Congress tables privilege motion against KCR

IN THE ASSEMBLY

Hyderabad: The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has served privilege notice under Assembly Rule 168 on Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday alleging that the latter was misleading the House. The CLP, in its notice, alleged that the Chief Minister misled the House during the discussion on Fees Reimbursement Scheme and handed over the notice to the Speaker. The CLP, in its notice, reminded that the Chief Minister assured the House that the State government would clear all fees reimbursement scheme funds by April 2016.

The CLP also said that the Chief Minister earlier said that the government will pay the fees reimbursement funds every month but the same Chief Minister said on January 4, 2017 that it was not possible to pay 100 percent funds. They pointed out in their notice that the Chief Minister assured earlier one but the same Chief Minister differed with the same now. “It is nothing but breach of privilege”, the CLP mentioned in its notice.

CLP leader K Jana Reddy, MLAs G Chinna Reddy, T Jeevan Reddy, SA Sampath Kumar, N Padmavathi Reddy, Ch Vamshichand Reddy and others signed the notice.

CM turns the tables on Congress

Finding fault with the opposition parties’ walk-out protesting against the State government’s attitude towards Fees Reimbursement Scheme, the Chief Minister said the Congress party staged walk-out on its own scheme that means it was protesting against its own scheme. “It is sad on the part of the Congress for staging a walk-out”, he said.  

Reacting to Kishen Reddy’s submission on orphan girl students, the Chief Minister said that the State government would provide reservations to the orphan students on par with the SCs. “It doesn’t mean that the SCs reservation percentage will not be reduced. The government will provide reservations to the orphans after completing the SC reservations quota by giving SC quota. “I am assuring the House that the problem of Vaidehi Orphans’ Girls Hostel will be solved by giving certificates”, he said.

AP cops working in TS to be relieved in phases

Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy made it clear in the Assembly on Thursday that all the Andhra natives working in the Police Department in the Telangana State cannot be transferred at one go as it would create shortage of manpower besides posing other security problems.

Replying to a question in the House that after bifurcation of united Andhra Pradesh, a total of 10,315 employees in the Police Department have been allotted to the AP State, the Home Minister said adding only 2,447 employees have yet to be relieved and it would be done in a phased manner in consultation with the counterparts of the neighbouring Telugu State.

The Home Minister explained if all are relieved at once, as was being insisted by TRS member Srinivas Goud, it would affect security of VIPs and create law and order problem. Since Hyderabad is the joint capital of both the Telugu States, security is provided to AP political leaders and also institutions which are located in the city, he added.

Nayani revealed that the State government was in the process of recruiting 9000 and odd police personnel of various cadres. Once that process is complete the remaining Andhra natives would be relieved in a phased manner. Regarding the demand made by BJP leader Laxman, the Home Minister said efforts would be made to bring back 650 Class IV employees working in AP and allegedly facing humiliation as early as possible.

Upgradation of police communication network

Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy informed the Assembly that the State government had sent special teams to study the need for replacing and upgrading the existing communication equipment to meet the needs of the police in the State.  In view of reorganization of districts, feasibility studies have been completed and communication networks established in all districts, he added.

The Home Minister further said the upgradation of Hyderabad City communication network is also under progress. With the assistance of Union Ministry of Home Affairs to the tune of Rs. 3.36 crores, Cell Supporting Aerial Towers are being built in 12 places.

Replying to supplementary questions, the Home Minister said that a Commandant Control Room was being set up in the Police Commissionerate of Hyderabad City. Likewise in the districts, the commandant controls would be set up which would be linked to the main Command Control in Hyderabad.

Subsidized rice scheme

Finance and Civil Supplies Minister Etela Rajender informed the Assembly that an amount of Rs 2,200 crores has been provided in the budget for the year 2016-17 for implementing the subsidized rice scheme for Below Poverty Line families in the State. Under the scheme, six kg of rice for each family member at one rupee per kg is being provided by the government and there is no limit on the number of members in the family, he added.

The Finance Minister pointed out that the number of families benefited by the scheme are 85,32,880 covering 273,66,328 beneficiaries. In reply to supplementary questions he said that though under the Central government’s National Security Act, nearly 1.92 crore beneficiaries come under the scheme, the Telangana government is providing the benefits of the scheme to 2.73 crore beneficiaries. Also, while under the Central government norms, the rice to be supplied is Rs 3 per kg, while the Telangana government was supplying rice at Rs 1 a kg.

Purchase of medicines in hospitals

Minister for Medical & Health Laxma Reddy refuted the opposition charge that there was rampant corruption in the purchase of medicines and surgical equipment in government hospitals in the State. He asserted that this was mainly because total e-procurement procedure was being followed in these purchases.

Replying to a question in this matter raised by the BJP members, the minister also said that there was no truth in the claim that inferior quality medicines were being supplied by various companies. Medicines are purchased along with quality analysis reports from manufacturers. All batches of medicines are analysed for quality in empanelled labs, he explained.

As regards action that was being taken against companies not adhering to quality standards, the minister said that payments to the companies were being stopped if such cases are reported. Besides, if items are found to be of inferior quality, they would be blacklisted besides the companies that supplied the medicines and no further procurements would be made from blacklisted firms.  -NSS

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