Putting aside all the objection over not having woman representation in the TRS Cabinet, Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has promised the House that there would be two women ministers in the state Cabinet.
Replying to a question by the opposition party in the Assembly, KCR said: “There will be two women in the Cabinet very soon in the next extension. We’re supporting woman representation in every sector. Our TRS government is engaged to woman empowerment. In the recent disclosure of four MLC candidates, we have included one woman. The second phase of Cabinet expansion will have six more ministers including two woman.”
KCR said that with 119 Assembly seats, Telangana state can have maximum 17 ministers in the Cabinet. Including chief minister, TRS government has already 11 ministers on board leaving room for six more slots. Though KCR didn’t verify the date of next Cabinet expansion, it’s thought that after Lok Sabha elections, TRS government will enlist six more ministers including two women as the chief minister promised the House.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has served two woman ministers in his Cabinet. Out of the 25 ministers on board, Andhra Pradesh TDP government has two female ministers — Paritala Sunitha and Bhuma Akhila Priya.
It may be remembered that late Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy-led Congress government in the united AP had six women.
Coming back to KCR, the chief minister has farther said that as part of women empowerment, the government has chosen to increase interest-free loan amount to Rs10 lakh. “We got the number of votes from women voters. Without women support, we wouldn’t have retained the power. We respect women a lot. We’re also contemplating a plan of entrusting food processing units to women self-help groups,” added KCR.