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Parliamentary Secy posts likely for aspirants left out of cabinet

Parliamentary Secy posts likely for aspirants left out of cabinet
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Following the expansion of the state cabinet on Tuesday, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is planning to accommodate some of the ministerial aspirants as Parliamentary Secretaries and the appointments would be made soonAccording to sources close to the TRS chief, the Chief Minister has begun the exercise of identifying them for eventual appointment as Parliamentary Secretaries, consi

Hyderabad: Following the expansion of the state cabinet on Tuesday, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is planning to accommodate some of the ministerial aspirants as Parliamentary Secretaries and the appointments would be made soon.According to sources close to the TRS chief, the Chief Minister has begun the exercise of identifying them for eventual appointment as Parliamentary Secretaries, considering that he could accommodate only a few of the aspirants in the cabinet.

Going by convention, the State cabinet should have 18 ministers; yet, presently there are 12 ministers, including the Chief Minister. Most of the MLAs in the Assembly are seniors and almost all have served two terms as members. The sources said that the Chief Minister is likely to have 10 Parliamentary Secretaries and they would have responsibilities other than those assigned to the ministers. A senior TRS leader said that in case the Parliamentary Secretaries are given the role of being assistants to various ministers, there could be conflicts.

To avoid this, the Parliamentary Secretaries would be given responsibilities other than those handled by the ministers. The TRS leader reasoned that this might be one of the reasons why the Chief Minister has chosen to keep many posts with himself. Thus, the PS would work under the Chief Minister like the ministers and individually handle departments like Mission Kakatiya, Mission Bhagiratha, municipal administration, IT etc.

It may be mentioned here that the State government is mulling to bring a piece of legislation oriented towards introducing a system Parliamentary Secretaries that would pass judicial scrutiny, especially because the High Court had struck down the order appointing PSs issued by the TRS government during its previous term. The TRS government had then appointed six Parliamentary Secretaries.

The State government has therefore plunged into action to bring in legislation for the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries. The High Court struck down the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries in 2015, terming it as violation of the rules prescribed under the Constitution.
There are many aspirants for the posts of Parliamentary Secretary and the Chief Minister would give preference to senior leaders who have shown loyalty and have functioned as disciplined party workers.

Sources said that some of the leaders who could not be accommodated in the expanded cabinet and the unrepresented districts would be given priority when it comes to filling the posts of PS, which would also be a cabinet rank position. The leaders who are likely to be considered for these posts include Gampa Goverdhan, Padma Devender Reddy, G Sunita, D Vinay Bhaskar, P Narender Reddy and P Ajay.

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