Ministers review the paddy procurement situation in Telangana

Hyderabad: Minister of Finance Harish Rao, along with Minister for Civil Supplies Gangula Kamalakar, held a meeting with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and other officials of the Civil Supplies department at BRKR Bhavan today.  The Ministers reviewed the paddy procurement situation in the state.

The officials were directed to prepare a comprehensive note on paddy procurement and be prepared with all the relevant information for the Chief Minister’s meeting which is likely to be convened shortly.MLC and Telangana Rythu Bandhu Chairman Palla Rajeswar Reddy, Commissioner Civil Supplies Anil Kumar and other officials attended the meeting. (INN)

Health Minister Harish Rao inaugurates Paediatric Heart Surgery Unit at NIMS

Hyderabad: Rotary club of Jubilee Hills and SUVEN Life Sciences have set up s State of the Art Paediatric Heart Surgery Unit at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS),Hyderabad.

It is set up at an investment of Rs 4crore, CSR funds by Suven Pharma. The facility is expected to benefit 750 kids annually. The Paediatric Heart Surgeries will be performed free of cost.

Sri Thanneeru Harish Rao, Hon. Minister for Finance, Health, Medical & Family Welfare, Govt. of Telangana inaugurated this fully furnished modular 6 bedded Cardiothoracic ICU, Including a Class-l Air- conditioned isolation clean room suitable for Heart Transplant facility is equipped with high-end Heart-Lung Machine, ECHO, Nitric Oxide delivery, Bronchoscope, Infant Warmer beds to name a few.

Sri Venkat Jasti, Chairman and MD ‘s SUVEN Pharmaceuticals Limited provided CSR funds of close to Rs 4 Cr for this Facility to address Congenital Heart Diseases, prevalent in under nourished populace of rural villages.

Governor, Rotary International District 3150 Sri K Prabhakar re-affirmed commitment of Rotary International’s Focus Area of Disease Prevention & Treatment.

Dr. K Manohar appraised that this facility helps poor patients to access high end corporate facilities free under government schemes

President Sri P Suresh Gupta, Secretary Sri Kalyan Panguluri of Rotary Club of Jubilee Hills co-ordinated the project and graced the inaugural function.

TS Govt is spending RS 100 crore on 12000 Dialysis patients in the state: T Harish Rao

Hyderabad: Telangana State Government is spending RS 100 crore on attending 12000 dialysis patients in 43 government hospitals in the state.

150 kidney transplants are done free of cost per annum in government hospitals in Telangana state. We had 3 Dialysis centres before Telangana formed. But after we came into power we took the number to 43 informed T. Harish Rao while addressing a gathering at Jewel Gardens.

He was chief guest at a function organised by Bhagwan Mahavir Jain Relief Foundation Trust(BMJRFT) to mark their achievement of one million Dialysis. It was held on Saturday night at Jewel Gardens in Secunderabad.

BMJRFT which made a moderate beginning in 2009 by providing 16 Dialysis a month to 500 a month now is the biggest ever in the city. Besides this, the trust has achieved a world record by performing one million dialysis in the last 12 years at a subsidised price of Rs 300/- per session as against RS 1200 to 3000 charged by corporate hospitals.

Mr Harish Rao congratulated and appreciated the trust for humanitarian causes in helping many with Dialysis. Responding to PC Parakh, Chairman of the Trust about their outstanding issues, he promised to resolve all the outstanding issues. He assured them that a meeting would be scheduled within a week between the trust representatives and government officials.

Earlier Mr PC Parekh requested the minister to look into their outstanding issues such as 01. To revive the rates of Aarogya Shree, that government extends to dialysis patients under the scheme. The rate has not been revived in the last so many years. He also urged the government to speed up the process of releasing payments to the trust . It takes 7 to 8 months to release the payment. This leaves pressure on the trust on its working capital, Mr Parekh told the Minister.

Another request Mr Parekh made to the minister was that the trust according to the agreement has to share RS 150/- per patient out of Rs 300/- charged to King Koti hospital. We made representation to the government several times but it is still not resolved.

The Minister replied that he would take up the matter with Chief Minister Mr Chandrashekhar Rao about the request made for land to set up a hospital. And all other issues will be resolved through a meeting to be scheduled in a week’s time.

Water is one among the few other reasons because of which people become diabetic. This issue was addressed and resolved by the government through Mission Bageerath he said.

Money may come and go but service will remain, Harish Rao concluded his address.

Mr Harish Rao unveiled a commemorative souvenir.

Earlier welcoming the gathering the chairman of the trust Mr PC Parakh said six lakh out of ten lakh Dialysis sessions were performed for BPL families.

By providing Dialyses at subsidy price,  the trust has saved Rs 125 crore to the patients.

The function was graced by 

Ambassador Dr Deepak Vohra, IFS (Retd), Special Advisor to Prime Minister of Lesotha, South Sudan & Guinea-Bissau; Shi Dr Deepak Shah, Motivational Speaker; Brig Abhijit Chandra SM, Station Commander—TAASA, President, Sec-bad Cantonment Board and Ms G. Sunitha, MLA from Aler.

A family which donated 500 sq yards land worth approximately RS 6 to 7 crore, presented a cheque for Rs 1 crore as advance. Several donors announced their donations. The trust kept a target of raising Rs 10crore corpus fund and was successful in raising funds to a very large extent. 

Well over 1500 people attended the function

Cabinet Sub-Committee holds first meeting on hospitals’ functioning

Hyderabad: The Cabinet Sub-Committee to study on the functioning of Hospitals held it’s first meeting under the chairmanship of Finance Minister T. Harish Rao at BRKR Bhavan today.

The Committee Members including ministers Talasani Srinivas Yadav, G. Jagadish Reddy, V.Srinivas Goud, Vemula Prashanth Reddy, P. Sabitha Indra Reddy and Satyavathi Rathod, and Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar attended the meeting.

The Committee discussed with the health officials on the present available facilities and services in the Government Health Sector. The Committee also discussed the steps to be taken to improve general and specialized medical services which will be beneficial to the poorer sections.S.A.M Rizvi, Secretary, HM&FW, Dr. K. Ramesh Reddy, Director,  Medical Education,  Dr. G. Srinivasa Rao, Director, Public Health, Dr. T.Gangadhar, OSD to CM, Dr. Karunakar Reddy, VC, KNRUHS, Chandrasekhar Reddy, MD, TSMSIDC and other officials were present. (INN)

Harish Rao, CS holds review meeting on vaccination procurement

Hyderabad: Finance Minister T. Harish Rao and Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar held a review meeting at BRKR Bhavan today on vaccination procurement and auto drivers’ vaccination.

During the review meeting, a decision was taken on providing vaccines to all RTC Drivers, Auto Drivers and Maxi Cab Drivers, from 3rd June onwards across the Telangana State. About 10,000 people will be vaccinated per day in the GHMC area and other district headquarters. The Minister also reviewed the stock availability of vaccine, allotment of vaccine quota by the Government of India. He instructed the concerned officials to pursue and make efforts with the Government authorities on more allocation of Vaccine doses to the state.

Harish Rao also reviewed with the officials on the procurement of Medical Equipment, Oxygen supply, Storage units and discussed preventive measures in anticipation of 3rd wave Covid-19 impact.Special Chief Secretary (TR&B) Sunil Sharma, Principal Secretary (ITE&C) Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary Health Department Rizvi and other senior officials attended the meeting. (INN)

Harish Rao, CS discuss vaccination of ‘super spreaders’

Hyderabad: Finance  Minister T. Harish Rao, along with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, held a meeting at BRKR Bhavan today to discuss the issue of vaccinating all super spreaders. 

It was directed to take a special drive to ensure that all the LPG delivery staff, FP shop dealers, Petrol Pump workers, auto and cab drivers, vendors in rythu bazaars, fruit, vegetable and flower markets, kirana shops, liquor shops, non vegetarian markets are vaccinated.  The issues relating to identification of super spreaders and other logistic arrangements were deliberated.

Secretary Health & Family Welfare Rizvi, GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar, CDMA Satyanarayana, Transport Commissioner MRM Rao, Director Public Health Srinivas Rao and other officials attended. (INN)

Harish Rao, CS holds meeting on setting up of oxygen plants

Hyderabad: As per the directions of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, today Finance Minister T. Harish Rao and Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar held a meeting at BRKR Bhavan on the construction of liquid Oxygen storage units, PSA plants (pressure swing adsorption) and cryogenic tankers to ensure proper supply of oxygen to the patients in the state.  The company representatives made a presentation on the production of medical equipment in the meeting.

The Minister and Chief Secretary has directed them to take immediate steps for providing equipment to supply oxygen to the patients in the hospitals.

They also reviewed and directed the Health officials to initiate the necessary process immediately to implement Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao directions on Covid-19 control measures in the state.

Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, IT & Industries, S.A.M Rizvi, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Ronald Rose, Special Secretary Finance, Dr. Ramesh Reddy, Director, Medical Education, Chandrasekhar Reddy, MD, TSMSIDC, Krishna & other representatives of MEIL were participated in the meeting. (INN)

CM KCR compliments Harish Rao for ‘balanced’ budget

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar has complimented the Budget presented by Finance Minister T Harish Rao for the financial year 2020-2021 and said it was a balanced one.

KCR described it as a progressive budget prepared for the Welfare Telangana State. He said the Budget is realistic one striking a balance between the income, expenditure and needs of the people.

He has expressed satisfaction over adequate allocations made in the Budget for the plans made for welfare of all sections and for all the sectors. He said despite the fact that the country is going through an economic slowdown, decrease in the state revenues, reduction in the funds from the Centre, the Budget was made not to hamper any development activity in the State, which is a congratulatory effort.

The Chief Minister said that the Budget was made in accordance with the promises made during the elections, measures taken by the government for the village and urban progress and development, the objective of including more poor in the welfare schemes.

KCR congratulated Harish Rao after the latter introduced the Budget in the Legislative Assembly.

The CM also congratulated Legislative Affairs Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy who introduced the Budget in the Legislative Council, Principal Secretary (Finance) Ramakrishna Rao who participated in the Budget preparations and other officials from the Finance Ministry. (INN)

TS Govt allocates Rs. 10,000 Cr for Hyderabad development

Hyderabad: Telangana Government has allocated an amount of Rs. 10,000 crore in the budget for 2020-21 for the development of Hyderabad city.

Finance Minister T. Harish Rao, in his budget speech delivered in Assembly on Sunday, called Hyderabad as the Jewel of Telangana. “This city with 400 years history has got name and fame as the most affordable and livable city.

Hyderabad which is having moderate climatic conditions and cosmopolitan culture is getting worldwide fame and appreciation. Due to the unscrupulous policies adopted by the erstwhile combined State, city life has become full of turmoil. Facilities have not been improved in proportionate to the growth of population,” he said.

Harish Rao said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had requested the Central Government to grant special funds for development of six Metro Cities in India. However, he said that the Central Government has not granted special funds to Hyderabad and other cities. However, the Telangana Government has estimated that Rs. 50,000 Crore are required in the next five years to take up development works in the capital city which is being transformed into International City.

“An amount of Rs.10,000 crores is proposed in this Budget to carryout Musi River purification and Musi River Front Project and all other special projects and works in Hyderabad Urban Agglomeration area,” he announced.

The Finance Minister said that Hyderabad Metro Rail entered into history books as biggest Metro Rail Project after Delhi. Earlier, Metro Rail was running from Miyapur to LB Nagar, Nagole to Ameerpet, Ameerpet to Rayadurgam. Recently, Metro Rail commenced its services from Jubilee Bus Station to Imlibun. Remaining five kilometers covering old city will be completed at the earliest, he said.

In the second phase, plans are being prepared for Metro Rail from Rayadurgam to Shamshabad and from BHEL to Lakdikapool. (INN)

Harish Rao presents Rs. 1.82 lakh crore budget for 2020-21

Hyderabad: Finance Minister T. Harish Rao presented a budget of Rs. Rs.1,82,914 Crore for Telangana State for the financial year 2020-21, an increase by a whopping Rs. 40,762 crore compared to revised budget of 2019-20.

“In 2020-21 financial year, I am proposing Rs.1,82,914.42 crore of expenditure. Out of this, the revenue expenditure is Rs.1,38,669.82 crore and capital expenditure is Rs.22,061.18 crore.

It is estimated that surplus in Budget Estimates is Rs.4,482.12 crore, while the fiscal deficit is Rs.33,191.25 crore,” Harish Rao said while presenting his maiden budget as Finance Minister in the Assembly on Sunday.

Harish Rao informed that as per the Revised Estimates, the total expenditure in 2019-20 is estimated at Rs.1,42,152 crore. Out of this, the revenue expenditure is Rs. 1,10,824 crore while capital expenditure is Rs.13,165 crore. As per the revised estimates, surplus in revenue account is Rs.103.55 crore.

It may be mentioned that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had presented an Vote-on-Account budget of Rs. 1,82,017 crore for 2019-20 in February 2019.

In view of economic slowdown, the budget was trimmed and the Chief Minister presented a full-fledged budget in September 2019 cutting down the total estimated expenditure to Rs. 146,492 Crore. It was later revised to Rs. 1,37,226 crore and now to Rs. 1,42,152 crore.

Harish Rao claimed that the annual budget for 2020-21 has been prepared realistically with the sole aim of promoting the welfare of all the sections of the society and improving the growth prospects of all the sectors of the economy. “Budget is not about figures written on papers but a reflection of social values. This Budget is reflects the comprehensive vision, foresight and dedication of Chief Minister for the overall development of the State,” he said.

The Finance Minister said that the budget has been prepared against the backdrop of overall economic slowdown gripping the Indian economy. “The economy is facing slowdown for the past one and a half years. As a result, there is reduction in tax devolution and other transfers to the State by the Centre, and decline in the growth of State revenues.

There is an immediate need to keep up the growth momentum in the State. The tax devolution from Centre to the State is expected to be lower in 2019-20 by Rs. 3,731 crore as compared with the budget estimates. There are delays and shortfalls in the release of State’s share in Integrated Goods and Services Tax and GST compensation.

Following the economic slowdown, the growth of the State’s own revenues in 2019-20 (till the end of February) is estimated to be at 6.3%, much below the growth of 16.1% achieved in 2018-19,” he said.

Further, he said that due to the recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission, there will be a reduction in the share of Telangana in Central tax devolution from 2.437% to 2.133 % resulting in reduction of tax devolution by an amount of Rs. 2,384 crore in 2020-21.

“Let me assure the Hon’ble Members that despite these adverse developments, which are beyond our control, the government is confident of overcoming the situation with appropriate strategies and keep up the growth momentum in the State,” he said.

As per the Advanced Estimates, Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in 2019-20 is estimated at Rs.9,69,604 crores, at current prices indicating a growth of 12.6% over the previous year. Because of the economic slowdown, there has been a slight decline in the growth of GSDP, in current prices, from 14.3 % in 2018-19 to 12.6% in 2019-20.

However, the decline is much lower than that of the decline in national GDP growth from 11.2% to 7.5 % in the corresponding period. Thus, to a great extent, the State economy has withstood the shocks of the economic slowdown across the country and maintained a double digit growth rate, he claimed.

Agriculture and allied sectors have recorded an impressive growth in 2019-20. While the crop sector is estimated to grow at 23.7%, the livestock and fishing sectors are estimated to grow at 17.3% and 8.1% respectively.

“This is ample proof that the initiatives taken by the Government in the agriculture and allied sectors like irrigation, loan waiver and Rythu Bandhu, sheep distribution and development of water bodies and fisheries have not only contributed to the farmers’ welfare but also contributed to the growth of the State economy. The services sector is estimated to grow at 14.1% in 2019-20 at current prices,” he said.

The Finance Minister informed that the per capita income of the State of Telangana was greater than the per capita income of our country. Per capita income for 2019-20 for Telangana is estimated at Rs.2,28,216/- whereas the per capita income of our country is Rs.1,35,050/-.

The major allocations are Panchayat Raj & RR – 23,005 Cr; SC Welfare – 16,534.97 Cr; Municipal Administration – 14,809 Cr; Rythu Bandhu – 14,000 Cr; Housing – 11,917 Cr; Aasra Pension – 11,758 Cr; Drinking Water – 11,054 – Cr; School Education – 10,421 Cr; Energy – 10,416 Cr; Hyderabad Development – 10,000 Cr; ST Welfare – 9,771.27 Cr; Crop Loan Waiver – 6,225 – Cr; Health – 6,186 Cr; Police Administration – 5,852 Cr; Backward Classes Welfare – 4,356 Cr; Roads & Buildings – 3,494 Cr; Fee Reimbursement – 2,650 Cr; Indutrial Development – 1,998 Cr; Higher Education – 1,723.27 Cr; Animal Husbandry – 1,586.38 Cr; Minorities Welfare – 1,518.06 Cr; Industrial Infrastructure – 1,500 Cr; Kalyana Lakshmi – 1,350 Cr; Women SHGs – 1,200 Cr; Rythu Bima – 1,141 Cr; Market Intervention Fund – 1000 Cr; RTC – 1000 Cr; Drinking Water in 38 Municipalities – 800 Cr; Forest & Environment – 791 Cr; Collectorate, DPO, PCCC – 550 Cr; MBC Corporation – 500 Cr; Endowments Dept – 500 Cr; MLA, MLCs SDP – 480 Cr; Total Literacy Programme – 100 Cr. (INN)