Sri Patlolla Sabitha Indra Reddy

Patlolla Sabitha Indra Reddy is the first woman Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India. She is a member of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy's Cabinet. The three-time legislator served as the Mines and Geology Minister in the earlier government. She will head the 80,000 strong police force in the State at a time when the anti-naxalite operations have reached a decisive stage. Incidentally, her husband late P. Indra Reddy was also Home Minister in N. T. Rama Rao Cabinet.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

P.Sabita Indra Reddy becomes first woman Home Minister of AP

andhrapradeshassembly2Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy has rewarded his sister P Sabita Indra Reddy by elevating her as the state Home Minister, making her the first woman to hold the post.

Incidentally, Sabita’s late husband Indra Reddy too was a home minister in the NT Rama Rao cabinet in 1994-95.

Sabita was minister for mines and geology in the previous cabinet.

Meanwhile, senior ministers K Rosaiah, Dharmana Prasada Rao, N Raghuveera Reddy and Ponnala Lakshmaiah retained their old portfolios–finance, revenue, agriculture and major irrigation respectively.

The Chief Minister announced the portfolios for the new ministers, who were sworn-in on Monday night, before leaving on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Smt. P. Sabita Indra Reddy, believes in hard work and listens issues and concerns of people with patience.


Ranga Reddy ZP meet concern over low voltage, material shortage

`There are many complaints of transformers not being replaced on time'

  • Transco flayed for `diluting' free power promise
  • Parigi MLA says money is being collected from farmers for buying material to provide connections
  • CPI(M) MP suggests staggered power supply for ryots

    MAKING A POINT: Mines and Geology Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy and Ranga Reddy district zilla parishad chairman Gnaneshwar at a meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday. District Collector L. Premachandra Reddy looks on.

    HYDERABAD: Low voltage and transformers and material shortage in the villages raised the ire of elected representatives of Ranga Reddy district on Saturday. At the Zilla Parishad general body meeting, members criticised the Government and the A.P. Transmission Corporation for diluting `free power' promise to farmers.

    Parigi Telugu Desam MLA M. Harishwar Reddy alleged that the electricity department was not able to meet the demand for new transformers or replace burnt ones in time. Since all farmers in the region were completely dependent on bore-wells for water supply sufficient rolling stock should be kept ready, he said.

    He also charged that money was being collected from farmers for buying material to provide connections. ZPTC and MPTC members belonging to the Left parties joined the debate and said that in some villages farmers were forced to buy transformers contrary to Government claims that power was being supplied free of cost.

    Complaints galore

    CPI(M) Lok Sabha member S. Sudhakar Reddy lent his weight behind the charge and said power supplied for villages was not enough and suggested staggered timings every 15 days to ensure that each village got power at a specified and earthly hour. Low voltage too was endemic and there were many complaints of transformers not being replaced on time.

    "The next few days are crucial for the farmers and the Government should act fact to save the standing crops," he said. Minister for Mines & Geology P. Sabitha Indra Reddy said she would enquire into the incidents where farmers were forced to pay for transformers and other equipment.

    "The Government policy is clear -- not a single paisa is to be taken from farmers," she asserted. Mrs. Reddy pointed out that there were some problems as more power was being drawn with more borewells sunk this season on account of a good monsoon.

    Other Southern States were already complaining of excess drawal from the grid.

    However, she said the transformers demand would be met and low voltage tackled.

    ZP Chairman K. Gnaneshwar, Collector Prem Chandra Reddy and senior officials participated.

  • Sabitha Indra Reddy keen on ‘Palle Nidra’ scheme

    Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy on Monday strongly advocated the ‘Palle Nidra’ (Night Stay) programme where officials of various departments would stay overnight in villages to review welfare schemes and address people’s grievances.

    “Getting to know the villagers and resolving their problems will bring in lot of fulfilment. It will also save, for the rural residents, the trouble of coming all the way to the city,” she said.
    Large-scale inundation

    Visiting Ranga Reddy district Collectorate for the first time after taking over as Minister, Ms. Reddy, also the in-charge Minister for the district, reviewed the activities of various departments.

    Expressing concern about monsoons leading to large-scale inundation, she directed the irrigation officials to take up long-term repair works for tanks such as Mantrala Cheruvu and Saroornagar Tank.

    Upon being informed about the lack of Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in the district, the Minister asked the Animal Husbandry officials to moot the proposal formally so that she could work on it.

    She expressed annoyance at the slow progress of Shivasagar Irrigation Project, which remains on paper for the last five years after the foundation was laid for the irrigation project.

    Raghuma Reddy, the APTransco Superintendent Engineer, replying to a question by the district Collector M. Dana Kishore, proposed the High Voltage Distribution System as remedy to the problem of hanging power lines in the villages.

    Also implanted into the scheme is a plan to regularise the unauthorised connections, he said, citing the programme’s success in Nalgonda.

    Power officials were asked to speed up sanctioning of power connections to houses constructed under Indiramma scheme.

    Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy on Monday assured to get a month’s additional salary sanctioned for police personnel for their dedicated efforts during the recent elections and also to increase their pay and allowances.

    She gave the assurance when office-bearers of the AP Police Officers’ Association (APPOA) came to congratulate her. The association decided to felicitate her on June 12. A press release said APPOA thanked Finance Minister K. Rosaiah, who promised to ensure that police personnel get an additional month’s salary for their poll work.

    Source : The Hindu.

    P. Sabitha Indra Reddy creates history in the world of politics like Indra Gandhi, Kiran Bedi, etc..

    Sabitha Indra Reddy

    Sabitha Indra Reddy

    Sabitha Indra Reddy becomes the first women home minister for the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Sabitha Indra Reddy was chosen by the Chief Minister of the state Y.S Rajasekhara Reddy. She is 46-years-old and she will be replacing K. Jana Reddy. K. Jana Reddy is one of the four ministers who are dropped by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh whereas comprising his new cabinet as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for the second time.

    Sabitha Indra Reddy was the minister for geology and mines in the preceding cabinet. She was elected from Maheswaram assembly voters in Ranga Reddy district selected her last month for the second term.

    Sabitha Indra Reddy has been elected for the third time overall, she is the widow of P. Indra Reddy. P. Indra Reddy was also the minister in N.T. Rama Rao’s cabinet before his death. Sabitha Indra Reddy appointment as Home Minister is important because the chief minister Y.S Rajasekhara Reddy looks on her as a younger sister.

    In comprising the Cabinet, the Chief Minister Y.S Rajasekhara Reddy already made very clear and signaled that it is mainly his own team that Congress high command’s approval. Y.S Rajasekhara Reddy discussed his course of action earlier in the day with AICC president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi regarding the composition of his cabinet of Ministers.

    In the afternoon Chief Minister submitted the list of Ministers for his cabinet including Sabitha Indra Reddy’s name as home minister to the Governor on his way back to Andhra Pradesh state.

    Sabitha Indra Reddy

    Sabitha Indra Reddy

    Sabita Indra Reddy gets Home portfolio, Rosaiah Finance

    Hyderabad, May 26 : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today allocated key Home portfolio to P Sabita Indra Reddy, while reallocating Finance and Legislative Affairs to K Rosaiah, Revenue to D Prasada Rao, Agriculture to N Raghuveera Reddy and Major Irrigation to P Lakshmaiah.

    While retaining General Administration, Law and Order, Public Enterprises and all other portfolios unallocated, the Chief Minister gave Ms Sabita, referred to as ''Chevalla Chellemma'' by him, the challenging job of Home, hitherto handled by K Jana Reddy, who has not been included in the Ministry.

    Ms Sabita, representing the newly-carved Maheswaram, is the first woman in the state to get Home, which was handled by her husband Indra Reddy, while Dr J Geeta Reddy was given Information, in addition to Tourism, which she had headed in the previous Cabinet, official sources said.

    The Panchayatraj Ministry, handled in the previous Cabinet by J C Diwakar Reddy, who was also not inducted into the Ministry this time, was given to Bothsa Satyanarayana, while Mukhesh Goud and Pilli Subhashchandra Bose got once again Backward Classes Welfare and Social Welfare respectively.

    While Ms D K Aruna got Smallscale Industries, Ms Galla Aruna was given Roads and Buildings and Ms Konda Sureka Women and Child Welfare. Ms Sunita Lakshma Reddy will be the new Minor Irrigation Minister.

    Anam Ramanarayan Reddy was made the Muncipal Administration Minister and Kanna Lakshminarayana Major Industries.

    The Chief Minister gave Health to D Nagender, Medical Education to P Sudarshan Reddy, Housing to C Silpa Mohan Reddy, Higher Education to D Sridhar Babu, Civil Supplies to J Krishna Rao and Information Technology to K Venkata Reddy, all new faces.

    P.Sabita Indra Reddy becomes the first woman home minister of AP.

    Hyderabad (PTI): She is popularly called 'Chevella Chellemma' (Chevella sister) ever since she became Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's adopted sister.

    Patlolla Sabita Indra Reddy, 46, who has been elevated to the post of State Home Minister, has in fact become Rajasekhara Reddy's good omen and he invariably begins all his programmes from Chevella, her hometown.

    It was from Chevella that Mr. Rajasekhara Reddy launched his 1450-km padayatra in 2003 and went on to become the state Chief Minister in 2004.

    Ever since, Chevella has become his favourite place for launching all his programmes and Ms. Sabita thus became his adopted sister 'Chevella Chellamma'.

    Now, Ms. Sabita has been made the State Home Minister, making her the first woman to occupy that coveted post in the State.

    However, as in the past, the crucial law and order subject will be handled by the Chief Minister himself and not the Home Minister.

    Ms. Sabita will get to handle general police administration, jails and correctional services, fire and emergency services and sainik welfare as Home minister, according to an official communique.

    "It's so thrilling that I have become the Home Minister, a post once held by my late husband Indra Reddy. I am extremely thankful to the Chief Minister for this," a visibly ecstatic Ms. Sabita remarked as news broke of her appointment.

    Ms. Sabita was first elected to the state Assembly in the year 2000 in a bye-election from Chevella constituency in Ranga Reddy district following the death of her husband Indra Reddy in a road accident.

    Mr. Indra Reddy was the home minister in N T Rama Rao's Cabinet during 1994-95. She was subsequently re-elected from the same constituency in 2004 and made the minister for information technology, mines and infrastructure.

    In 2007, she was made the minister for mines and geology, handlooms and textiles in the Cabinet reshuffle.

    In this year's election, Ms. Sabita was elected from Maheshwaram constituency as Chevella became a reserved segment in the delimitation.

    "I have never imagined even in my dream that I will be made the home minister. This only showed the Chief Minister's faith in a woman's capability. I shall live up to his expectations and discharge my duties efficiently," Ms. Sabita told reporters on Monday.

    Curbing terrorism and crimes on women would be her top priority, she said, adding that the law and order situation was well under control in the state over the last five years.

    She complimented the state police for doing a wonderful job in the last five years.


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