HYDERABAD: Three more ministers took charge on Sunday at the Secretariat. Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Ali, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy assumed office at their respective chambers.
Harish Rao signed the first file christening the Bowenpally vegetable market as Dr Ambedkar Vegetable Market.
Harish Rao, also holding Legislative Affairs and Marketing portfolios, said the government would constitute a task force to ensure that Pranahita-Chevella lift irrigation project gets national project status.
The irrigation minister said Telangana would be made a seed bowl for the country. The seeds produced in Telangana state would be supplied across India, he added.
Harish Rao said one lakh acres in every Assembly segment would be irrigated, adding the chain-links of irrigation tanks constructed by Kakatiya rulers would be restored soon for better agricultural operations.
On the first Assembly session of Telangana, Harish Rao said the sessions would be conducted in such a way that debates would be meaningful and useful to the people.
No RTC Fare Hike
Transport Minister Mahender Reddy, after taking charge, told reporters that there was no proposal with the government to hike RTC bus fare. Telangana RTC would be in profits, he said. Asked about the merger of RTC with the transport department, the minister said the proposal would be placed before the Cabinet and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would take a final decision on it. The performance of RTC would be better in future, he said.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy made a surprise visit to Bowenpally vegetable market and enquired about the facilities there. Srinivasa Reddy said the TRS government is committed to the overall development of farmers. The latest technology would be used to benefit the farmers, he said.