Hyderabad: The much-awaited expansion of Telangana cabinet has taken place on Sunday with Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao inducting six ministers, including his son KT Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao in the list.Two women members including former Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy also made it to the Council of Ministers.Three new faces Gangula Kamalakar, MLA from Karimnagar, P Ajay Kumar from Khammam, and MLC from Warangal Satyavathi Rathod found berth in the Council of Ministers.
The new ministers were sworn in at 4 p.m. at a ceremony to be held at Raj Bhavan. The Chief Minister announced this on Saturday night. According to a statement from the Chief Minister's Office, KCR has informed the Governor-designate Tamilisai Soundararajan about the cabinet expansion.
The new Cabinet Ministers and their portfolios:
Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao- Minister for IT, Municipal Administration ,Industries
T Harish Rao- Finance Minister
Sabita Indra Reddy- Education Minister
Gangula Kamalakar- Minister for BC Welfare, Civil Supplies
Satyavathi Rathod - Minister for Tribal Welfare , Women and Children Welfare
Puvvada Ajay Kumar - Transport Minister
The total number of ministers in the Telangana Cabinet is 18 now. The Chief Minister will be holding a Cabinet meeting at 7 PM at Pragathi Bhavan on Sunday.
The chief minister took everyone by surprise by deciding to go for cabinet expansion at a short notice. "Sunday the 8th September 2019 being an auspicious 'Dasami Day', the same day at 4.00 PM the new cabinet ministers will sworn in, decided the CM," according to CMO.
Sources said KCR would induct Sabitha Indra Reddy, who was one of the 12 Congress MLAs defected to TRS during last few months. Sabitha popularly known as “Chevalla Chellamma” ,was first woman to hold the key portfolio of home affairs in undivided Andhra Pradesh during Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s regime.
She switched loyalties to TRS in March. The defections from Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and two independents have already taken TRS tally to 103 in 119-member Assembly. The other names in the list who made it to the Cabinet were MLC Sathyavathi Rathod , Gangula Kamalakar and Puvvada Ajay Kumar.
The names of former minister Jogu Ramanna and MLC Gutta Sukhender Reddy were also under consideration. However, Jogu Ramanna and Gutta Sukhender Reddy are unlikely to be in the cabinet with only six members.
The TRS chief took oath as the chief minister for the second term on December 13. Home minister Mehmood Ali also took oath with him. KCR expanded his cabinet on February 19 by inducting 10 ministers. KCR can have six more ministers. He is likely to distribute major portfolios like finance, irrigation, industry and information technology which he had kept with himself. He is also likely to induct one or two women in his cabinet. He had come under criticism for having no women representation in his previous cabinet.
As there are many aspirants of cabinet berths, KCR on Saturday named two legislators as government chief whips in Assembly and Council. He also appointed 10 legislators as whips in both the Houses. He also announced that all the nominated posts will be filled with full-time incumbents to strengthen the administration. He is expected to appoint 12 MLAs as the chairpersons of various corporations.