According to a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader with knowledge of the situation, the Telangana government is considering introducing a resolution in response to the governor, Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, allegedly having a recalcitrant attitude toward several bills that the state legislative assembly adopted more than two months ago.
The leader, who wished to remain unnamed, announced that the resolution would be adopted during the assembly’s winter session, which is anticipated to take place in the second week of December.
“State Legislative Affairs Minister Vemula Prashant Reddy has been instructed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to start the procedure for the start of a week-long assembly session in December,” the TRS leader stated.
The leader added that a resolution will be adopted asking the Centre to take action to amend Article 200 of the Constitution to fix a specific time frame for governors to make a decision on bills passed by the legislature, regardless of whether they choose to approve or reject the bills on specific grounds.
On September 14, the Telangana assembly passed eight laws, including one that established an unified hiring board for the governor’s chancellorship of 15 state universities.
According to HT on October 15, seven of the eight measures are still waiting for the Raj Bhavan’s approval, which may be a sign that the chief minister Rao and governor Soundararajan are becoming more at odds.
The Telangana Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which requests the inclusion of a few more items under the scope of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), was approved by the governor in accordance with a decision made at a GST council meeting held by the Union finance ministry in June.
But seven bills are still pending the governor’s approval. They are the Telangana University of Forestry Bill 2022, Telangana State Private Universities (Establishment and Reorganization) Bill 2022, Telangana Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill 2022, Telangana Public Employment (Regulation of Age of Superannuation) (Amendment) Bill 2022, Telangana Universities Common Recruitment Board Bill 2022, Telangana Motor Vehicles Taxation (Amendment) Bill 2022, and Azama.
Prior to making any decisions, the governor would review each and every file, according to a senior Raj Bhavan official.
In the past, the chief ministers of several states not controlled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal, have also expressed concern about the governor’s failure to swiftly sign bills passed by their respective state legislatures.
On November 23, top TRS leader and former MP B Vinod Kumar issued a letter to the law commission proposing that the Central government change Article 200 of the Constitution to require the governors to approve the measures “within 30 days” rather than “as soon as possible.
“The TRS leader who was mentioned earlier stated that the state government is also anticipated to approve another resolution denouncing the limitations imposed by the federal government on the state’s ability to borrow money to support its numerous development and welfare programmes.
According to an official statement released on Friday by the chief minister’s office (CMO), Telangana will have a revenue shortfall of more than 40,000 crore for the fiscal year 2022–2023 as a result of these restrictions. The statement read, “The chief minister stated there was always a need to explain in detail about these constraints to the people of the state from the legislative assembly.”
The state government anticipated receiving $54,000 crore in revenue from a variety of sources when it planned the budget for 2022–2023. “However, the State’s ability to borrow money under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budgetary Management (FRBM) Act has been abruptly limited to about 39,000 crore by the Center. As a result, the state government lost $15,033 crore in revenue, according to the statement.It stated that Telangana was qualified to use an additional 0.5% of borrowing under the FRBM Act.
It claimed that because of the Center’s limitations on implementing power reforms, it also lost out on the opportunity to mobilise a loan worth 6,104 crore. Additionally, the Centre halted non-budgetary payments to the state totaling another 20,000 crore.
In the upcoming assembly session, the state government intends to reveal these conspiracies, according to an official statement.