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KCR pats police for curbing Maoism

​Hyderabad:  Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said the state police has proved wrong
those people who created apprehensions that if Telangana is formed, there will be a spurt in Maoist
activities. He praised the police for checking extremism effectively in the new state of Telangana
and the credit should go to them.

Addressing a meeting of about 1500 police officers of all levels here on Friday, KCR called upon
the police personnel to help the oppressed, poor and the victimized. The Chief Minister said the
police have successfully controlled Naxalism, extremism, gambling and illicit liquor, besides help
solve several cases at the national level.    

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on several occasions
have hailed the Telangana police which made me happy and proud,” he said. He also appreciated
the police for controlling crime against women through initiatives like SHE Teams. He said better
law and order situation was attracting investments for the state.

KCR said despite modernization measures, much needs to be done to strengthen the department,
besides addressing problems faced by the women police personnel. He asked the police top brass
to give promotions for all eligible personnel.

The Chief Minister said his government was ready to release Rs 500 crore for modernization of the
police department and announced that 15,000 persons will be recruited in near future.
Acknowledging the Hyderabad city police performance, he said the TRS could win 99 seats in the
GHMC elections as people trusted their promise to control crime against women.

Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy expressed concern over the
incidents of suicide by some police officials. He advised the police officials to consult their seniors if
they feel any kind of work pressure.

He asked the top officials to prevent recurrence of such incidents. He said the state government
was providing adequate funds to strengthen the police department and claimed that there has been
a major behavioral change in the police department over the last three years.

Earlier, KCR visited the exhibition where senior officials explained to him about the sophisticated
weapons and various gadgets used by the police in their operations.
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Telangana, AP to sizzle for two days, says weatherman

Hyderabad: Heat wave conditions are very likely to prevail across all districts of Telangana state
and Coastal Andhra Pradesh on May 16 and 17, according to the local weather bureau.

The heat wave will prevail over Adilabad, Nalgonda, and Karimnagar districts of Telangana state.
Day temperatures were relatively high across Telangana on Monday. Adilabad reported the highest
temperature at a sizzling 45.1°Celsius. Nalgonda followed at 44.6°C. Hyderabad recorded 39°C.

Even as temperatures remained high, certain parts of the state received rainfall, such as Nagar
Kurnool, Kollapur in Mahbubnagar district, Nawabpet in Rangareddy district, Domakonda in
Nizamabad and  Ramayampet in Medak district.

The forecast for Tuesday is light to moderate rain/thundershowers very likely to occur at isolated
places over TS.

The maximum temperature will be above normal by two or three degrees Celsius at many places
and above 42°Celsius at isolated places. Rain or thundershowers could occur towards evening or
night in Hyderabad city

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Slew of services for migrant workers: VK Singh

The Union Minister for State for External Affairs instructs the DGP to take stringent action against
fake visa agents

Hyderabad: Union Minister for State for External Affairs General VK Singh appealed to Indian
immigrants to essentially register their details in the e-Migrate portal of the Centre to get timely help
and legal or any other services when facing problem abroad. The Centre was considering offering
insurance cover to natural death of overseas workers, he said, and announced the launch of
passport centres in more than 800 post offices across the country to ease the foreign traffic.

The Union Minister was addressing as the chief guest at the first state outreach programme
launched by the Ministry of External Affairs and the State government at HICC here on Saturday
along with State IT and External Affairs Minister K T Rama Rao and others. The programme
discussed the issues pertaining to welfare, passports, protection and safety of Indians working in
various foreign countries. Singh said the NRIs were facing problems with regard to insurance, fake
agents, protection and welfare and also to bring back dead bodies to their native places. He said
no country in the world had changed its visa policy against India, including that of United States of
America (USA).

The Union Minister instructed DGP Anurag Sharma, who was on the dais, to take stringent action
against fake agents who are duping or deceiving innocent people and putting them into trouble  as
they face trouble, jail and sentence due to lack of necessary documents. He said in Telangana,
747cases were booked against fake agents including 112 cases in Sircilla alone. To address the
problem, the Centre was planning to offer legal help to the families or victims and get back dead
bodies to home States from abroad.

He said over 3.5 crore Indians were working abroad. “They are professionals, skilled and unskilled
workers and majority of students. The foreign exchange to India is over 62.7 billion US dollars,
which is a huge amount and majority of professionals, scientists and businessmen are in the USA
while majority of unskilled workforce are in the Gulf countries,” he said. V K Singh said a lot of
cases had come to his notice that the agents were collecting huge amount from the Haj pilgrims and
the police should check the problem.

The government had started ‘Surakshit Jayee our Prashishit Jayee’ programme to provide skill
development training to those planning to migrate for work and would also give training to them on
the law of the land and complete the process. He said the government had proposed to start
‘Passport Centres’ at over 800 Post Offices in the country, apart from the existing 86 in Head Post
Offices. He said the Centre would start Passport Centres wherever the States asked for similar
services.
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Tailor courses to meet job needs,says Kadiyam Srihari

Deputy Chief Minister Srihari stressed the need for the Universities to design the courses to the
changing needs to enable the youth to land jobs

Hyderabad: Emphasising on the need for designing new certificate courses to enable the youth to
find employment, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari on Wednesday exhorted the Open
Universities to shift focus on catering to the needs of market and industry. As the varsities were
offering traditional courses, the open universities should formulate a variety of new courses enabling
the youth to get jobs in various sectors, he said.

The State government was according to priority to various sectors with job potential. They included
agriculture, health, Animal husbandry, etc, he said He was inaugurating the Centre for Staff Training
and Development Building in Dr B R Ambedkar Open University.He expressed wish that it would
become the best institution at national level. The State government had decided to fill 1,061 vacant
posts and help provide quality education to the students to help them excel.

As part of strengthening the varsities, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had allotted Rs 420
crore for the varsities and Ambedkar University got Rs 20 crore, which should be used for
providing basic amenities, practical knowledge using latest equipment for the students and for
infrastructure and new buildings.Srihari said the contribution made by the Open Universities in the
country was significant as they were tailoring the courses to to the changing needs.

Pointing out that Kerala was dominating in the fields of education and health, Srihari sought the
Open University to formulate certificate courses to roll out trained veterinary and agriculture
assistants and nurses to get jobs immediately. Vice-Chancellor and Professor K Seetharama Rao
thanked the Chief Minister and Srihari for allotting Rs 20 crore to the University.
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Biometrics and Online Services in educational institutes a must, says Kadiam

Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiam Srihari asked Vice-Chancellors
of State universities to make available varsity services online from the academic year 2017-18.

He also asked the VCs to install biometric machines for capturing attendance of teachers, non-
teaching staff and students from next academic year.

Addressing a meeting of the Vice-Chancellors here on Saturday, Kadiam Srihari said that before
giving affiliations, the universities should ensure that sufficient facilities were available in the colleges.

Efforts should be made to get the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grade,
he said adding, that universities should tap more Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan funds from
the Central government.

The Minister said that all the universities should have common academic calendar from the next
academic year and wanted the VCs to work for development of varsities besides strengthening
them.

He wanted the VCs to give a lion’s share of the government grants for developing libraries,
laboratories, students’ facilities, building repairs, and directed officials to complete works in
universities before commencement of the academic year.

He said that varsities which did not get requisite funds should come up with proposals and the same
would be taken up with the Chief Minister.

The VCs who attended the meeting assured the Minister that they would make services online
besides installing biometric machines. They said that some universities had already applied for the
NAAC grade and inspection was due.

The meeting was attended by Special Chief Secretary to Government, Education, Ranjeev R
Acharya; Commissioner of Collegiate Education, A Vani Prasad; and officials of Telangana State
Council of Higher Education, Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of State universities.
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Asha workers get pay hike

​Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao announced Rs 6,000 salary to Asha workers,
while stating that the allocation for the same would be hiked in the next budget.

At a meeting with Asha workers at Pragathi Bhavan here on Friday, KCR discussed the formers’
issues and offered them some sops. He announced Rs 6,000 honorarium hereafter on regular basis.

Stating that there was a need for improving the standards of health facilities at Anganwadi centres,
the Chief Minister said Asha workers would be given priority for appointment of ANMs in the
State.

The Chief Minister also said the lives of Asha workers and ANMs should be changed for better.
He asked the officials to appoint trained Asha workers as ANMs to offer better and improved
health services in rural areas.

Asha workers would be developed to the level of Anganwadi centres and offer the best services,
he said. The Chief Minister also instructed the workers to ensure that the government assistance to
pregnant women after delivery and KCR kits be delivered efficiently and in a transparent manner
avoiding delay.

Chandrashekar Rao said the government would increase incentives for Asha workers, who should
live with self-respect and should not be involved in bonded labour.     

Though Asha workers and ANMs came under the Central government, which cut funds recently,
the State government was offering them better salaries, he claimed.

He also opined that the poor pregnant women should be prevented from doing physical work until
ninth month due to poverty. Such situation in the villages should not continue and the government
would help them in all ways, said the Chief Minister.
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Digvijaya Singh should tender apology for ISIS remark: Narasimha Reddy

HYDERABAD: The tweet that AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh posted alleging that
Telangana State police created a fake ISIS site to lure Muslim youth continue to create ripples in
the political circles of the state. On Tuesday, home minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy asked
Digvijaya Singh to tender an unconditional apology or face the music.


“If you do not tender an unconditional apology, the state government will take action as per the
provisions of the law,” Narasimha Reddy said. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, he demanded
that Digvijaya should prove his allegations or tender an unconditional apology.

“Digivijaya Singh also made controversial remarks in the past against the military. He was a former
CM and was in-charge of Congress for two states. Perhaps he made controversial tweet only due
to absent mindedness,” he said.


Referring to the complaint lodged by Jubilee Hills MLA with the police against Digvijaya,
Narasimha said law would take its own course. He recalled that during 2014 elections, TRS
wanted a poll alliance with Congress. “But, Digvijaya and Jayaram Ramesh spoiled the proposed
poll alliance,” he added.


Meanwhile, Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya asked Congress to clarify its stand on Singh’s
comments on Telangana police. “Why is Congress silent? It should make its stand clear on the
issue,” Dattatreya said.

AICC gen secy stands by his words

Digvijaya Singh, however, remained unmoved and said that he stands by his words. In Delhi,
Digvijaya said he made the remarks after speaking to several experts and with concrete information.

Advocates file complaint against AICC gen secy

Advocates in Hyderabad lodged a complaint against Digvijaya Singh to Saroornagar police.
Advocates — S Janardhan Goud and BV Rao, said, “Statements made by Divijaya on Twitter are
shameful and these comments are against the nation and amounts to offence under the IPC.”
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Telangana Assembly passes amendment to Land Acquisition Act

Hyderabad: The Telangana assembly on Sunday passed amendments to the Land Acquisition Act
sent back by the Law Ministry, amid protests by the Congress demanding a discussion on farmers'
problems.

The amendments to the Telangana Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land
Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Telangana Amendment Act, 2016) were passed
within 10 minutes in a one-day special session of both the Houses.

The legislative council will meet later in the day to pass the amendments.

As soon as the assembly began its sitting, Congress legislators were on their feet demanding a
debate on the demand for remunerative prices to chilli farmers.

Speaker Madhusudhana Chary, however, said the sitting was being held with the sole agenda of
passing the amendments and no other issue would be taken up.
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KCR blows 2019 election bugle with 'Bangaru Telangana' cry

PRAKASHREDDY PETA (WARANGAL): Sounding the campaign bugle for the 2019 elections
at a massive public meeting here on Thursday, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supremo and chief
minister K Chandrasekhar Rao vowed to fight the anti-Telangana forces till his last breath and
urged the people to ensure victory for the pink party in the next polls. "In the 2019 elections, the
TRS should win and continue with the development we have already undertaken," KCR said
addressing the massive gathering on the occasion of the 16th formation day celebra tions of the
party. "I will rededicate myself for making our state a Bangaru Telangana. I will shed my last drop
of blood and fight anyone who comes in the way of development of Telangana.We started with a
handful of people and we are now a 70-lakh strong political force. We should now ensure that we
win the 2019 Assembly elections," KCR said. Chandrasekhar Rao elaborated on the various
welfare schemes launched by his government and assailed the Congress for coming in the way of
the irrigation projects. But, he remained mum on the BJP and made no reference to it during his 40-
minute speech.

Referring to the leaders who had opposed the creation of Telangana, KCR said: "Former Congress
CM Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had made satirical remarks about the separate statehood demand
while his successor Kiran Kumar Reddy had said in the Assembly that he would not give a single
rupee for Telangana. But no Congress leader from Telangana had opposed it nor resigned from the
party in protest. It is only the TRS leaders who quit their elected posts time and again for the cause
of Telangana," he said.

Listing out the welfare acti vities taken up by the government, KCR said: "Telangana is the only
state in the country which has been spending '40,000 crore on welfare schemes and ensuring that
40 lakh poor old people get pensions."
He spoke about the sheep rearing scheme that he recently announced for the Yadav, Golla and
Kuruma families and said it will generate a revenue of '20,000 crore, which would be equal to the
budget of four to five north-eastern states put together.

KCR said on the free fertilizer scheme, the farmers would get their first instalment of '4,000 by May
15 and the second installment by October 15 in their bank accounts. They can use it for fertilizers,
seeds, pesticides and coolies.
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Hyderabad: City reels under severe heat, mercury rises to 10-year high of 43 degrees
Celsius

Hyderabad recorded 43 degrees Celsius for the first time this month on Monday – the highest in 10
years and only 0.3 degree Celsius short of the all-time temperature recorded on April 30, 1973.
The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a heatwave alert for Telangana and Andhra
Pradesh till Wednesday, reported CNN-News18.

Not only Hyderabad, Mahbubnagar too sizzled at 44.5 degrees Celsius on Monday. In Andhra
Pradesh, the maximum temperature was recorded in Tirupati at 43.7 degrees Celsius. At least 12
people died because of sunstroke this summer in the two states that have witnessed intense
heatwave conditions, according to CNN-News18.

The IMD said heatwave conditions would prevail for a few more days and the temperature will be
2-4 degrees above normal, reported The Times of India. “Maximum temperature is likely to be
above 42 degrees Celsius at isolated places in north Telangana and above 40 degrees Celsius at
many places across Telangana,” said the weather department. The state governments, too, have
issued advisory to citizens, asking them to stay indoors.

Pre-monsoon showers, which could have brought down the temperature, have mostly been erratic
this season. Till date, there is a 29% shortage of pre-monsoon showers. “For the past few days,
there has been no formation of cumulonimbus clouds over the state or the city, and with a well-
marked low-pressure zone over the East-Central Bay of Bengal keeping the Deccan plateau
devoid of humidity, people are feeling very warm,” IMD scientist K Naga Ratna told The Times of
India.

The IMD director at Hyderabad, YK Reddy, told CNN-News18 that May would be worse.
“Temperatures can go as high as 48 degrees Celsius,” Reddy said. “We have issued warnings to
state governments for necessary actions. But not just governments, it’s important that people must
also protect themselves.”
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CHANDRABABU HINTS AT SNAP POLLS IN ANDHRA

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu created a stir in the political circles by
predicting a snap poll in the State. He asked his party leaders and cadre to be ready to face the
elections at any time.

He dropped hints of an early election while addressing the State coordination committee of Telugu
Desam at Vijayawada on Friday. The meeting was attended by all the senior leaders of the party,
including Cabinet Ministers.

Naidu asked the party leaders to prepare themselves for the elections by strengthening the
organisation from the grassroot level.

“While retaining the existing vote bank of the party, you should work hard to strengthen the hold
over the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and all other sections of the society,” he told the
leaders.

He also wanted the senior leaders to hold monthly meetings in every district to prepare the party for
the elections. “Go to the people with the agenda of elections and start holding meetings in every
district,” Naidu said.

While analysing the strengths and weakness of the TDP, Naidu told the leaders that the party’s
vote bank had increased by 16.13 per cent and the Opposition YSRCP vote share had decreased
by 13.45 per cent. Congress vote share remains confined to 1 per cent, he said. But he did not
mention anything about TDP’s ally, the BJP, which has been dropping hints from time to time that it
may go alone in the next elections.
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KCR NON-COMMITTAL ON ENHANCED QUOTA: UTTAM

Accusing the TRS Government of doing injustice with all communities in the State, Telangana
Pradesh Congress Committee president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Thursday said that only
Congress party could ensure social justice.

Addressing a massive public meeting at Tandur as part of 126th birth anniversary celebrations of
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao was
cheating all the communities in the name of increase in their reservation percentage. Stating that the
Congress party has extended full support to the Reservation Bill which provides for increase in
reservation percentage for Muslims and STs, he said KCR was silent when Congress asked him
about their implementation. He said that the Chief Minister did not answer when Congress asked
him whether he would not seek votes from Muslims in next elections if he fails to implement 12%
quota. He said KCR’s silence clearly showed his lack of commitment. Similarly, he said that the
TRS Government delayed increase in ST quota although it had no legal complications.

Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded that the government increase the reservation to 50% for
Backward Classes and enhance quota for Scheduled Castes to 16%. He said that the reservation
for all communities should be proportionate to their population. He said that the TRS Government
delayed the revision of reservation percentage by almost three years and asked KCR to apologise
for the same.

Without naming KCR’s community, Uttam Kumar Reddy said while the Chief Minister has been
talking about giving reservation to all communities in proportionate to their population, one
community having less than one per cent of total population was ruling the Telangana State. He said
women, who constitute nearly 50% of the total population in the State, have no representation in
the State Cabinet.
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TRS ready for polls anytime: KTR

Jagitial: IT and Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao said the ruling Telangana Rashtra
Samiti (TRS) party was ready to face the elections any time.

In an informal chat with the reporters here on Monday, the Minister maintained that the Bharatiya
Janata Party was eagerly waiting for early polls. However, there was no competitor for the TRS in
Telangana. People had lost faith in Congress not only in the State but also in the Nation. With an
eye on early polls, the BJP was trying to strengthen its hold in Telangana, but except pointing
fingers at others, the Opposition parties had no other agenda, he added.

“Is it wrong to fulfil a promise made to public before elections”, he questioned referring to the BJP’
s criticism of the government’s decision to hike reservations for BC-E and STs.

Replying to another question, he asserted that there were no misunderstandings between him and
the Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao.

In an informal chat with media persons here on Monday, KTR said he had been attending the
Janahitha meetings as he was unable to interact with public after taking over Municipal
Administration Department. He said the next Janahita meeting would be held in Siddipet.

He also made it clear that he had no desire to become the Chief Minister and said that Chief
Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao would be in the CM’s position for a minimum of next ten years. In
politics, 64 is a young age and there is no need for KCR to stay away from politics, he opined.
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Telangana to hike reservations for ST, backward classes

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government will increase the percentage of reservations in
employment and education in the state. "The centre will have to give its approval and the
Presidential assent will have to be got. If any hurdles are created, we are ready to go to any lengths
in our war to implement increased reservations," chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said.

Firstly, the increase in reservations under BC-E as suggested by the BC Commission, will be done.
"This reservations should not be called Muslim reservation because it is not that. This is not a
religion-based reservations as that is not permitted. Reservations will be increased to the
economically backward in the BC-E," he said. At present there is four per cent reservation.

The cabinet will meet once again on April 15 at 2 pm to decide on the quantum of increase. "The
increase can be anything up to 12 per cent. We are also looking at increasing ST reservations up to
12 per cent," the chief minister said at a post-cabinet briefing.

The assembly will also meet on April 16 wherein the Telangana State Reservations bill will be
introduced.

Chandrasekhar Rao said the BC commission would be given six more months to study the social
conditions of backward classes and come up with suggestions. "BC reservations will also be
increased. There is also a need to increase SC reservations by at least one per cent," he said. Like
the BC Commission, SC and ST commissions will also be formed by the government.

Explaining that Tamil Nadu was implementing 69 per cent reservations, Jharkhand 60 per cent,
Maharashtra 52 per cent, and the north eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland
and Mizoram 80 per cent, the chief minister said the Tamil Nadu model would be implemented. As
of now reservations in Telangana state are 49 per cent.

"In a state where 90 per cent of the population is BC, SC, ST and minorities, it is only natural that
the reservations should be increased. This is what we said in our election manifesto and we will
implement it come what may," the chief minister said.

The chief minister explained that there was no stay in the Supreme Court pertaining to reservations.
"In fact, the chief justice of India himself said at a recent conference attended by the Prime Minister
and President that election manifestoes should not merely be a piece of paper. We are
implementing our manifesto," he said.

About some political parties like the BJP which was opposing increase in reservations for BC-E, he
cited the example of Rajasthan where the BJP itself had to take a decision on increasing
reservations.

"The issue of reservations should be left to the states. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should
convene a meeting of chief ministers and discuss the issue and give states the liberty," he said.
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Cabinet to take a call on BC panel report

The State government will have wide range of discussions with the communities concerned and
take measures for development and welfare of these communities.

Hyderabad: The Telangana State BC Commission submitted its report on ‘Enhancement of
Reservations for Certain Socially and Educationally Backward Communities’ to Chief Minister K
Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday at Pragati Bhavan.

Recommendations of the Commission are expected to be taken up for consideration in the Cabinet
meeting slated for Wednesday. The Commission in its report has focused mainly on the socio-
educational backwardness among the BC-E category communities. Based on the Commission’s
report, the State government will have wide range of discussions with the communities concerned
and take measures for development and welfare of these communities.

A special Assembly session may be convened to approve the Commission’s recommendations.
Once it becomes an Act, it will be sent to Centre for incorporation in IX Schedule

Commission chairman BS Ramulu, along with other members had a meeting with the Chief
Minister. Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, BC Welfare Minister Jogu Ramanna,
Minorities Commission chairman G Sudheer, ST Commission chairman Chellpaa were present on
the occasion.

The Commission was constituted in the wake of the Sudheer Committee report which
recommended 9 to 12 per cent reservations for backward groups among Muslims. The BC
Commission was appointed on October 23, 2016 to look into problems of social status of BCs
and also to announce separate sub plan for BCs on the lines of SCs and STs. The five-member
panel was also empowered to hear complaints over inclusion or under inclusion of any backward
class.

The Commission held public hearings all across the State and received applications from different
organisations representing BCs and minorities.

The Chief Minister announced in the recently concluded Telangana Assembly session his
determination to take the battle for Muslim quota to Delhi. He even offered to stage a dharna at
Jantar Mantar by involving like-minded chief ministers on the issue if the Centre failed to include the
12 per cent quota for Muslims in the IX schedule of the Constitution after the State Legislature
passes the Bill.
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People want to hear, see and bless KCR: Harish Rao

Warangal Urban: People of the State are eager to listen to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao at
the public meeting scheduled for April 27 in Warangal city as he has introduced many welfare
schemes in just three years after coming to power, said TRS senior leader and Irrigation Minister T
Harish Rao.

Harish Rao along with Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, and other leaders inspected the site
identified for the public meeting at Prakshreddypet in Warangal city on Saturday. Speaking to the
press persons, he expressed confidence that the meeting would be a great success.

“The last meeting conducted during Telangana movement at the same venue was a great success.
Though the weather is hot, it would be a great success since the people were fervently waiting for
the meeting as they want to listen, see and bless CM as no major public meeting was held since the
party came to power three years ago,” he said and added that arrangements for the meeting under
the leadership of Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Peddi Sudarshan Reddy were being  made
meticulously.

TRS had been receiving overwhelming response from people for membership drive, he said, and
added, “This is for the first time in the history that the people are coming to take membership even
after three years, the party came to power. The membership has crossed 70 to 75 lakhs and
people from many villages are coming forward for the membership. They are voluntarily joining the
party, and waiting in queues to take the membership be it active membership by paying Rs 100 or
the general membership by paying Rs 30,” he added.

Later, addressing the preparatory meeting held at a function hall attended by MLAs, MPs and
other leaders from the erstwhile Warangal district, Harish Rao said both TDP and Congress had
completely lost their ground in the State. He said Congress party was trying to create hurdles in the
execution of irrigation projects.

Listing out the development works taken up by the TRS government, he reiterated that he was
fortunate to get an opportunity to work under KCR.
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