Warm send off given to Governor Narasimhan

Hyderabad: Governor ESL Narasimhan was given a warm send off from Begumpet airport today.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Cabinet Ministers and several MLAs, MLCs, Chief Secretary, DGP, and several other senior officers attended the farewell function.

Earlier, the Governor was given a ceremonial parade at Begumpet Airport. Sunil Sharma, Prl. Secretary to Govt, TR&B, has accompanied the Governor in a special aircraft to Bangalore from Hyderabad on behalf of the Government of Telangana.

ADC to Governor T. Srinivas Rao and Chief Security Officer Hanumanth Rao also accompanied the Governor. (INN)

Painful moment to lose services of Narasimhan as Governor: CM

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said that it is really a painful moment to lose the services of Governor ESL Narasimhan, who had a firsthand understanding and awareness of background of Telangana Statehood movement, formation of the new State and journey of the new State.

The Chief Minister said he shared several great memories with Narasimhan who always patted on the back, inspired, encouraged and instilled confidence in him.

The CM said for every festival the Governor couple used to organise on a grand scale at Raj Bhavan and now those lip-smacking delicious taste of food items will be missed. The CM said that the inspiration, guidance shown by Narasimhan would be taken forward in future.

The heart touching meeting of farewell to Narasimhan was held here on Saturday at Pragathi Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, KCR recalled his long association with Narasimhan and how he (the Governor) stood by him (KCR) and encouraged at every moment of time.

KCR said it was painful that Narasimhan is leaving after completion of term of office of the Governorship. During his speech, the CM several times became impulsive.

“For the last nine and half years, Narasimhan discharged his duties in three major roles, first as Governor of the united AP, later Governor of Telangana State and AP and finally Governor of the Telangana State. I discharged my duties in two roles, first as a Telangana movement activist leader, later as the CM. During this period there are several great memories between us.

When the Telangana Statehood movement was at its peak, Narasimhan, a former IPS officer came as the Governor. Some had fear that Narasimhan was appointed only to crush the Telangana Statehood movement. I met him around the same time.

He inquired with me with a lot of interest about the background of the Telangana statehood movement and reasons for it’s becoming alive for so many years. As a former Intelligence Bureau Chief and with his vast experience, I have expressed confidence that he would send correct reports about the Telangana Statehood movement and on demand from the people. I have expressed this in those early days,” the CM said.

“The Telangana State was formed when Narasimhan was the Governor. TRS came to power twice during his tenure ship. I have a special relationship with him. I always regarded his as an elderly gentleman and elder brother. He also did not treat me as a CM but as a younger brother. He used to discuss with me about the pros and cons of several schemes introduced by the government.

He used inquire about aims and objectives of the schemes. He immensely liked KCR Kits, Haritha Haram, Double Bed Room Houses and Mission Bhagiratha schemes. He expressed satisfaction that these schemes are very useful for the poor. He also used to inquire about the financial situation in the state. He would pat me and instil confidence in me whenever, sometimes I was hurt or faced adverse conditions.

He would bless me that since I was working for the welfare of people, I should make my human effort and God would shower his blessings. He always wanted that every task that is undertaken should be accomplished. Each time I went to Raj Bhavan he would affectionately talk with me. He would discuss all matters with me. He has turned Raj Bhavan into Praja Vedika.

Anyone had a chance to go to Raj Bhavan and convey the problems they are facing. For all those visited Raj Bhavan, the Governor couple used to comfort them like parents. The Governor used to explain about the good work done by the Telangana State government to the Central Ministers and Central Institutions.

This has got us several appreciations. He also showed initiative in solving issues between the Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh State,” the CM said.

“When we launched reconstruction work of Yadadri, the Governor couple with utmost religious allegiance wore sacred clothes and took part in the Pooja programme. I have lost my parents. I do not have an elder brother. I wanted to seek blessings from the elders and start this work.

For me the Governor couple are the elders. Like a younger brother I touched their feet and took blessings and launched the work. That work is being continued successfully. Narasimhan should come back once the Yadadri works are completed. He should participate in the Pooja. The affection and love shown by Narasimhan will be remembered forever,” the CM said.

“Like the respect we gave to Narasimhan, we will also extend the same to the new Governor. We will protect the prestige of Raj Bhavan,” the CM said.

Earlier, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary SK Joshi, DGP Mahender Reddy and PCCF Ms Shobha spoke.

Governor Narasimhan made an emotional reply to the farewell given to him. “Giving respect to elders, showing humanity when someone is in distress and living up to the faith, these qualities I found in KCR. Sometimes when I called him and said Namskaram, he would immediately tell me elders should not greet namskaram to the youngers. That culture has taught me a lot.

When my mother passed away, KCR reached me within 15 minutes. He said he would take care of everything and as he promised he did take care of everything. He sent me by Chopper to immerse the ashes.

He made all the required arrangements at the temples and showed his humanity. When I came as Governor, as a leader of the Telangana movement, KCR said he would always cooperate with me. He stood by his word. He showed his faith. Mutual faith has always there between us,” the Governor said.

“There is humanity in several schemes brought in by KCR. There is humanity in KCR Kits and Double Bed Room Houses Schemes. The visionary that KCR is demonstrated in the irrigation projects and in Mission Bhagiratha. Maintenance of law and order is very good in Telangana State.

KCR used to explain to me about every scheme and aim behind them. When I asked whether there are enough financial resources, KCR would confidently tell me that Telangana State is a rich state. Several schemes of Telangana used to come up for discussions all over the country.

I have told the PM on how the CM operates a computer and handles mouse and gives a presentation on the screen about several schemes. KCR knows pulse of the people and their problems. This is the reason why he brought in several good schemes.

I have learnt a lot working with him. We used to discuss matters for hours together. We used to have sharp and fiery discussions. Under KCR leadership Bangaru Telangana can be realised. Where ever I am, when I read reports that

Telangana stood first in such and such a sector, or it is on top on certain issue, I would feel very happy. My name as the first Governor of Telangana State would there forever, nobody ever can change it,” the Governor said.

The Governor laced his speech with several Sanskrit Slokas and repartees. “So many people talk about Kalvakuntla Chandrashekhar Rao and they all speak without meeting (Kaluva Kunta), but I speak meeting him. My name is Narasimhan and I have live up to my name or else people say I did not live up to my name, hence sometimes I had put on the Narasimha Avatar.

When the Governor couple reached Pragathi Bhavan at 12.30 PM, The CM couple, ministers, higher officials accorded a warm welcome and felicitated them. The CM held a lunch in honour of the Governor couple after the farewell meeting.

The CM had earlier announced in the meeting the lunch would be strictly vegetarian even without even garlic or onions. After the lunch, the Government couple returned to Raj Bhavan. The CM couple walked up to the car and bade farewell to the Governor couple.

Speaker P Srinivas Reddy, Deputy Speaker Padma Rao, Legislative Council Vice Chairman Vidyasagar, TRS Parliamentary party leader Keshav Rao, Ministers Etela Rajender, Vemula Prashanth Reddy, G Jagdeesh Reddy, Koppula Eswar, Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Malla Reddy, Niranjan Reddy, Mahmood Ali, Srinivas Goud, T Srinivas Yadav, Indrakaran Reddy, Planning Commission Vice Chairman Vinod Kumar, Government Advisors Tankasala Ashok, GR Reddy, Anurag Sharma, AK Khan, Assembly Secretary Vedantam Narasimhacharyulu, MP Santosh Kumar, MLA KT Rama Rao, former MP K Kavita, IAS, IPS, IFS officers along with their spouses attended the meeting. (INN)

Governor felicitates Sai Praneeth

Hyderabad: Governor ESL Narasimhan on Friday termed Arjun awardee and bronze medal winning in the international badminton championship Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth as Arjuna and his coach Pullela Gopichand as his Saradhi.

Praneeth, who won the bronze medal in the international championship is felicitated at the glittering Darbar Hall, Raj Bhavan. Congratulating Praneeth on his success in the badminton championship, the Governor wished that he wins the upcoming Olympics too and walk into the Raj Bhavan with silver medal if not gold.

The Governor is confident that Sai Praneeth will grow to the level of Prakash Padukone, a world champion.

Coach Gopi Chand profusely thanked the Governor couple for their ‘divine’ blessings to Sai Praneeth without which it would not have been possible to scale such heights.

He is confident that Sai Praneeth will certainly come back to Raj Bhavan after his victory in the upcoming Olympics in 2020.

Responding to the felicitations, Sai Praneeth expressed the hope that he will certainly win the Olympics and will come again to Raj Bhavan to take the blessings of the Governor and the Lady Governor.

Advisors to the Governor APVN Sarma and AK Mahanthy, Secretary to the Governor Surendra Mohan and others attended the function. (INN)

Governor, CM congratulate Sindhu on winning world title

Hyderabad: Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan congratulated PV Sindhu for her outstanding performance in winning the Gold at BWF World Championships.

“The nation feels proud of her historic accomplishment,” the Governor said.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao also congratulated PV Sindhu for winning the World Badminton Championship. He said by winning the championship, Sindhu made the country proud.

He desired that Sindhu should win many more such victories. (INN)

Governor, CM greets people on Krishnashtami

Hyderabad: Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan has extended his warm greetings and best wishes to the people of the State on the occasion of Krishna Janmasthami on Saturday.

In a message the Governor said that the festival of Janmashtami reminds us of the eternal message of Lord Krishna in Bhagvad Gita which would offer a firm foundation for building a harmonious society.

The Governor wished that this auspicious occasion would be a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity and further strengthen the bonds of brotherhood, amity and harmony in the State.

In a separate message, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao also conveyed Krishnashtami Greetings to the people of Telangana. (INN)

Governor, CM greets Muslims on Eid-ul-Zuha

Hyderabad: Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan has greeted the Muslims on the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha.

“On the solemn occasion of Bakrid (Eid-ul-Zuha), I extend my cordial greetings and good wishes to all my Muslim brethren in state.

Bakrid holds immense significance in the Islamic faith and is celebrated with great reverence. Bakrid symbolizes sacrifice, absolute devotion to God and compassion for the poor. It also emphasises the principle of sharing. Let this spirit of charity and goodwill towards all be cherished and nourished,” the Governor said in his message.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, in his message, conveyed greetings to the Muslim community on the eve of Bakrid.

He stated that it’s a festival of sacrifice and reminds everyone to follow the noble teachings of the prophet and imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, compassion and tolerance for fellow beings. (INN)

Governor with family members travel in Metro Rail

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metro Rail Project is the crown jewel of twin cities and the citizens shall make use of this modern public transport facility regularly, said Governor of Telangana ESL Narasimhan here on today Tuesday.

In an impromptu programme, the Governor along with his wife Vimala Narasimhan and grand-daughter has travelled this afternoon from Ameerpet junction to Nagole Metro Station as a common citizen and visited Uppal Metro Depot. HMRL Managing Director NVS Reddy accompanied the Governor in the Metro travel.

L&THMRL MD KVB Reddy and other senior officials have received the Governor at Nagole Metro Station and took him round the Metro Depot.

The officials have shown him the state of the art features of the Hyderabad Metro Rail project and particularly the functioning of Operation Command Control (OCC) Room.

Earlier, the Governor and lady Governor have planted fruit bearing saplings in the premises of L&T Metro Rail Depot.

In the return journey from Nagole, the Governor has got down at Begumpet Metro Station. While speaking to the media at Begumpet Metro Station, the Governor said, “The maintenance of Metro stations and operational systems are excellent.” and added He personally congratulated HMRL MD NVS Reddy and his team of officers”.

Replying to a query the Governor said, he himself has inaugurated the Metro Rail operations between Ameerpet Junction to LB Nagar Metro Station and Ameerpet Jn to Hitec City Metro Station about a year back and in this context, he wished to travel today in the Hyderabad Metro to get the first hand information. (INN)

Governor advises Group-1 Officers to realise dream of ‘Bangaru Telangana’

Hyderabad: The highly prestigious second Foundation Course for the very-first batch of Group-I Officers, after the formation of Telangana State, conducted by Dr. MCR HRD Institute, came to a spectacular end on August 2nd, 2019.

Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, who was the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Function, advised the Group-1 Officers to use their positive power, rather than mere brute authority of negative power, in order to serve all sections of society, especially its weaker and poorer counterparts.

“Developing empathy for understanding the pains and pathos of people and demonstrating sympathy in finding enduring solutions for their problems will be greatly instrumental in realizing the dream of Bangaru Telangana”, he added.

Continuing his address, the Governor called upon the Officers to be available for people 24×7 and thereby bring about a qualitative change in their lives. “The historical reorganization of the State into 33 relatively small districts provides a rare opportunity to the Group-1 Officers to emerge as people-friendly leaders”, he added.

The Governor called upon the Officers to contribute proactively to the multifaceted development of the State, rather than confining themselves to merely collecting revenue, endlessly tossing the files from one-desk-to-another, and working mechanically as per the archaic rulebook.

Narasimhan stated that the general image of the Officers in the society is that they are not people-friendly. “The need of the hour in the present-day transparent world of work, characterized by emergence of strong social media, a vibrant civil society, and an ever-alert people at large,is to drastically change this image by diversifying and enriching their professional and personal competence, commitment, and integrity”’, he added.

The Governor gave away Course Completion Certificates to the Group-1 Officers and also presented mementoes to Nukala Uday Reddy, DSP (Civil) for Best All-Round Performance and to Perka Jayasudha, DPO for securing Highest Aggregate Marks in Written Examination. He also released a copy of “Savvadi” a Journal, brought out by the House JournalSociety.

B P Acharya, Spl. Chief Secretary & DG, Dr. MCR HRD Institute, in his welcome address, said that the aim of the Foundation Course was to empower and inspire the Group -1 Officers to contribute their mite for the development of the State with outmost sincerity, integrity, and a sense of purpose.

“The Foundation Course, through a series of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities, focused on developing the nature and quality of the Group-1 Officers, sensitising them to the needs of poor people, and instilling a sense of confidence and idealism in order to make them efficient in implementing different Government programs”, he added. (INN)

Governor inaugurates BACRI’s golden jubilee celebrations

Hyderabad: Museums are the mirrors that reflect the country’s heritage and the way our ancestors lived, said Governor of Telangana ESL Narasimhan, here on Friday.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee celebrations of the Birla Archaeological and Cultural Research Institute at a function got up on the museum’s premises in Hyderabad, Narasimhan said that museums remind everyone of what was erased from their life by the onslaught of modern day technology, newer languages and ways of life.

“They are reminders of where we come from and a visit to the museum gives us immense pleasure which also satisfies our inner urge to see what we are missing in this modern era,” he maintained.

Nirmala Birla, Chairperson, Dr B. G. Sidharth, and other members of the Birla Science center welcomed the Governor.

Earlier, the Governor lighted the lamp as a mark of inauguration of Golden jubilee celebrations and also inaugurated the Space museum at Bhaskara Auditorium, Birla Science Centre.

Dr. A.P. Jamkhedkar, Chancellor, Deccan College, Pune, Dr B G Sidharth and others spoke. (INN)

Sailing events held in Hyderabad put India in International map: Governor

Hyderabad: Participating as Chief Guest at the 34th Hyderabad Sailing Week held at Hussainsagar, Hyderabad on Tuesday, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana E.S.L. Narasimhan and said that out of the 33 Sailing week events held so far,

he has been fortunate to be part of the Sailing events for over a decade and said he always looks forward to this event every year because it gives him the fresh air which is not available at many of the places. He said that is the reason why he prefers to attend these events every year.

The Governor said the sailing events held at Hussainsagar in Hyderabad every year are extremely well organised by the EME Sailing Club and the Secunderabad Sailing Club and said he is happy to note that the Telangana govt has been extending cooperation and giving incentives for the promotion of sailing competitions in the city.

He said the Hussainsagar and the sailing competitions held there has provided a platform to many budding youngsters to participate in sailing competitions in the country and win medals over the years.

Narasimhan said Miss Ashwini, Miss Kirthi, Master Ajay and Sanjay of Telangana Sports School, have achieved national acclaim in the field of sailing starting their career from the events held at Hussainsagar in Hyderabad.

Governor Narasimhan appreciated the sustainable efforts by various sailing associations to put Hyderabad city and India in the International sailing map.

Earlier, Lt.Gen. Paramjit Singh, AVSM, VSM, Commodore EME Sailing Association and Shashidhar, President of Secunderabad Club, welcomed the Governor. (INN)