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Telangana ministry yet to function

Hyderabad,Oct 13 (): Telangana ministry even after four months in power is neither able to come to grips with administration nor forming any policy, says senior officials and party leaders.

Even party leaders from ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi admit that there is policy paralysis as CM KCR has not come to grips with many problems and the unwritten rule that no minister should approve any policy decision without his consent has created a standstill.

The public admonition of finance minister and deputy CM by KCR has created a scare among ministers who are now passing on any decision to CM’s office. Ruling party MLAs and MLCs are waiting for KCR to sign files. To top it, the announcement that Telangana ministry will be reshuffled in July has put a further freeze on ministers as it could happen anytime.

Sources say two ministers have already asked KCR to relieve them of their posts. Home and Panchayati Raj portfolios are those on the list of changes. Panchayati Raj portfolio is held by the minister who holds charge of IT.

As IT is taking up all the attention, the minister had asked KCR to get someone to handle the additional charge. Power front is something that KCR is lagging behind as officials say that knowing the kharif season was coming, power should have been purchased in advance and not when there is a crisis. Power cuts for domestic users should have been enforced much before so that farmers were not affected.

Telangana state’s first budget is yet to take shape and there are only five months to end the financial year. It was earlier announced that Telangana budget would be on October 20 but TRS has planned its plenary session on October 18 and 19 and it has to be seen whether it can be presented the next day.

KCR is camping in Delhi for the past three days to convince NDA ministry to accord Telangana a special status like AP. NDA Finance minister Jaitley said that six states are in the waitlist.