Minister Biography

Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao popularly known as KTR, is a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Telangana, 29th State of India. He is the Member of the Legislative Assembly from Sircilla Assembly Constituency since 2009. Born in Siddipet on July 24th 1976, KTR is the son of K Chandrashekar Rao, the first Chief Minister of Telangana. He grew up in a politically active family and completed his schooling from St. George’s Grammar School, Hyderabad before going to Nizam College, Hyderabad. He studied M.Sc. in Biotechnology from University of Pune and also holds an MBA degree in Marketing and E-Commerce from City University of New York, NY.

After finishing his MBA, KTR worked in USA between 2001-06. But his interest in the prevailing socioeconomic condition in the region brought him back to where his heart belongs – politics. He joined Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and worked under the leadership of his father to bring statehood to the region of Telangana. During this period, he travelled the length and breadth of the state and interacted with people to understand their problems and aspirations, which later helped in shaping his political career. KTR made his policital entry in the 2009 Assembly elections. He assumed the cabinet positions in June 2014 in the new state of Telangana.

KTR has embarked upon an aggressive plan to develop the IT and high tech industry in the new state after assuming position. His aim is to double the IT exports from Telangana in the next five years. He has already taken-up several initiatives in this regard that includes creating proactive and business friendly industrial, IT and electronic policies; facilitating electronic manufacturing ecosystem in the state; promoting entrepreneurship through creation of T Hub – India’s largest incubator for startups; generating skilled workers through Telangana Academy of Skill and Knowledge (TASK).

The State has launched historic WaterGrid project to provide tap water to 10 million homes; this project piggybacks optic fiber in the same trench to create the most extensive broadband network in India. Taking a step ahead to deliver government services to the rural citizens over internet, he has initiated the E-Panchayat project.

KTR has been recognized as ‘Most Inspirational Icon of the Year 2015’ by CNN-IBN and Ritz Magazine, and has won other awards.

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