On Tuesday, finance minister T Harish Rao was given the additional charge of the Medical, Health, and Family Welfare portfolio by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Harish Rao led the TRS campaign's charge against former Health Minister Eatala Rajender in the run-up to the recently held Huzurabad Assembly Constituency's bye-election.
On May 1st, 2021, Rajender was taken off from the Health portfolio and removed from the Cabinet after allegations were leveled against him over encroachment of government lands by a company owned by his family. CM KCR had then taken over the portfolio amid the second wave of the Covid pandemic.
After Rajender quit the ruling TRS party, the bypoll was necessitated. He then decided to take on the Chief Minister electorally by joining the rival BJP.KCR's decision to hand over the Health portfolio to Harish comes in the wake of Eatala Rajender's success in holding ground on his home turf, despite Harish camping for over four months in Huzurabad.
The government order allocating the Health Minister portfolio to Harish Rao was issued by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar following the nod from Governor Tamilisai Sounderarajan on the advice of CM KCR.