Committee submits report on harassment of women in the film industry to Telangana Govt

Hyderabad: The High-Level Committee constituted to look into the women harassment issues pertaining to the film and television industry in the state submitted its report to Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar IAS at a meeting held at BRKR Bhavan today.

During the meeting, the Chief Secretary congratulated the members of the committee for submitting a comprehensive report on the issues pertaining to harassment of women in the film and television industry and suggesting measures to tackle this menace.  He suggested that all the stakeholders in the film and other media industries should come together to address these issues.  There is a need to come out with standard operating procedures, he added.  Chief Secretary stated that there is a need to create awareness about the various provisions and suggested that the film industry should consider online membership of the unions.

The Committee Members requested that recommendations may be implemented.

GHMC Mayor G. Vijaya Lakshmi, Special Chief Secretary (MA&UD) Arvind Kumar and senior officials were present at the meeting.

C.Kalyan, President, Telugu Film Producers Council, Anupam Reddy, Secretary, State Film Chamber of Commerce, Preeti Nigam, Film and TV Artiste,  Prof. Vasanthi, NALSAR University of Law, Y.Supriya, Producer and Studio Owner, Jhansi, Film and TV Artiste, N.Shankar, Film Director, ANVESHI, K.Satyavathi, BHUMIKA attended the meeting. (INN)

Chief Secretary discusses action plan on promotion of single pick Cotton

Hyderabad: Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar held a meeting to discuss the proposed action plan on the promotion of single pick Cotton at BRKR Bhavan today. 

The Chief Secretary stated that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has directed to promote single pick cotton to improve productivity and also to generate income for the farmers of the state.  The single pick cotton provides a 40 percent higher yield and many foreign countries also use this kind of cotton.

Somesh Kumar instructed the officials to take up single pick cotton in 45 thousand acres across the state as sufficient seed is available.  He said that the area expansion model should be followed in those areas where trials were conducted earlier by the seed companies and practiced by the farmers.  In the second model promotion of single pick cotton should be taken up in demonstration mode in all the identified districts, mandals and villages across the state. 

The Chief Secretary directed the officials to immediately convene a meeting of seed companies to promote HDPS technology.  AEOs meeting should be conducted and enrolment of farmers should be done.  An app should be brought up which should include a profile of the farmer, details of rainfall, crop calendar, etc.

M Raghunandan Rao, Secretary Agriculture, Praveen Rao, VC PJTSAU, Hanuman K Zendage, Special Commissioner Agriculture, Venkatram Reddy, Horticulture Commissioner and other officials attended the meeting. (INN)

CM KCR to lead Telangana Formation Day celebrations on 2nd June

Hyderabad: Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar informed that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao will unfurl the national flag in connection with Telangana State formation Day on the 2nd of June at Public Gardens.  He will also pay tributes to the Martyrs at the Telangana Amaraveerula Stupam at Gun Park on the occasion.

At a meeting held today, the Chief Secretary instructed the police department to make necessary security and traffic arrangements from the 27th of this month till the 2nd of June. The R&B officials were asked to make arrangements for barricading, security lighting and sunshades as per feasibility.  Similarly, the I&PR department was directed to install a public address system and LED screens at the venue. The GHMC was directed to arrange for cleaning, leveling, watering and maintenance of sanitary and hygienic conditions.  It was also decided to ensure the supply of drinking water, provision of uninterrupted power supply and arrangement of ORS packets. The cultural department will organise a Kavi Sammelan in the evening at Ravindra Bharathi on that day, the Chief Secretary said.DGP Mahender Reddy, Spl CS (MA&UD) Arvind Kumar, Spl. Chief Secretary (Energy) Sunil Sharma, Prl. Secretary (Home) Ravi Gupta, Secretary (Health) SAM Rizvi, GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar, HMWSS&B MD Dana Kishore, Addl. Secretary (Protocol) Arvinder Singh, TSSPDCL (CMD) G. Raghuma Reddy and Director Culture M. Hari Krishna attended. (INN)

Chief Secretary holds review meeting on paddy procurement in Telangana

Hyderabad: Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar today held a meeting with Civil Supplies department officials and took stock of the paddy procurement in the state. 

The Commissioner of Civil Supplies informed that the paddy procurement is going on smoothly across the state.  So far, 4.61 lakh MTS paddy has been procured in the state from 61,300 farmers through 3679 paddy procurement centres. The present availability of gunny bags is sufficient to procure 31 lakh MTS of paddy.

He stated that while 7.8 crore gunny bags are readily available, tenders for procuring eight crore gunny bags are being finalized today.  In addition to that 2.5 crore gunny bags will be received from Jute Corporation of India shortly.  51 check posts have been established in 17 bordering districts of the state to ensure that paddy is not brought by middlemen from other states to the paddy procurement centres.

The Chief Secretary directed the officials to upload the details of paddy procured the same day so that payment can be made to the farmers at the earliest.  He said that money is not a problem as the government has mobilized Rs. 5,000  Crores so far for this purpose.  As soon as the paddy is procured the same is being sent to mills. 4.3 lakh MTS paddy has been shifted to mills till today and as such, there is no backlog, he said.  

As the harvesting has not started in Warangal, Gadwal, Wanaparthy, Bhoopalpally and Nagarkurnool districts, paddy procurement centres have not been set up in these districts, Chief Secretary said and added that the paddy procurement centres will be set up once harvesting in these districts begins.Civil Supplies Commissioner Anil Kumar, GM Procurement Raji Reddy and other senior officials attended the meeting. (INN)

Chief Secretary chairs meeting on paddy procurement

Hyderabad: As announced by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao to purchase the entire Paddy cultivated in the Yasangi season, the Committee met today under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary at BRKR Bhavan to enable to prepare an Action Plan for smooth procurement of Paddy in the State.

In this meeting, Yasangi Paddy Procurement, rice to be supplied to the FCI and other agriculture-related matters were discussed.Special Chief Secretary Finance Ramakrishna Rao, Special Chief Secretary Irrigation Rajat Kumar, Secretary Agriculture Raghunandan Rao, Civil Supplies Commissioner Anil Kumar and others participated. (INN)

Chief Secretary holds tele-conference with District Collectors on heatwave condition

Hyderabad: As per the directions of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar held a teleconference with District Collectors and senior officials of health, education and disaster management departments in the wake of severe heatwave conditions prevailing in the state.

The Chief Secretary observed that the daytime temperatures have started rising considerably in many parts of the State with the approaching summer. As the Met department has warned that temperatures would rise further in several districts of the state, he directed that schools should be closed early. The education department will issue necessary guidelines in this regard.  He directed the officials to initiate steps to sensitize people about the measures they should take to avoid the ill effects of heatwave conditions.  The movement of elderly people and children in the afternoon should be avoided.

 He directed the Medical and Health department to keep stock of ORS, fluids, glucose and other essentials in adequate quantities in all PHCs, sub-centers, schools and Anganwadi centres. 108 vehicles should be arranged if any person suffers heat stroke and hospitals should be on alert to admit the patient and provide necessary treatment

The Panchayat Secretaries and other officials concerned should conduct gram sabhas and publicize the do’s and don’ts besides setting up water supply kiosks at market yards, bus stations etc. NGOs and other voluntary bodies may be mobilized to run water and buttermilk supply centres.  The MNREGA timings should be adjusted so as to ensure that no worker suffers from heatwave conditions.  The fire department should also be on high alert.  Efforts should be made to ensure all amenities to children appearing for examinations in addition to prioritising maintenance of power to all critical facilities like hospitals and drinking water supply schemes. District collectors should prepare their district-specific heatwave action plans, Chief Secretary said.

All the departments have been directed to initiate an advance plan of action regarding preparedness, response, relief and mitigation measures to ensure zero human deaths due to heatwave.  Accordingly, awareness should be created on the symptoms of heatstroke and its consequences as also the precautions that should be taken. 

Secretary Education Sandeep Kumar Sultania, Secretary Health Rizvi, Commissioner Disaster Management Manick Raj, IMD Director Nagaratna and other officials participated in the teleconference. (INN)

Chief Secretary inspects housing project in Bandlaguda, Pocharam areas

Hyderabad: Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on Saturday visited Bandlaguda and Pocharam and inspected the flats built by the Rajiv Swagruha Corporation, which the government wants to sell in the days to come.

The Chief Secretary went around the housing complexes to have first-hand knowledge of the condition prevailing there and later interacted with the residents who had earlier purchased these flats and enquired about the problems being faced by the residents. He held a meeting with senior officials who had accompanied the Chief Secretary during the visit.

Somesh Kumar instructed the officials to take up cleaning of the entire premises so as to have a neat and tidy look.  He also instructed to mark the parking area immediately so as to ensure that all flats have designated parking slots available.  Officials were also directed to keep the model flats ready within a week.

The Chief Secretary said that all the ready to occupy flats will be put up for sale very soon on first cum first serve basis.  Special preference will be given to government employees and employees of public sector undertakings.  Bank tie-up will also be arranged.

Special Chief Secretary Housing Sunil Sharma, Special Chief Secretary MA&UD Arvind Kumar, Special Secretary Finance Ronald Ross, GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar, CDMA Satyanarayana, Director Prohibition & Excise Sarfaraz Ahmed, Medchal Collector Harish and other officials were present on the occasion.Later, the Chief Secretary visited Sadbhavana Colony Pocharam and inspected the flats.  He instructed the officials to formulate an action plan so as to expedite the sale of all the ready to occupy flats.  With most of the flats having water and electric connections, it was felt that the flats can be put on sale at the earliest. (INN)

Chief Secretary reviews arrangements for President’s visit to Muchintal

Hyderabad: Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar held a coordination meeting with the officials of various Heads of the department at BRKR Bhavan today in connection with the arrangements to be made for the visit of President of India Ramnath Konvind to Muchintal on 13th February.

The Chief Secretary directed the officials of concerned departments to work in coordination to make the arrangements in a most perfect way. He directed R&B Officials to take up road repair works barricading so that traffic to the Muchintal route.  He directed the electricity department to ensure 24 hours power supply, the medical department to deploy medical teams and other departments to make arrangements as per the protocol at Muchintal.  

Somesh Kumar said that the President’s visit to Hyderabad should be seen as an opportunity to further enhance the prestige of the Telangana Government and the recognition of Hyderabad worldwide. Accordingly, the officials have been directed to coordinate with all the departments to avoid any shortcomings in arrangements and make the President’s visit Comfortable.

Several senior officials from various departments attended the review meeting. (INN)

Chief Secretary inspects door-to-door fever survey

Hyderabad: Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar visited Hilltop colony in Khairatabad today and took stock of the door to door fever survey being conducted by various government departments including the GHMC and the Health & Family Welfare.  The health officials explained to the Chief Secretary about the survey taken up in the colony.

The Chief Secretary said that as per the directions of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, a multi disciplinary team comprising Asha/ANM/municipal/panchayat staff is visiting every colony and conducting the survey with a primary objective of identifying individuals with Covid 19 symptoms.  All the symptomatic persons are being supplied medicine kits and also being isolated immediately so as to break the transmission chains.  Another innovation as part of the fever survey is to vaccinate all those left over persons, including those who are immobile.  These people are vaccinated at their door steps.

Somesh Kumar stated that the government had earlier done fever surveys twice and the success of door to door surveys in the earlier phases has encouraged them to launch a similar drive this time as well.  He informed that daily more than one lakh tests are being conducted and one crore medical kits are readily available with the government.  Referring to availability of beds, he said that more than 56 thousand beds both in public and private hospitals are equipped with oxygen facilities. He appealed to the public to participate in the door to door survey and cooperate with the government.

GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar, Hyderabad Collector Sharman, Additional Commissioner Ravi Kiran, DMHO Venkat and other officials were present. (INN)

CM KCR reviews rain situation

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao took stock of the situation in the State due to heavy rains with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on Monday. 

The Chief Minister directed the CS to take all necessary precautions against any loss of life or property due to heavy rains across the state for another two days due to the impact of the Gulab storm.  He stated that the Revenue, Police, and other departments should work in coordination. Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar once again held a teleconference with District Collectors in the wake of heavy rains in the State.  Apart from the Chief Secretary, DGP Mahender Reddy, Special CS (Roads and Buildings) Sunil Sharma, Panchayati Raj (Secretary) Sandeep Kumar Sultania and Disaster Management Secretary Rahul Bojja were also present in the conference.

CS Somesh Kumar said Collectors have been directed to remain vigilant in the wake of warnings from the Meteorological Department that there will be heavy rains for another two days across the state. He said the Revenue, Police, Panchayati Raj, Irrigation and Fire departments in the district should work in coordination.  Somesh Kumar noted that tough measures should be taken to prevent loss of life and property.  He said the services of NDRF teams in Hyderabad, Kottagudem and Warangal should be utilised, if necessary.  He stated that a separate control room should be set up in each District Collectorate office and information should be provided to the control room set up in the Secretariat.  The situation should be reviewed by appointing Special Officers at problematic areas such as inland areas, ponds, ditches and bridges, he added.

DGP Mahender Reddy informed that he had directed the police commissioners and SPs to work in coordination with the district collectors.  He said a teleconference was conducted with police officers to this effect. (INN)