KTR asks the Centre to review the controversial Agnipath scheme

Hyderabad: Agnipath scheme is killing the aspirations of millions of youth who want to join the armed forces and serve the nation, said TRS Working President K. Tarakarama Rao.

Without any consultation, the BJP Govt at the center has taken a unilateral decision on the Agnipath scheme, KTR said. He stated that the farmers weren’t consulted before introducing farm laws, traders weren’t consulted before bringing GST, citizens of the nation were neglected during demonitization, and the minorities were ignored when CAA was proposed

The BJP Govt at the center has played with the lives of farmers with draconian farm laws and is now adversely affecting the soldiers with schemes like Agnipath, said KTR.  He also said that the Union Govt should take complete responsibility for the protests taking place across the nation.

The center has reduced the army from ‘one rank-one pension’ to ‘no rank – no pension,’ said KTR. He stated that this is a scheme that is pushing the national security and future of youth into danger, which is a threat to the nation.

KTR mentioned that the agitations across the country against this controversial scheme show how intense the unemployment problem in India is. He also added that the youth of the nation is not happy with the Union Govt and its policies.

He stated that the BJP at the center is trying to privatize the military of the country which shows their inefficiency in governance. 

TRS Working President KTR stated that 75% of the youth who join the army through the Agnipath scheme will become unemployed at the end of the fourth year. He questioned what would happen to the youth who finish a four years career in the army and come out.

KTR stated that the Union Govt has failed miserably in providing employment opportunities to the army officials who served for many years risking their lives for the safety and security of the country.

KTR trashed the words of the Union Govt which stated that the youth after completing four years will get jobs in private firms. He added that no citizen in the country would believe the words of Prime Minister Modi after he failed to deliver his promise of two crore jobs every year in the country.

This scheme will majorly affect the youth coming from rural areas who aspire to join the army and serve the nation, KTR said. He also stated that this controversial scheme will disturb the organizational culture, traditions, and values that have kept the Indian Army at the highest pedestal for decades.

KTR stated that the Union Govt is negatively affecting the spirit of the armed forces by taking such decisions at a time when the neighboring countries are posing a threat to the security of the country.

Setting aside national security, BJP is keen on financial elements, KTR said. He added that this is a cheap attempt made by the BJP Govt to save the pension money which is given to the retired officers.

KTR demanded the Prime Minister to respond to these protests and also make his stand public to clear the doubts of the unemployed youth.

TRS working President KTR added that the TRS party understands the agony of the protesters.KTR conveyed his condolences to the youth who died in the protests at the Secunderabad Railway station today. He said that the Union Govt should take complete responsibility for this death. (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)

Congress demands Covid-19 tests for all vulnerable groups

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy demanded that the State Government conduct rapid and random tests for all vulnerable groups, especially those more than 60 years of age.

Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan on Monday, Narayana Reddy said that the Telangana Government was not following the norms set by World Health Organisation (WHO) of “Trace, Test and Treat” to combat the Coronavirus in the State.

Quoting figures furnished by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao in his press conference held on Sunday, he said that so far only 14,962 samples have been tested across the State. “KCR, while addressing a press conference on March 27, had stated that 25,937 have been quarantined in Telangana and they would be completing the 14-day quarantine period by April 7.

In Sunday’s press conference, he informed that 1,818 persons are still quarantined. Therefore, of nearly 27,755 suspects, only 14,962 samples (or 53%) have been tested which is too low,” he said.

Narayana Reddy asked as to why the State Government did not conduct Covid-19 tests even all identified suspects. “As per CM’s statement, nine government testing facilities have a capacity of 1560 per day. Why the capacity was not fully utilised? We’re having lockdown since March 22.

On an average, only 432 samples were tested per day for the last 28 days. We could’ve tested 100% of suspects in just 17 days if we would’ve utilised all government labs,” he said.

Further, the Congress leader strongly condemned the KCR Government for not allowing nine private laboratories like Apollo Hospitals, Vijaya Diagnostics, etc., to conduct COVID-19 although they have been permitted by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). He said that the State Government did not frame the local guidelines to allow private labs to conduct COVID-19 tests.

He said that the Supreme Court, in its recent order, clearly stated that the COVID-19 tests should be conduct free of cost and State Government should bear the entire cost. “Is KCR afraid of additional financial burden if more tests are conducted?” he asked.

Narayana Reddy said that the Coronavirus crisis emerged only a few days after the presentation of budget for 2020-21 in which KCR Government made tall claims on State’s financial situation. However, just one week after the lockdown, CM KCR indirectly declared bankruptcy and announced 50% cut in salaries and pensions.

“CM KCR must specify the reasons why his government was not allowing tests at a large scale. Either his government does not have money to conduct more tests or he is afraid that the number of cases might increase if all suspects or vulnerable groups undergo test,” he said.

He advised that the State Government should bear the cost for COVID-19 test for poor and middle-class and those who could afford it, would pay for the tests on their own. Demanding that all ICMR’s approved labs be permitted to conduct tests, he said that the Congress party might approach the court in this regard.

The Congress leader clarified that his party was not indulging in politics. “We are only giving constructive suggestions to the government in the interest of common people. TRS, in its manifesto for 2014 elections, had promised one Super Speciality Hospital in each district headquarter.

Having failed to establish a single hospital in the last six-and-a-half years, KCR is trying to highlight conversion of Gachibowli Stadium into a hospital as an achievement. He is openly cheating the common people,” he said.

Narayana Reddy said that the entire population of Telangana has been religiously honouring the lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Thousands of people in 292 Containment Zones are not venturing out of their doorsteps. Every citizen is displaying total commitment to beat the Coronavirus. Common people have been giving several sacrifices in combat against COVID-19. CM KCR, who claims to have read over 80,000 books, should apply his wisdom and follow the 3-T norm of ‘Trace, Test and Treat’ to prevent the further spread of Coronavirus,” he said.

“Why we can’t test entire population in 292 Containment Zones? Is KCR waiting for some strong symptoms among suspects to conduct tests? Is it not advisable to test someone for the disease before his/her condition deteriorates further?” he asked. (INN)

Congress asks TS Govt to increase testing for Coronavirus

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President & Nalgonda MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the State Government should increase the number of tests for Coronavirus in the State.

Addressing video-conference with senior leaders on Friday, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the number of tests currently being done was too low.

He said tests should be done at a largescale to identify the affected people and treat me. He said lockdown was not the only solution to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. He said largescale testing should be done to ensure that the virus does not spread from the infected people to others.

The video-conference was attended by AICC Telangana Incharge General Secretary RC Kuntia, CLP leader Bhatti Vikramarka, MPs Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and A. Revanth Reddy, MLAs D. Sridhar Babu, Jagga Reddy, P. Veeraiah, TPCC Working Presidents Ponnam Prabhakar and Kusum Kumar, AICC Secretaries Vamshichand Reddy, Sampath Kumar, Srinivasan Krishnan, ex-PCC President V. Hanumantha Rao and Ponnala Lakshmaiah, former Deputy CM Damodar Rajanarsinha, former CLP leader Jana Reddy, Task Force Committee chairman Marri Shashidhar Reddy, National Vice President of Kisan Morcha M. Kodanda Reddy, AICC Spokesperson Dasoju Sravan, S. Niranjan and others.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress party has been giving constructive suggestions to the government. However, the ruling TRS party leaders were trying to take political advantage.

He said cases were being registered against the Congress party leaders to prevent them from distributing food and other essential items among needy persons.

Demanding immediate withdrawal of cases, he said the public representatives should be allowed to meet people to instill confidence among them.

He alleged that TRS ministers and leaders were moving around at various places, including Red Zone areas, in utter violation of norms without ensuring Social Distancing. He said there were large number of complaints of non-supply of food and other essential items by the general public.

CLP leader Bhatti Vikramarka condemned the registration of case against Bhadrachalam MLA P. Veeraiah. He said that the State Government was providing food and other essentials among the poor people and it was registering cases against Congress leaders when they tried to reach out to he needy persons.

Several leaders expressed their views during the video-conference.

The Congress leaders demanded that the State Government adopt a humanitarian approach to solve the crisis. They also asked the government to maintain transparency in financial matters. They said people without ration cards should also be provided required help.

As demanded by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the MGNREGA workers should be paid advance payments for 21 days. They also discussed the issue of purchase of agriculture products and said that the process has not yet begun in many villages.

They said the economic crisis and unemployment caused due to lockdown should also be addressed by the government. They said small and medium businesses should be provided help so as to ensure that the unemployment problem does not rise.

They said of nearly 8 lakkh migrant workers in Telangana, the governnment was providing assistance only to nearly 3 lakh workers. Therefore, a majority of migrant workers were still left without any assistance. They also condemned the registration of case against former MP V. Hanumantha Rao and demanded its withdrawal.

Further, they said nearly 13 lakh White Ration Card holders were yet to get the promised financial assistance from the government. They pointed out that Congress president Rahul Gandhi had insisted on conducting more number of tests in the country.

Stating that the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has procured one lakh Rapid Testing Kits, they said Telangana should also import same kits from South Korea.

They Congress leaders alleged that the State Government was not maintaining transparency in financial affairs. The Chief Minister had announced that Rs. 30,000 crore would be earmarked for procurement of agricultural products while only Rs. 20,000 crore is said to be sufficient for the purpose.

They appreciated the help being provided by several Congress leaders and workers across the State to poor and needy persons and said that the High Command must encourage them further. (INN)

Congress demands TRS Govt to be honest on minority budget

Hyderabad: City Congress Minorities Chairman Sameer Waliullah stated that the budget allocation for Minorities Welfare in the state is proving shallow each year ever since the TRS Government came to power in the State. The same is evident in the recent state budget where allocation was cut short to only Rs 1,518 crore for minorities.

Unfortunately, the budget proposal for Minorities Welfare is not even 1 % of the total state budget and it shows the sincerity of the government in this regard.

He said that TRS had announced to upgrade about 71 Minorities Residential Schools into Junior Colleges this year but the budget allocations do not support this announcement.

He questioned as to how the State government would establish the Junior Colleges without sufficient funds for the minorities welfare. He said that KCR has been hoodwinking the minorities by taking up some superficial measures for the minorities.

Sameer said that there was no separate minister for Minorities in the previous cabinet that threw the minority welfare department to the winds. He further said that the percentage of expenditure from the allocated budget did not even cross 50% during the past few years.

In the financial year 2018-19, state government had allocated Rs 1,973.41 crore of which only Rs 703.24 crore were spent making it only 36.6% of the total allocation.

Similarly, Rs 1367 crore were allocated for the year 2019-20 but most of the allocated budget lapsed due to non-utilization. He asked the Chief Minister as to what was the point in allocation if the funds are not utilized for the Minorities welfare.

He said that budget allocation for minorities was high on announcement and low on delivery or spending. All the schemes pertaining to Minorities would be affected because of the lower allocation of funds coupled with lesser use of the allocated budget in the coming days. He demanded the state government to be genuine in delivering the minorities welfare schemes. (INN)

Congress slams TRS Govt for deteriorating public health sector

Hyderabad: The Congress party has accused the TRS Government of completely neglecting the public health sector in Telangana State.

Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Official Spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin alleged that there was an acute shortage of drugs in dispensaries across Telangana State. He said all dispensaries were supplied drugs in the month of February 2019 and no buffer stock is left in the dispensaries now.

Those managing the dispensaries have sent multiple reminders to the Health Department in August and then in November 2019 seeking fresh supplies. However, the State Government took no measures to supply the medicines. Drugs which are not available in dispensaries are of Anti-Hypertensives, Anti-Diabetics, Pain Killes, Antacids, Anti Cancer Drugs including Paracetamol, he alleged.

He said medicines were also not available in the ESI Hospitals which are run from the money collected from employees and employers.

Nizamuddin said that the State Government has cut funding for several schemes due to ongoing economic crisis. However, he said Telangana might be the only State in the country which has cut the funding for supply of medicines, including the life saving drugs. He said as against Rs 12 crore allocated in 2018-19 for ‘Life Saving Medicines and Disposables’, no allocation was made for 2019-20. Similarly, the budget of Rs. 18.27 crore allocated in 2018-19 was made ‘zero’ in 2019-20. Similarly, no budget was allocated for ‘Contingency Fund for PHCs and CHCs’ and ‘Epidemic Control Schemes’.

Likewise, as against Rs. 10 crore allocated for ‘Assistance to NIMS for treatment of BPL families not covered under Aarogyasri’, only Rs. 1 crore was allocated this year. Further, the budget of Rs. 4 crore for ‘Life Saving Medicines and Disposable for NIMS’ was reduced from Rs. 4 crore in 2018-19 to Rs. 1 crore in 2019-20.

He said the dispensaries and PHCs have no funds or medicines to treat the patients. Therefore, they are as good as closed, he said.

The Congress leader alleged that there was no value for human life in Telangana. “Many people died of Dengue in September/October last year. Instead of taking correctional measures, Health Minister Etala Rajender adopted a denial mode. He even claimed that there were no dengue cases and invented a new name for the disease.

Quoting figures of Directorate of General Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India under National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, he said Telangana ranked 7th in Dengue cases in 2019 (up to May). There were more than 4,500 cases of Dengue across the State since August-December and there is no doubt that Telangana must be on the top in this category.

“Not a single doctor or medical staff was held accountable for Dengue deaths. Without allocating adequate funds, State Government cannot expect the staff to work efficiently. As per RBI report, Telangana is in bottom 5 of 31 States/UTs in terms of spending on health. In the current year, budget for Health Sector was slashed by 60%,” he said.

Nizamuddin said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has recently announced that the number of Basthi Dawakanas in Hyderabad will be increased to 300. “At one side, State Govt is cutting down 100% budget for dispensaries and life saving medicines.

On the other, it is making false promises. The Health Minister has recently laid foundation stones for news blocks in OGH and Gandhi Hospital. He should also make a surprise visit to any Urban Health Centre/Dispensary to do a reality check,” he said.

The Congress leader also ridiculed Etala Rajender’s claim that Telangana was on the top in public health sector. He said as per RBI report, Telangana with an average spending of 4.1% of total budget ranks 29th among 31 States with regard to spending on Public Health.

He said Telangana was among top States in terms of having sizable number of cases of Malaria, Chikungunya, JE, Dengue and other communicable disease every year.

Nizamuddin demanded that the State Government allocate at least 10% of budget for Public Health in the forthcoming budget for 2020-21. Further, he said immediate measures should be taken to supply drugs and important disposables to all dispensaries across the State. (INN)

TRS Govt making false claims, fake promises on development: Uttam

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President & Nalgonda MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy has accused TRS Working President & Minister K. Tarakarama Rao of indulging in ‘headline management’ by making false and hollow claims of development.

As part of election campaign for municipal elections, Uttam Kumar Reddy addressed a series of meetings in Nalgonda and Kodad besides speaking at a press conference and having live interaction with party workers on social media platform Facebook on Sunday.

Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that KTR has failed to perform as the Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development. The development in areas under municipalities and municipal corporations came to a halt ever since TRS came to power.

Entire existing infrastructure in urban local bodies was created under previous Congress regime. However, KTR has been making false claims of development and cheating the people with fake promises by giving big statements in newspapers.

He also alleged that KTR was forcing the newspapers to publish his interviews on Front Page. He said such tactics would not work in favour of TRS as people have realised that only Congress party could bring development.

He said that the TRS Government completely neglected the municipalities and municipal corporations by giving them least priority in allocation and spending of funds. He said many urban local bodies had no money to even bear the operational expenses. He said no funds were allocated for construction of double bed room houses for weaker sections.

Uttam Kumar Reddy promised that he would take up developmental works in all municipalities under Nalgonda, Suryapet, Halia, Nandikonda, Nereducherla, Huzurnagar, Miryalguda and Devarkonda from his MP Funds. He said so far nearly Rs. 1 crore has been given for Nalgonda Municipality.

He said previous Congress Government has developed all municipalities by allocating huge funds. He said all municipalities were given Rs. 100 crore when late S. Jaipal Reddy was the Union Minister for Urban Development in Dr. Manmohan Singh cabinet.

The TPCC Chief said that the Congress party would win a majority of seats in all the municipalities and municipal corporations going to polls on January 22. As promised in the Vision 2020 Document, the Congress party would ensure better roads, safe drinking water, cleanliness, proper sewerage system and other civic amenities if voted to power.

He directed the party cadre to work hard for the next two days to ensure that the Congress party wins this crucial elections. He asked each party worker to ensure that he convinces at least 10 relatives, neighbours and friends to vote in favour of Congress candidates on January 22.

Uttam Kumar Reddy also slammed Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao for not clearing his stand on implementing National Population Register (NPR) in Telangana. He said many States have categorically rejected CAA, NRC and NPR. He reminded that Kerala and Punjab Assemblies have passed resolutions rejecting the CAA and NRC.

However, he said KCR has been maintaining silence to support the BJP agenda. He appealed to the people, especially minorities, to teach KCR a fitting lesson through their votes by defeating TRS in municipal elections.

He condemned the Chief Minister for not responding to repeated appeals by the Congress party to convene a special Assembly session to pass a resolution rejecting CAA and NRC.

He said KCR’s support and love for BJP was not new. He said TRS has been a secret ally of BJP since 2014. He said KCR has supported the Modi Government’s on demonitisation and GST and TRS MPs have voted for BJP candidates in the elections for President of India, Vice President, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha.

He said TRS fully backed the BJP Government in passing the Triple Talaq, NIA Amendment and other controversial Bills.

He also reminded that TRS supported Modi Government during ‘No Confidence Motion’ by not voting against it. Similarly, by not clarifying his stand on CAA, NRC and NPR, KCR is supporting the BJP.

Uttam Kumar Reddy also condemned KCR for not suppressing the Madiga community in Telangana States. He said despite having a population of about 40 lakh in Telangana State, Madiga community has no representative in KCR cabinet.

He alleged that the Chief Minister was not only doing injustice with the community, but he is also targetting its leadership. He appealed to the Madiga community to struggle for their rights and share by defeating TRS in the municipal elections.

The TPCC Chief said TRS Government did not fulfill a single major electoral promise it made with the people in 2014 and 2018 elections. He said Muslims and STs did not get 12% reservation while poor Dalit families were still waiting for promised three acres of land.

Jobless Youth did not get promised monthly Unemployment Allowance of Rs. 3,106 while farmers were not given the crop loan waiver up to Rs. 1 lakh. He said KCR Govt has cheated the farmers in the name of Rythu Bandhu scheme as majority of eligible farmers were still waiting for financial assistance under Rythu Bandhu scheme. (INN)

Vote against TRS if you oppose CAA, NRC, Uttam tells TS voters

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President & Nalgonda MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the silence of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), NRC and NPR in Telangana State was puzzling and sending wrong signals.

Therefore, he said that people, especially the minorities, should vote en masse against TRS in municipal elections to ensure that KCR take a firm stand against the controversial CAA and NRC by passing a resolution in Telangana Assembly saying they would not be implemented in Telangana State.

Addressing a series of meetings in Huzurnagar on Saturday as part of municipal elections campaign, Uttam Kumar Reddy said despite repeated reminders from Telangana Congress Party, why KCR was hesitating to call for special session of assembly to pass a resolution against CAA. “In addition to the Congress Chief Ministers, CMs of many non-BJP States have openly announced that CAA and NRC will not be implemented in their States.

Kerala and Punjab Assemblies have also passed categorical resolutions rejecting both CAA and NRC. He said Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who supported the CAB in Parliament have announced that they would not implement the Act in their States. But TRS, which voted against the CAB in Parliament, was hesitating to take a firm stand by passing a resolution in Assembly against the CAA and NRC.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said KCR would be forced to pass a resolution in Telangana Assembly against CAA only if TRS tastes a humiliating defeat in municipal elections. He said KCR has been maintaining a stoic and questionable silence on the issue. “If KCR is really against CAA and NRC then he must have announced that they will not be implemented in Telangana.

Since TRS is having a secret alliance with the BJP, KCR is hesitating to speak against Prime Minister Narender Modi. If TRS wins municipal polls, then KCR will never pass an Assembly resolution against CAA. People of Telangana, especially minorities, should keep this in mind while voting for municipal elections on January 22,” he said.

The TPCC President also asked MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi as to why he was not reminding his ally KCR about passing a resolution against CAA in Telangana Assembly. “Owaisi took a big delegation of religious leaders to Pragati Bhavan on December 24, 2019 and later addressed the media stating that KCR would make a big announcement within two days.

This was done to divert people’s attention from massive protests against CAA which were being held by Congress and other organisations.

Why Owaisi is not questioning KCR’s silence even after 25 days? People should understand the nexus between TRS, BJP and MIM and vote against them if they oppose CAA and NRC in Telangana State,” he appealed.

He also ridiculed TRS Working President K. Tarakarama Rao’s statement saying that MIM and TRS were not allies. “Everyone in Telangana knows the reality that KCR is a ‘Modi Bhakt’ and TRS is having a secret alliance with BJP and open alliance with MIM,” he said.

Uttam Kumar Reddy also slammed KCR for completely neglecting the Madiga community in Telangana. “It is highly regrettable that the biggest community in Telangana, i.e., Madigas, has no representation in State Cabinet,” he said while accusing TRS of suppressing the community socially, politically and economically.

He reminded that MRPS chief Manda Krisha Madiga was repeatedly jailed and humiliated on multiple occasions by KCR. He was not even allowed to stage protest at his residence and arrested multiple times on flimsy grounds.

The TPCC chief said that the discrimination and injustice with Madiga community would continue if TRS wins municipal polls. Therefore, he said Madigas should realise their political might and vote against TRS if they want to end the saga of injustice going on for the last six years. (INN)

First year of TRS Govt’s second term was totally disappointing: Sravan

Hyderabad: All India Congress Committee (AICC) National Spokesperson Dr. Dasoju Sravan described the first year of TRS Government’s second term in power as totally disappointing for the people of Telangana.

Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan on Thursday, Sravan said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s first year in second term was no different from the first term and infact it was more disappointing in term of performance.

“Just like the first term in office, the first year of KCR’s second term was full of lies, deception and cheating for common people,” he said.

“Having ruined the State’s economy for the last six years by mis-utilising the public funds, KCR is now giving sermons on maintaining fiscal discipline. Congress party, since 2014, has been pointing out misuse and wrong utilisation of funds. However, KCR wasted huge amounts to live a lavish lifestyle and resorted to insane expenditure on non-productive purposes.

He had spent money from public exchequer as if it was from his personal purse,” Sravan said adding that when Congress party created Telangana in 2014 it was a rich and revenue surplus State. However, KCR has turned into a bankrupt and debt ridden State.

He said TRS Government has pushed Telangana into a debt trap of nearly Rs. 3 lakh crore. Besides borrowing huge loans on high interest rates, the State Government also gave guarantees to various corporations.

This was done only to benefit the contractors of Mission Bhagiratha, Mission Kakatiya, Kaleshwaram and other projects only to get commission. Despite indiscriminate spending in the name of Mission Bhagiratha and Kaleshwaram project, entire investment proved non-productive with zero results, he said.

Sravan asked as to why KCR did not think of financial discipline when he wasted money on construction of Pragathi Bhavan or when buying super luxury cars and bus for his convoy. He said public money was not invested wisely and it brought zero results.

The Congress leader said it was highly regrettable that the only sector which registered growth in revenues was excise. He said that the State was earning nearly Rs. 20,000 crore from the sale of liquor which is ruining the health and personal lives of people of Telangana. He said that the government did not focus on any sector during the last six years.

Referring to the promises made by TRS in its election manifesto for 2018 elections, Sravan said none of the promises made with the people were fulfilled. He said no efforts were made either to fill the vacancies or to create new employment opportunities. He said that the government did not conduct the Group-I and Group-II exams even once. The much hyped Rythu Bandhu scheme was not implemented properly and nearly 50% farmers are yet to get their dues. The promised crop loan waiver up to Rs. 1 lakh remained unimplemented. He said TRS Govt failed to establish corporations for various communities as it promised in the manifesto and existing corporations were deprived of funds.

The Congress leader condemned delay in implementation of new PRC which was promised in the manifesto. Further, he said the retirement age of the government employees was not enhanced from the present 58 to 61 years.

He said that the TRS Govt failed to pressurise the Centre to implement the promises made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act like the establishment of a steel factory in Bayyaram which was also mentioned in the manifesto. Promised pattas to those who have constructed houses in Singareni Plots were not given.

He pointed out that hospitals were neither admitting the Aarogyasri patients nor they are honouring the Health Cards issued to employees as the State Government did not clear their dues. Non-clearance of Fee Reimbursement dues has ruined the academic career of lakhs of students.

Sravan alleged that Telangana has emerged on top in rapes and crimes against women. Referring to the statement made by Minister Talsani Srinivas Yadav after encounter of four accused in Disha case stating that a strong message has been given CM KCR, he asked why TRS Govt failed to act in other cases of rape and brutal murders of women. He said none of the contract employees were regularised during the last six years of TRS Government.

“Right from the Chief Minister to all TRS MPs, MLAs, Sarpanches and other elected representatives, corruption got embedded in entire administration up to the rank of a clerk and attendar. TRS has turned Telangana into a ‘corrupt State’,” he alleged.

The AICC Spokesperson said that TRS came to power in 2014 on the promise of free KG to PG education. But it kept on reducing budget for education sector. However, he said Telangana’s spending on education fell down every year. It touched a five-year low of 6.75% of the Budget this year.

He said the spending on education compared to overall budget was 10.88% in 2014-15; 9.69% in 2015-16; 8.23% in 2016-17; 8.49% in 2017-18; 7.61% in 2018-19 and it fell to just 6.75% in 2019-20. Despite the decrease, he said TRS leaders were making misleading statements.

“On July 25, 2019, Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy claimed in Nizamabad that Telangana Govt was spending Rs 16,000 crore on education and improving the standards of the system.

On September 19, 2019, Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy claimed in Assembly that the government was spending Rs. 18,600 crore on education. But in reality, the education sector was allocated Rs 9,899.80 crore out of the total budget of Rs 1,46,492 crore,” he said.

“The state’s literacy rate, according to the 2011 census, is 66.46%, much lower than the national average of 74%. According to RBI’s State Finance: A Study of Budgets, Telangana is at the bottom among all 31 States and Union Territories since 2014-15 (except for 2016-17 when it ranked 30th),” he said.

Similarly, Sravan said Telangana was on the bottom in the list of 31 States and Union Territories in spending on public health. It ranked 28th in 2014-15 (4.10%); 30th in 2015-16 (3.90%); 28th in 2016-17 (4.10%); 29th in 2017-18 (4.20%); 28th in 2018-19 (4.20%) and its rank was 30th in 2019-20 with a spending of mere 3.50% of total budget on public health.

Sravan described KCR as the most insensitive and inhuman CM. “KCR did not respond to suicide by farmers and never held a meeting to review the situation. He did not act on suicides committed by intermediate students due to evaluation scam.

He did not even hold a review meeting when over 100 people died of Dengue and other diseases. He behaved in an inhuman manner over RTC strike and maintained adamant attitude before High Court and even made officials lie before the court.

He did not respond to death and suicide of over 30 employees. By stopping salaries and dragging the issue in court without offering a solution, he tortured workers to the extent that they withdrew the strike unconditionally. Later, he enacted the drama of having lunch with RTC workers,” he said.

The Congress leader said Telangana was apparently the only State in the country where the Chief Minister does not visit Secretariat. (INN)

Rajeshwar Reddy appointed Farmers’ Coordination Committee chairman

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has decided to appoint MLC & TRS State General Secretary Palla Rajeshwar Reddy as President of State Level Farmers Coordination Committee.

The Chief Minister has instructed officials concerned to take up the appointment process of Rajeshwar Reddy as President of Farmers Coordination Committee.

He has asked the officials to release the appointment letter at the earliest. He also disclosed that members of the Farmers Coordination Committee will also be appointed shortly.

KCR has decided that by coming June, the farmers coordination committees will be strengthened from village to the State level and farmers in the state will become a formidable force. He also instructed the officials concerned to complete the Farmers Dias cluster-wise.

He is of the firm view that the farmers coordination Committees should be made into an organization which will help farmers from sowing the seeds to getting the minimum support price for their produce.

The Chief Minister also decided to have a high level review meeting in three or four days on strengthening the farmers coordination committees, making the farmers a formidable force, construction of farmers dais and other farmer related issues as well as on Agriculture department. (INN)