Owaisi has been elected as the Protem Speaker for the new Assembly.


Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Saturday launched two schemes -- free bus rides for women and Rs 10 lakh health insurance for the poor. Both these schemes are part of the six election "guarantees" announced by the Congress. The date of launch of the schemes coincides with the birthday of Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Revanth Reddy launched the two schemes at the Assembly complex here in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikrammark, several ministers, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi and other dignitaries.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that just as Sonia Gandhi fulfilled her guarantee of formation of Telangana state, the Congress government would try to make Telangana a state known for the welfare and development of the people by implementing six electoral "guarantees" within 100 days.

He described December 2009 as a day of celebration for Telangana as it was on this day in <> that the then United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had announced the formation of the state.

The Chief Minister said it was Sonia Gandhi who, like her mother, realised the dream of a Telangana statehood in accordance with the aspirations of the people.

Under the Rajiv Arogyasri Health Scheme, the poor will get insurance of Rs 10 lakh.

Under the 'Mahalaxmi' scheme, women can travel free of cost in government road transport corporation (RTC) buses.

On the occasion, Revanth Reddy handed over a cheque of Rs 2 crore to boxer Nikhat Zareen, popularly known as an encouragement from the state government.

Nikhat Zareen thanked the government for the Rs 2 crore encouragement and said it will help her prepare for the Paris Olympics.

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