Duties and functions

T Mulls changes protocol rules and appoints officials | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: With the protocol extended to the governor becoming a major dispute, the Telangana government is considering changing the rules of the protocol. Sources in the government said the government was considering assigning ceremonial duties to certain officers or ministers instead of the chief minister calling the governor on certain occasions.
Apart from this, the government is considering appointing designated protocol officers instead of collectors and superintendents of police to receive the governor during district tours.
CMO sources said the government is taking the view of legal experts on changing some rules of the protocol, which could be done at the state level without completely ignoring the governor’s protocol as mandated by the Constitution.
This is not the first time, as needs arise, that the government has modified the protocol rule. He even delegated some ministers to receive state VVIPs. Interior Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali has been designated Minister Awaiting to receive and see Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu as it is not possible for Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to travel to the airport at every time. Vice President Naidu also agreed to KCR’s request earlier as he travels to Hyderabad frequently.
Recently, during the unveiling of the statue of Sree Ramanuja (Statue of Equality) organized by Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamy, KCR had designated Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav as the minister waiting to receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi as KCR was ill and skipped the program.
As KCR and Tamilisai Soundararajan are at loggerheads, the CM is unlikely to meet her even for mandatory or customary meetings and could delegate some ministers on a permanent basis.
“Usually when the CM meets with the Prime Minister or the President in Delhi or before the assembly sessions, the Chief Minister calls the Governor and briefs him. It was followed when ESL Narasimhan was the Governor. If the protocol requires certain functions, the CM will delegate other ministers,” a senior TRS official said.
At the district level, revenue officers like tahsildars, revenue division officers, and other officials like city commissioners carry out ceremonial duties during visits from VIPs such as ministers and ministerial-level officials . But for the CM and the governor, the collector and the SP must receive them according to the rules of the protocol. Violation of protocol would also be considered serious as the governor is the first citizen of the state. Tamilisai Soundarajan had complained to the Center that collectors and SPs violated rules of protocol during her visit to Sammakka-Sarakka jatara and Yadadri Temple.