Telangana Cabinet expansion finally on Feb 19

Almost 70 days after his swearing-in ceremony as the Telangana Chief Minister for the second time, K. Chandrasekhar Rao has finally decided to expand his Cabinet on February 19th, Tuesday. According to government sources, the swearing-in will take place at 11.30 a.m.

This decision was reportedly conveyed to the Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan by the Telangana Chief Minister today. The Chief Minister called on the Governor on Friday afternoon, though a gubernatorial appointment was sought for morning. 

Chandrashekhar Rao and Mohammed Mahmood Ali were sworn-in, in a simple ceremony after the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) returned to power with in the recently concluded Assembly elections in Telangana. Mahmood Ali was subsequently given the Home portfolio.

According to the lunar calendar, February 19 is considered to be auspicious because of it being Marga Shudhha Pournami. The Chief Minister had strongly advocated for merger of different departments arguing that inter-related departments were bifurcated earlier to increase the number of cabinet berths. 

On several occasions, Chandrashekhar Rao pointed out that while animal husbandry portfolio had a different minister, poultry was with another, though both could be clubbed together. Similarly, while agriculture, marketing and civil supplies portfolios were inter-related, they had different ministers, making decision-making a convoluted process.

Earlier, after taking over as the Chief Minister for the second time, he had asked the Chief Secretary to take up the exercise of clubbing together different departments.

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