Congress demands a special relief package for rain victims in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Congress senior leader and former Chairman of Hyderabad Congress Minorities Department Sameer Waliullah on Tuesday demanded a special relief package for those affected due to heavy rains in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Sameer Waliullah, in a media statement, said that several colonies and residential areas got inundated due to heavy rains in the last three weeks. He said several areas, especially those located near Musi River, were submerged fully or partially. Thousands of residents living in ‘kacha’ (temporary) houses suffered damage to the structures. Except for extending a little help to the families who were shifted to relief camps, the Telangana Government did not announce any financial assistance to the other affected people, he said.

The Congress leader said that the State Government should conduct a special drive to assess the rain-related damages in all 150 municipal divisions. He said that the GHMC should also start a helpline to guide people on claiming damages from insurance companies on vehicles and other insured products.

Sameer Waliullah pointed out that hundreds of fruit and vegetable vendors suffered losses to the tune of lakh of rupees due to heavy rains. While many vendors suffered huge damages after their fruits got washed away, fruits and vegetables worth several lakhs were rotted due to continuous rains. Further, he said several other vendors were unable to venture out due to continuous rains. He said that the State Government should count these vendors as rain victims and provide them with some financial assistance.

The Congress leader also expressed concern over the rising number of cases of malaria, dengue and other viral diseases. He said that the GHMC was yet to take anti-larval operations in a majority of areas. He demanded that the GHMC start a daily bulletin to update the people on the number of people affected with malaria, dengue, viral fever, etc., to create awareness among people in taking preventive measures.Sameer Waliullah also said that the GHMC should ideally convene a special general body meeting to discuss the rain-related damages in its jurisdiction and also to explore ways to prevent the possible spread of water-borne diseases in the city. (INN)

CM KCR meets Akhilesh Yadav in Delhi

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao met Samajwadi Party president and former CM of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav at his official residence in New Delhi on Friday.

According to sources, the meeting between CM KCR and Akhilesh Yadav lasted for over one hour. On the occasion, the two leaders discussed national politics and other national issues. (INN)

Revanth asks CM KCR to help rain victims

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President & MP A. Revanth Reddy on Wednesday demanded that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao conduct a high-level review meeting on the present rain situation in the State.

“The torrential rains have disrupted the normal life of the public. In specific, the situation in northern Telangana districts is horrendous. Kadem project is on the brink of danger, and the authorities concerned have already issued a RED notice. At a time when the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted heavy to extremely heavy rains for the next two to three days, there is a need for Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to wake up from his deep slumber.

If the state government doesn’t respond even now, there is a high probability of facing a huge disaster,” Revanth Reddy said in a media statement.

Revanth Reddy said that the Chief Minister should conduct a high-level review meeting with all the departments concerned, and alert the residents of under the purview of the Kadem project. He said that the residents in the flood-affected areas have no scope to come out of their residences. “

The residents are facing the threat of collapsing of houses or other structures, in case of old and deteriorated houses. The government machinery should identify such old structures on war footage.

The common public has no idea has to where the Chief Minister, while the situation becoming grimmer,” he said.

The TPCC Chief demanded that the Chief Minister immediately respond to activate the timely reviews and rescue operations at the war footing. (INN)

TPCC finalises schedule of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Telangana

Hyderabad: The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) has released the full schedule of AICC leader Rahul Gandhi’s 2-day visit to Telangana.

As per the schedule, Rahul Gandhi will arrive at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad on May 6 at 4:50 pm on a special flight from Delhi. From there, he will leave for Warangal by a helicopter at 5:10 pm. At 6:05 pm, he will participate in the Rythu Sangarshana Sabha at the Warangal Arts College Ground. After the meeting, he will leave by road at 8 pm and reach Hyderabad at around 10:40 pm. He will stay at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Banjara Hills.

The next day, May 7, he will depart from Hotel Taj Krishna at 12:30 pm and reach Sanjeevaiah Park at 12:50 pm where he will pay tributes to former Chief Minister Sanjeevaiah. He will leave Sanjeevayya Park at 1:15 pm and reach Gandhi Bhavan at 1:30 pm to address a meeting from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm.Rahul Gandhi will hold discussions with TPCC leaders on the present political scenario in Telangana and party’s strategy for next Assembly elections. After the meeting, he will reach Shamshabad Airport by road from Gandhi Bhavan at 3 pm. He will return to Delhi by a special flight at 5:50 pm. (INN)

CM KCR to meet Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Feb 20

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on February 20 in Mumbai.

Uddhav Thackeray, who spoke to CM KCR over the phone on Wednesday, expressed full support to KCR’s fight for federal justice, denouncing the antipeople policies pursued by the BJP.

Uddhav Thackeray said, “KCR ji, you are fighting very hard. Yours is a just struggle. You opened the door at the right time to protect this country from the forces of division. You must continue to fight for the rights of the states, for the integrity of the country. Go forward with the same spirit. Our support is totally with you in this endeavour. We will do our part to bring all the people of the country together.”Thackeray while extending his support, said, “I invite you to Mumbai. You take our hospitality. Let us discuss the future course of action in this regard.” (INN)

Congress releases booklet on party’s contribution in minorities’ welfare

Hyderabad: The Congress party on Monday launched a booklet on the contribution of the previous Congress Government in the welfare of minorities in undivided Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana).

The booklet, compiled by former minister & ex-Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir, was released by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President & MP A. Revanth Reddy at a programme organised by Shabbir Ali at his residence in Jubilee Hills on Monday. Nearly 200 Congress leaders and workers from Kamareddy district who enrolled more than 500 members in the Congress party’s digital membership drive in Kamareddy, Yellareddy, Jukkal and Banswada constituencies, were also felicitated on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Revanth Reddy said that it was the previous Congress Govt which implemented 4% reservation for Muslims in jobs and education in 2004-05. He said the 4% reservation has benefitted nearly 20 lakh Muslims in both the Telugus States in the last 17 years. He praised the role played by Shabbir Ali in introducing the 4% Muslim reservation. As the then minister in the cabinet of Dr. Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy, Shabbir Ali ensured that the Congress party fulfills the promise made by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the 2004 election manifesto. He said that the Congress party implemented several programmes to ensure socio-economic, educational and economic empowerment of minorities.

Shabbir Ali, in his speech, said that the booklet has been compiled to create awareness among the minorities on what Congress party did for them when it was in power. He recalled that the Congress Govt created the country’s first Minorities Welfare Department in 1993-94 and he had the privilege of being India’s first Minister for Minorities Welfare. Further, he said separate budget allocation for the minorities’ welfare was made in 1993-94 in the budget speech of then Finance Minister Dr. K. Rosaiah. Infact, he said the process to give reservation to Muslims was initiated in 1994 when Dr. Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy was the Chief Minister. However, this process was stopped after Congress lost elections in 1994. He said that the Congress party made a promise of giving 5% reservation in the 2004 manifesto and it was implemented in just 58 days after coming to power.

Shabbir Ali said that only Congress party could guarantee empowerment of minorities. He said that the growth of minorities was stopped whenever the Congress party lost elections. He said that the minorities’ welfare took a backseat during the TDP and TRS rule. He said Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had promised to implement 12% Muslim reservation within four months after coming to power. He said the promise remained unfulfilled even after seven years and CM KCR has now stopped talking about it. Similarly, he said the Fee Reimbursement and scholarships for minorities have been stopped by the TRS Govt. He said not a single minority youth was given a loan by the TRS Govt in the last seven-and-a-half years.

The Congress leader said that the booklet contains detailed information on various schemes implemented by the Congress party for the empowerment of minorities. It also presents a broader picture of battle for 4% Muslim reservation which is still going on in the Supreme Court. He announced that the booklet would be distributed across the Telangana State to enlighten the common people about the Congress party’s welfare schemes which benefited over two million poor minorities.TPCC Working President Anjan Kumar Yadav, AICC Secretary A. Sampath Kumar and other senior leaders were present on the occasion. (INN)

TRS Legislative Party to meet on Nov 16

Hyderabad: TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will preside over the TRS Legislative Party meeting on November 16 at 4 pm at Telangana Bhavan.

“The TRS LP meeting will focus on the dual stance of the central BJP government on the purchase of Telangana grain and discuss future trends that are confusing Telangana farmers and the people,” says a press release from the TRS party. (INN)

Bye-elections for Huzurabad Assembly seat on 30th October

Hyderabad: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday issued the schedule for bye-elections to Huzurabad Assembly constituency.

According to ECI, the Gazette notification for the bye-elections will be issued on 1st October while 8th October will be the last date for filing of nominations which will be scrutinised on 11th October. The last date for withdrawal of candidatures will be 13th October.

Polling will be on 30th October and the counting of votes and declaration of results will be on 2nd November.

Bye-elections for Nagarjuna Sagar seat were necessitated due to the resignation of sitting MLA Etala Rajender following his dismissal from State Cabinet on the charges of encroaching upon assigned lands.The ECI has also announced the schedule for bye-elections for three Parliamentary constituencies and 30 Assembly constituencies of various States. (INN)

Sonia Gandhi appoints Shabbir Ali as Convener of TPCC Political Affairs Committee

Hyderabad: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday appointed former minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir as the Convener of Political Affairs Committee of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee.

AICC Telangana Incharge Manickam Tagore will be the Chairman of the PAC. Other members include TPCC President A. Revanth Reddy, CLP Leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, former PCC Presidents V. Hanumanth Rao, Ponnala Lakshmaiah and Uttam Kumar Reddy, former CLP Leader K. Jana Reddy, MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, MLC T. Jeevan Reddy, former Union Ministers Renuka Chowdhary and P. Balram Naik, MLAs D. Sridhar Babu, Poddem Veeraiah, Anasuya (Seethakka) and Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy.

The other members will include all PCC Working Presidents, all Chairmen of Committees approved by AICC, AICC Secretaries from Telangana and Incharge AICC Secretaries. (INN)

Another Rs. 500 Crore released for Dalit Bandhu scheme in Huzurabad constituency

Hyderabad: The Telangana State Scheduled Caste Corporation has released another Rs 500 Crore, on the orders given by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, to the account of Karimnagar District Collector for the implementation of the Dalit Bandhu Scheme as Pilot Project in Huzurabad Constituency.

The Rs 2,000 Crore funds target for the scheme as announced recently by the CM at Karimnagar public meeting has been achieved with the release of Rs. 500 Crore. The government machinery has made all arrangements at the field level to take up the project. With the Rs. 2,000 Crores released as per orders of the CM, implementation of the Dalit Bandhu Scheme on a war footing in accordance with the guidelines remains now. (INN)