No Decision In Cabinet Meeting On Early Elections
The much-awaited meeting of the Telangana cabinet before the Pragathi Nivedana Sabha did not take any decision on dissolving the Assembly, and instead just hiked some wages.
Hyderabad | 2nd September 2018
The much-awaited meeting of the Telangana cabinet before the Pragathi Nivedana Sabha did not take any decision on the dissolution of the Assembly, and instead just hiked the wages of certain sections.
The cabinet will meet again in a few days, when it is expected to take a call on dissolving the Assembly.
Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, while briefing the media on the decisions taken at the Cabinet meeting held at Pragathi Bhavan, said in response to queries from the media about advancing the polls in the state that the cabinet would meet again very soon and important decisions would be taken then.
"We are briefing today only on the decisions taken as per the agenda for the meeting regarding various welfare measures," he said.
If one reads between the lines of the announcement of the Deputy CM, it appears that a decision to dissolve the Assembly will be finalized in the next cabinet meeting, likely to be held on September 6.
The agenda for today's meeting seemed to have been basically to decide on some proposed welfare measures, especially to woo certain sections like the backward classes, contract and private employees working in the medical and health department, and archakas.
Though it was expected that the Chief Minister himself would brief the media about the cabinet decisions, to everyone's surprise it was the Deputy CM, Finance Minister Etela Rajendra and Irrigation Minister Harish Rao who addressed the media and revealed the decisions taken.
According to the ministers, the cabinet had decided to allocate 75 acres of land in Hyderabad for constructing the BC Atmagaurava Bhavan for which an amount of Rs. 70 crores has been earmarked. The cabinet had also decided to allot another 5 acres of land in the city for the Reddy hostel.
Taking into view the plight of the Gopala Mitras who had been rendering their services for a paltry sum of Rs. 3,500, the cabinet decided to raise their honorarium to Rs. 8,500 per month.
Also, the retirement age of the archakas in the state, which is currently 58 years, has been raised to 65 years.
Another decision taken at today's cabinet meeting was to hike the wages of staff nurses, secondary ANMs and technicians working in the medical and health department. Accordingly the wages of the Asha workers numbering about 25,400 have been hiked from the present Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 7,500. The wages of contract doctors have also been raised from the present Rs. 36,000 to Rs. 40,000.
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