Hyderabad, April 16 : The ministers hailing from the Telangana region have cornered the Chief Minister, Mr Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy, during the Cabinet meeting on the issuance of GO No. 177.
According to informed sources, the Minister for Panchayat Raj, Mr K. Jana Reddy, raised the issue in the Cabinet meeting and insisted for withdrawal of the controversial GO. The remaining ministers from Telangana joined him and questioned the Chief Minister on the necessity for issuance of the GO. Expressing displeasure over the issuance of such a GO during the volatile political situation, they urged the Chief Minister to, at least, keep the GO in abeyance. The ministers from Hyderabad – Mr Danam Nagender and Mr Mukesh Goud — did not open their mouth on the issue at the cabinet meeting.
Making an effort to convince the angry ministers, the Chief Minister told them that the rules mentioned in the GO were not new and they were already mentioned in a GO issued by TDP government in 1995. He made it clear that the government has clarity on the issue of the GO No. 177. Then the Telangana ministers questioned the need for the government to issue a fresh GO. They opined that the government could have implemented the GO issued by the earlier TDP government so that the bad name could go to the main Opposition party.
Not satisfied with the Chief Minister’s explanation, the Telangana ministers insisted that the controversial GO may be kept in abeyance. With no other alternative, the Chief Minister conceded their request. The discussion on the controversial GO ended after an hour.
Divergent opinions on Tuition Fee age limit
Different opinions emerged from the cabinet members on the proposal of fixation of age limit to tuition fee reimbursement and scholarships schemes. A section of the ministers strongly opposed it. The Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Pitani Satyanarayana, brought it to the notice of the ministers that 50 to 70 years old persons were also among the beneficiaries of tuition free reimbursement and scholarships in the last academic years. Intervening in the matter, the Chief Minister advised the Cabinet sub-committee to discuss the matter and come out with a final decision in the matter.
When Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said that the Congress candidate was poised to win in Kadapa parliamentary constituency, some ministers burst into laughter at the Chief Minister’s statement at the cabinet meeting. The Chief Minister asked the ministers to take the Kadapa by-polls as a prestige issue. He directed the Cabinet members, who were appointed as in-charges for the by-poll to rush to Kadapa and Pulivendula and campaign for the party candidates.
Dokka moots LS seats as districts
The Minister for Rural Development, Mr Dokka Manikhya Varaprasada Rao, shared his idea at the cabinet meeting to set up each Parliamentary constituency as a district. At least, seven new districts would be carved out in the State, he added.
The cabinet also reportedly ratified the Licensed Cultivators Ordinance, which was recently sent for stamp of the Governor. Due to some technical reasons, the government changed the name of Tenant Farmers Right Protection Ordinance as Licensed Cultivators Ordinance. After acceptance by the Governor, the government would announce the passage of Ordinance after taking permission of the Election Commission. The fresh Ordinance was necessitated due to non-passage of Tenant Farmers Bill in the budget session. (NSS)