rave party was being held last night at the farm house of Navdeep. Police have seized foreign liquor bottles
- National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the secretary, Union Ministry for Human Resource Development, Chief Secretary, Telangana and Police Commissioner of Hyderabad. The Commission took suo motu cognizance of media reports on the 'emergency-like' situation at the University of Hyderabad.
- AIMIM president Akbaruddin Owaisi spends over an hour with arrested students at the Cherlapally Central Jail. He and MLA Ahmed Balala arranged food and water for the students and even deposited funds for students to make phone calls to their parents. Owaisi urged Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao to look into the police brutality inside the van. He urged the Union Home Ministry to remove UoH vice-chancellor Appa Rao from his post.
- Amnesty International India has condemned the police crackdown on University of Hyderabad students and faculty members and demanded their immediate release.
- Justice PV Sanjay Kumar of Hyderabad High Court directed Telangana Government to inform the court when it would restore the website of the government to enable people to access the various GOs issued by the Government. The judge was dealing with a writ petition filed by Dasoju Sravan Kumar, chief spokesperson of the Telangana Congress Committee. It was in February 2016 that the Telangana Government shut down the website.
- Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh spoke at the valedictory of the Higher Defence Management Course at the College of Defence Management in Secunderabad.
- 60 Telangana State-level officers were promoted as conferred Indian Administrative Officers. The officers completed a six-week induction programme at the Marri Channa Reddy Human Resources Development Institute. Deputy Chief Minister and Revenue Minister Mohamed Mahmood Ali participated in the valedictory function and apprised the officers of the welfare programmes implemented by the Telangana government.
- A record nine transplants happened under the Jeevandan programme.
- Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad Prof. Appa Rao resumes duty. Students protest his return by ransacking VC's lodge.
- Chief Secretary of the Telangana Government Rajiv Sharma issues orders declaring 'Good Friday' a holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act.
- Rajiv Gandhi International Airport bags Skytrax 'Best Regional Airport in India and Central Asia Award'
- Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad Telangana condemns violence at University of Hyderabad and accuses a group of students for holding the university to ransom.
- Hike in salaries of MLAs and MLCs recommended
Telangana Committee on Amenities unanimously recommended to hike the salaries of the legislators. If the State government accepts the recommendations, each MLA and MLC is likely to get a monthly salary of Rs. 3.5 lakh including all allowances. The meeting of the Telangana Committee on Amenities was held at the Committee Hall of Telangana Assembly and is attended by Assembly Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary and Council Chairman K Swamy Goud. Other demands put forward by the legislators include increase in loan component to buy vehicles from Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 40 lakh and providing free treatment to all legislators. The pension of former legislators will also increase as per the recommendations. A former legislator who served one-term would get Rs. 50,000, two-term would get Rs. 55,000 and three-term will get Rs. 60,000 a month. Legislators who served more than four terms and beyond would get Rs. 65,000. Family pension would be Rs. 50,000. According to the data available, there are 292 former MLAs, 40 ex-MLcs and 171 widows who are drawing pensions.
- Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced that the government will bear the total expenditure for construction of the Spice Park in Padigal village in Nizamabad district. The Chief Minister issued directions for the completion of the park in the next two years. The Spice Park was initially intended to be built by the Spices Board of India. However, the Central Government had backtracked in the last moment and left the project with the State Government.
- Jewellers have called off their 20-day strike and back in business on Monday. Jewelery Shops were closed for about 20 days protesting imposition of 1 per cent Excise on jewellery in the Union Budget 2016-17.
- Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao reviewed the functioning of the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development department and issued suggestions and guidelines.
- Finance Minister Etela Rajender celebrates his 52nd birthday in presence of members of Legislative Council and Assembly.
- 200 farmers from Julapally walked 202 km to hand over water from Godavari to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to mark the accord between Telangana and Maharashtra for construction of barrages on Godavari, Pranahita and Pengaga rivers.
- Admission into intermediate and degree courses are announced by Mahatma Jyothiba Phule Telangana Backward Classes Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society. The entrance test will be held on April 10, 2016.
- The fifth India Aviation 2016 air show concluded in Hyderabad.
- The first ever Global Telangana Convention will be held at Dallas, Texas from June 3 to 5, 2016.
- Finance Minister Etela Rajender is convinced that the state government will meet the revised targets of the 2015-16 budget and meet the proposals for the upcoming fiscal. He replies to the budget queries raised by members of opposition in the Telangana Legislative Assembly.
- Hindu Vahini activists hurls stones at Asaduddin Owaisi's convoy at Bhainsa in Adilabad. Police averts a communal incident.
- State Bank of Hyderabad general manager Ajoy Naqib inaugurated twelve branches of Telangana Grameena Bank electronically at the SBH head office in Hyderabad
- Film actor Pawan Kalyan appeals to fans to attend the audio function of his upcoming movie Sardar Gabbar Singh only if they have passes to attend the event.
- Osmania Medical College sets up a three-member committee to probe the recent tragic incident where four of its students were killed in a road accident.
- Telangana Government and French aviation services training provider Aero Campus Aquitaine signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up a training academy at Begumpet Airport.
- Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao inaugurates the newly constructed auditorium at the NALSAR University of Law
- Director of Government Exams R Surender Reddy said that 5.56 lakh students are appearing for the SSC exams. Students appearing for the exams have to come in plain clothes as school uniforms are not permitted. For more information on SSC exams, read Education
- Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao participates in inaugural of State-Level Judicial Officers' Conference. He calls for harmonious functioning of judiciary, legislature and executive.
- Congress MLAs J Geetha Reddy and T Jeevan Reddy filed nominations to fill the two vacancies in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Telangana Legislature from Assembly quota. TRS MLC K Bhanu Prasad Rao also filed nomination from Legislative Council quota. Another TRS MLC Bhoopal Reddy filed papers to fill vacancy in Public Undertakings Committee from Legislative Council.
- IT Minister K Taraka Rama Rao meets four Union Ministers in Delhi on various issues
- Mild tensions prevailed at Osmania University as police stop students from taking march to Assembly. Students pelted stones at the police and police had to resort to lathi charge to disperse the students.
- IALA and GHMC serve notices to Hyderabad Cricket Association for property tax dues of Rs. 14.26 crore. The HCA has not paid property taxes on the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium for the past six years.
- Four persons were injured in a stampede at an army recruitment camp at Trimulgherry in Secunderabad
- Charminar Pedestrianisation Project will be completed in four to five months, said Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K Taraka Rama Rao.
- Nampally MLA Jaffer Hussain questioned about the hike in school fees of private schools. Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari said government will take remedial measures from the upcoming academic year.
- A report on the investigation into misuse of money released towards medical expenses under the CM Relief Fund was submitted to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The CID officials reportedly found that nearly Rs. 75 lakh were misappropriated by releasing money to ineligible candidates on presentation of fake bills.
- Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his wife along with family members worshiped at the Yadagirigutta Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple on the occasion of Brahmotsavams. Special prayers were offered.
- Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha MP [[Jitender Reddy] says that promises made to Telangana in the AP Reorganization Act were not fulfilled. He participated in the debate on special category status to Andhra Pradesh
- Leader of Opposition in Assembly K Jana Reddy criticized the Telangana budget for 2016-17 and termed it unrealistic. He initiated the discussion on budget in the Assembly.
- Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju says new civil aviation policy is at an advanced stage and is likely to come out by April 2016.
- A Hyderabad local court directs Neredmet police of Cyberabad to register a case against MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi. The court gave the direction following a petition filed by one Sai over Owaisi's statement that he would not say Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Police would initiate action after receiving order copy from the court.
- 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.
- Lord Narasimha Swamy was decorated as Jaganmohini on the seventh day of the brahmotsavams at Yadagirigutta Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple
- Telangana Doctors Forum mourns the death of medicos who were killed in an accident in Andhra Pradesh on Monday night
- The Telangana State Budget for financial year 2016-17 was presented to the Telangana Legislature by Minister of Finance Etela Rajender
- Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Nalamada Uttam Kumar Reddy termed the budget as highly disappointing for almost all the sections of the society.
- Telangana State Council of Higher Education will conduct a series of workshops for teachers to make them understand the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) that will be implement for under-graduate students from 2016 onwards.
Film director and actor Farhan Akthar will perform at the Bits Pilani Hyderabad campus' annual cultural festival Pearl from March 17 to 20.
- Sharp exchanges between TRS and Congress members occurred in the Telangana Legislative Council when Shabbir Ali raised the issue of government's decision to ban uploading of government orders on its website
- The members of the Telangana Legislative Assembly condoled the death of Paleru MLA late Ramreddy Venkat Reddy. Telangana Chief Minister and Leader of the House K Chandrasekhar Rao moved a condolence motion and spoke of the achievements Ramireddy Venkat Reddy. He reminded the members that Venkat Reddy was elected to the Assembly five times. Leader of Opposition K Jana Reddy recalled his association with Ramireddy.
- Dr. Sanjaya Baru, media advisor to Manmohan Singh when he was PM, participated in the interactive session on 'Modi and Media' at Saptaparni in Hyderabad. Baru recalled that late Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy stalled the formation of Telangana State in 2009. Baru said he was present at the meeting between YS Rajasekhar Reddy (YSR) and Manmohan Singh and YSR told the Prime Minister that Congress would neither win in Telangana nor in Andhra Pradesh if they go to polls announcing the formation of Telangana state. Baru said that YSR foresaw that Congress would not benefit by formation of separate Telangana State.
- Health Minister C Laxma Reddy counsels the family members to donate the organs of a daily wage worker who died when he fell off an electric pole.
- Education Minister Kadiam Srihari directs chief superintendents of SSC exams not to carry mobile phones that have camera function in them while on exam duty.
- Traffic would be stopped for 15 minutes every hour from 9 am to 5 pm between Tukkugudda and Bongulur junctions on the Hyderabad Outer Ring Road on March 13. The Power Utility proposed to take up some work.
- Telangana State Council of Higher Education to put details of degree holders online to curb fake certificates and credentials.
- The Budget session of the Telangana Legislature began with Governor ESL Narasimhan addressing the joint sitting of the legislature. The Governor listed out various development and welfare reforms taken by the government and said that it has plans to achieve a Gross State Domestic Product growth rate of 15 per cent in the coming financial year.
- Speaker S Madhusudana Chary merged the 12 Telugu Desam Party MLAs who have defected to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi party as they constituted more than two-thirds of TDP strength in the Assembly and hence did not invite anti-defection provisions. The TDP had 15 MLAs when the Assembly was constituted in 2014. MLAs K Dayakar Rao and T Prakash Goud wrote to the Speaker at the time of joining the TRS party. As 10 of the TDP MLAs out of 15 have defected to the TRS party, the anti-defection laws would not apply. TDP meanwhile has suspended all the MLAs defected to TRS and appointed A Revanth Reddy as floor leader of TDP. TDP now has only three MLAs in Telangana - Revanth Reddy, S Venkata Veeraiah and R Krishnaiah.
- Telangana TDP president L Ramana said that they would move to Court challenging Speaker's decision to merge defected MLAs into TRS.
- The India Meteorological Department, Hyderabad warned of spell of rain or thundershowers in Hyderabad city and its surrounding areas over the next couple of days.
- Governor ESL Narasimhan hails ISRO's launch of PSLV C-22 Rocket into the orbit.
- Congress MLA Komatireddy Venkat Reddy said Congress would win 95 seats in the 2019 elections and would form the government.