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Telangana State braces for heat woes

Hyderabad: Stating that the day temperature would be soaring from 45 degrees to 47 degrees
Celsius from April to June this summer resulting in hot spell in the State, Chief Secretary S P Singh
directed all officials concerned to formulate a ‘heat wave action plan’ and alert the people from
time to time about the scorching heat and its injurious consequences.

The Chief Secretary on Thursday held a review meeting in the Secretariat with heads of all
departments concerned. Addressing the officials, the Chief Secretary directed the officials to
formulate an action plan to save people from heat wave conditions in summer, keeping in view the
past unpleasant experiences. He also asked them to give proper training to the staff to tackle the
situation effectively. He also advised the top officials to forward circulars to all District Collectors
on the measures to be taken in the event of heat wave conditions.

He also directed the Revenue officials to hold a video conference with District Collectors in this
regard. Stating that children, senior citizens, labourers, cattle and so on were vulnerable to heat
wave conditions, the Chief Secretary asked the district administrations to initiate adequate
measures to protect the people and prevent fatalities.

He also asked the officials to bring out posters, handbills, advertisements and utilise FM Radios,
TVs and newspapers to educate the people about the Dos and Don’ts during the hot spell. The
Chief Secretary asked the Medical & Health department officials, PHCs, UHCs and hospitals to
keep adequate stock of ORS packets and medicines and give suggestions to the people to keep
well.

The Singh also asked the officials to provide shade nets, drinking water, first aid box and medical
kits at the places where workers were deployed and see that work was suspended from 12 noon
to 4 pm during the hot days. He also advised the Panchayat Raj officials to make the labour work
in the forenoon and evenings only.

Singh asked the Labour department to see that private managements provide all facilities to their
workers engaged in construction work. The Chief Secretary also advised the TSRTC officials to
make available ORS packets and drinking water for the commuters waiting in the bus stands. He
advised the depot managers to change the bus timings during heat wave conditions.

Reminding that 541 people perished in 2015 and 324 in 2016 due to heat stroke, the Chief
Secretary advised the Endowments department to provide nets and drinking water to the people
visiting temples during summer. The officials of the Forest department were told to make water
available to the wild animals in the forest areas.

Special Principal Secretary (Revenue) B R Meena, Animal Husbandry department Special
Principal Secretary Suresh Chanda, Municipal Administration Secretary Naveen Mittal, Panchayat
Raj Commissioner Neetu Prasad, School Education department Director Kishan, Commissioner of
Intermediate Board of Education Ashok, Commissioner of Agriculture M Jaganmohan, Special
Commissioner of Disaster Management department Sada Bhargavi and others were present.
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Telangana To encourage Digital Transactions: Chief Secratory

HYDERABAD:  The Telangana government will shortly come out with e-wallet for cashless
transactions across the state, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said on Monday.

He told reporters here that the Information Technology Department is preparing the mobile app
which will be known as TS Wallet to facilitate digital transactions.

Appealing to people to go for banking transactions, the Chief Minister said the state will have to sail
with the tide, and the government will encourage all procurements and sales through banking
transactions.

He announced that Siddipet assembly constituency will be developed as a model constituency for
cashless transactions. "Transactions only up to Rs 500 can be in cash and over a period of time we
will do away with this for hundred percent cashless transactions. This model will then be
replicated," he said.

Briefing newsmen about the decisions taken at the cabinet meeting, Mr Rao announced that all high
value transactions in some departments like registration and excise will be through net banking.
Payments in agriculture market yards, fair price shops and milk supply will be through banks.
He said a committee comprising five bureaucrats had been formed to work out modalities for
preparing a policy towards cashless e-payment system.

Stating that Telangana has only 5,200 bank branches, he said they were not sufficient. He called for
one bank for every three to four villages and for increasing the number of ATMs across the state.

Mr Rao said the number of swiping machines also had to be increased drastically for cashless
transactions. He pointed out that the country has only 14.5 lakh Point of Sale (PoS) machines, he
said for a cashless society the country need 10 crore machines. Telangana currently has less than
one lakh PoS machines.

Admitting that the state has lost revenue due to demonetisation of high value currency notes, Mr
Rao said real estate sector was badly affected creating problems for 10 lakh people who depend
on construction sector, especially in Hyderabad.

With a view to mitigate their problems, he announced that the works under double bed-room
housing scheme for poor will be speeded up. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation
(GHMC), which provides meals for Rs.5 at 45 places in the city, will increase the number to 150.

Mr Rao said Rs 75,000 crore cash was in circulation in the state before demonetization of Rs 500
and Rs 1,000 notes, which comprised 86 percent of the total money. He said Rs 35,000 crore in
demonetised notes were deposited in the banks while the Centre pumped in Rs 12,500 crore in
new currency notes of Rs 2,000.

He appealed to the central government to immediately make Rs 500 currency notes available to the
state as Rs 2,000 note was not serving the purpose due to shortage of low denomination notes.
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KTR promises daily water supply to city after monsoon

Hyderabad: Municipal Administration Minister K. Tarakarama Rao said that the State Government
would ensure daily water supply to Hyderabad if there was good monsoon next year.

Replying to a question raised by BJP MLA Chintala Ramachandra Reddy during Question Hour in
Telangana Legislative Assembly on Saturday, the minister claimed that the drinking water problem
has been completely resolved after the formation of Telangana.

He said no area in the city faced shortage of drinking water during the last two summer seasons. He
said presently drinking water is being supplied to nearly 150 localities on daily basis.

Stating that there was an increase in demand for supply of drinking water in the city, he said in
March 2016 about 352 Mgd water was supplied and this year the demand has increased by 20
Mgd. He said two new reservoirs of 20 TMC capacity each were being constructed on
Hyderabad’s outskirts to improve the supply of drinking water in city and its outskirts.

Earlier, KTR admitted that the Godavari water from Yellampally to Hyderabad City was being
diverted to Gajwel and Siddipet Towns.

He said that the Godavari Water Supply Scheme starts from Murmur at Yellampally barrage and
passes through Bommakal (pumping station) in Karimnagar district and through Mallaram (WTP)
and Kopadaka (pumping station) in Siddipet district and reservoir at Ghanpur in Medchal district
for a total length of 186 Kms.

“There is an existing practice to provide bulk water supply to RWS Department for the drinking
water requirements of enroute Gram Panchayats and municipalities along the source transmission
schemes,” he said.

From the Manjeera, Singoor and Krishna water supply schemes, several bulk water supplies were
provided to the enroute areas to RWS department as bulk customers of HMWSSB who will pay
the water cess as per HMWSSB tariff.
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Janareddy ridicule Telangana CM’s survey on lawmakers

HYDERABAD: The latest survey conducted by the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to gauge
the performance of legislators has led to wider debate among opposition parties.

While Congress said the survey conducted by the CM proved that the ruling party is on a sticky
wicket as popularity of ministers is on the decline, TDP claimed that the survey was a game plan by
the KCR to drop some ministers in the State Cabinet. “As per the survey, of the 14 ministers, 10
are facing headwinds in their own constituencies. If CM KCR is really sure of winning more than
100 seats in the 2019 polls, why is he wary of asking the defectors to seek fresh mandate?”
Congress leaders- Mallu Ravi and G Chinna Reddy, said on Friday.

Leader of the Opposition and Congress senior leader K Jana Reddy, while rejecting the survey
results, asked whether the state government could commission such surveys with people’s money.
“Did anybody predict that BJP, which had won just two seats in the Lok Sabha earlier, would
come to power at the Centre? I don’t consider the ratings given by the CM to me in the survey as I
never rely on survey results. For me, people’s decision is final,” Jana Reddy said. “During every
election, media predicts that I won’t win the polls. But everytime, media’s prediction goes wrong.
Hence, I don’t believe in surveys,” he remarked.

He said that he had never claimed that he would become the CM but he believed in his ability.
TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy said the survey was totally fake and aimed at diverting people’
s attention from the failures of the state government. He dared CM Rao to sack the ministers for
their non-performance, if the survey was genuine.

TDP leader A Revanth Reddy said the survey was a plan by the CM to sack some ministers. “The
CM has begun enacting a new drama in the name of surveys to divert people’s attention. CM
giving himself first rank is like a person touching his own feet and wishing himself to live for 100
years,” he ridiculed.
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Telangana presents tax-free Budget; focus on welfare, growth

Telangana Finance Minister Etela Rajender on Monday presented a tax-free development-cum-
welfare-oriented ₹1,49,446-crore Budget for 2017-18.

The budgetary allocation for several sectors is higher over the 2016-17 Budget of ₹1,30,415
crore (revised ₹1,13,083 crore).

Presenting his fourth Budget, the Finance Minister said the State is projected to achieve a Gross
State Domestic Product (GSDP) growth of over 10.1 per cent during the current fiscal.

Seeking to balance welfare with development initiatives, he announced allocation of ₹5,943 crore
for the agriculture sector and ₹4,000 crore towards fourth instalment of loan waiver scheme for the
farm sector.

Sectorally, the irrigation sector has been allocated ₹25,000 crore, panchayati raj ₹14,723 crore,
roads ₹5033 crore, power sector ₹4,203 crore, health ₹5,976 crore, municipal administration
₹5,599 crore, Mission Bhagiratha ₹3,000 crore, IT ₹253 crore, industries ₹985 crore and
education ₹12,705 crore.

Focus on neglected sectors

Glossing over the State’s achievements, he said a number of sectors hitherto neglected have got
special focus and higher allocations.

Even if the power demand shoots up to 10,000 MW, he said the State is ready to meet such
demand.

Stating that the budget reflects the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s concern for the welfare
of the poor and the economic development of the State, he said this focus was similar to three
previous budgets.

In the first eight months of the current fiscal, tax revenue was higher by 19.61 per cent achieved in
spite of demonetisation impact on stamps and registration.

Transition process

Following the Union Government’s decisions, the State has done away with Plan and non-Plan
approach to stick to classification of expenditure into revenue and capital.

Rajender said Telangana was in the process of a major transition from a shackled economy to that
of an economy which is being nurtured back to fulfilling the long-pending aspirations of the people.

Under the special development fund for SCs and STs, allocation of ₹14,375 crore and ₹8,166
crore have respectively been made.

Towards minority welfare, the State has allocated ₹1,259.66 crore and set aside ₹1,940 crore for
fee reimbursement. Expecting tourism to be a job creator, the State has earmarked ₹198 crore.

The Minister said thus far, approvals have been given to 345 industries with investment proposals
of ₹58,341 core and employment potential of 2.2 lakh.

Outlining the State finances, the Minister said the total expenditure in 2016-17 is estimated to be
₹1,12,191 crore, which is 86 per cent of the Budget estimate.
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71 residential schools already started for minorities: Governor

​Hyderabad: The government conveniently skirted this issue also in the Governor’s address. The
TRS had promised 12 per cent
quota each for Muslims and Scheduled Tribes during the 2014 general elections. Muslims now get
4 per cent quota and STs 7.5
per cent. Except for setting up commissions to study the matter, the government has not made any
progress in providing
reservations.

Making a passing reference to the issue, the Governor in his speech merely said, “A commission of
inquiry was constituted to
study the social, educational and economic conditions of Muslims. The commission has submitted
its recommendations for policy
initiatives, as well as reservations for Muslims.”

The scheme of allotting three acres for Dalits was launched amid much fanfare by Chief Minister K
Chandrasekhar Rao on August
15 (GO Ms No 1 dated 26-7-2014). But there has been no significant progress in the
implementation of the scheme.

All that the Governor said was that his government was committed for the welfare of SCs and STs
and that the government was
committed to introduce suitable legislative mechanism for adequate statutory earmarking of funds
for SCs and STs. “Necessary
steps will be taken to ensure this in the current session of the legislature,” he said.

With regard to PG-to-KG free education, the Governor said that 103 residential educational
institutions are being established
for SCs and 51 residential schools for STs. Of 201 residential schools sanctioned for minorities, 71
have already started
functioning.

Residential schools for BC would be established in each of the 119 assembly constituencies from
next academic year. For the
first time, the government had sanctioned 30 residential degree colleges for SC women, of which
23 residential degree
colleges have commenced, he said.

However, the Governor dwelled at length on the issue of filling one lakh vacancies in the
government sector, how the infant
State (Telangana) has come to be recognised throughout the country for launching many an initiative
in a very short span of
time, the initiatives taken by the government in last 33 months in various sectors, including
uninterrupted power supply,
revamping of minor irrigation tanks through 'Mission Kakatiya', drinking water supply to
households through 'Mission
Bhagiratha' and obtaining the number one rank in 'Ease of Doing Business' are a few among the
many.

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KCR forms panel to identify women leaders to head state-run corporations

Hyderabad: Seeking to enhance representation for women in government, Telangana Chief Minister
K Chandrasekhar Rao today constituted a committee to identify women leaders who can be
appointed as heads of different state-run corporations. "On the occasion of International Women's
Day, the CM has taken an important decision for an increased role for women in the governance.

"The CM has decided to give nominated posts to women who took an active role in the Telangana
statehood movement and also in the movement for women development," a release from CMO
said. Rao constituted a three-member committee to select women candidates for the posts of
Chairpersons of certain corporations and other nominated posts, it said.

The committee includes Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy, Rao's
daughter and Nizamabad MP K Kavitha and Karimnagar Zilla Parishad Chairperson Tula Uma, it
said.
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