Tue. May 11th, 2021

Telangana’s Minister for Industries, IT and Urban Development K.T.Rama Rao has stated that Telangana’s cordial relations with Andhra Pradesh would not hinder its fight for the rightful share of people in Krishna water.

KTR made the statement in response to a question posed to him as part of “Ask KTR” session on a social media platform where he responded to netizens’ questions on wide-ranging issues on Sunday. Replying to a question on the Telangana government’s stand on AP’s plans to divert huge quantity of Krishna water, he said there would be no compromise on the State’s interests and the Telangana government had already filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court.

The purpose of the RLIS is to augment the supply of the Krishna water to Rayalseema through the Pothireddypadu Head Regulator. Admitting that the government was soft on AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Rama Rao, however, maintained that it would not be at the cost of Telangana’s interests. “We have good relations with Andhra Pradesh. However, there would be no compromise when it comes to the rights of the State,” he said.

One netizen asked about the fleecing of COVID-19 patients by private hospitals in Hyderabad, making them frightened with huge bills for treatment, the Minister said the government had already taken action against a few hospitals indulging in unfair practices and promised more action. He, however, asked people “to respect and recognise the efforts of government sector professionals”.

He stated that government hospitals across the State were offering services even when private hospitals were refusing treatment. “It’s the government healthcare professionals who are taking up such cases. Testing for coronavirus detection was being done at 1,200 centres across the State already and daily testing would be increased to over 40,000 a day from the present 23,000, Mr. Rao said adding that recovery rate of patients in the State was highest in the country at 72% and the mortality rate was just 1%.

One of the netizen asked him a question on Telangana’s contribution to the Ram Mandir construction came up and KTR replied as “We will pray and hope for Ram Rajya where people of all faiths, castes and classes will be respected and treated equally as enshrined in the Constitution of our great country”.