|Cabinet Minister||Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao|
|Born||24 July 1976 (age 41)Karimnagar, Telangana (now in Telangana, India)|
|Political party||Telangana Rashtra Samithi|
|Alma mater||City University of New York University of Pune Nizam College|
|Awards||Inspirational Icon Of The Year - For Politics by CNN-IBN and Ritz Magazine Skoch Challenger of the Year 2015 IT Minister of the year 2017 by Skoch.|
Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao (born 24 July 1976) popularly known as K.T.R., is an Indian politician from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. K.T.R. is a Member of Legislative Assembly from Sircilla (Assembly constituency). He currently serves as the Cabinet Minister for the State for different portfolios namely Information Technology (IT), Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD), Textiles and NRI Affairs.He is the son of Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana and founder of Telangana Rashtra Samithi. KTR has been awarded Most Inspirational Icon on the Year 2015 by CNN-IBN and Ritz Magazine.He is multi-lingual, being fluent in Telugu, English, Hindi and Urdu. K.T.Ramarao is working as IT minister of Telangana State.
K. T. Rama Rao was born in the Karimnagar district of Telangana (erstwhile Andhra Pradesh), India, on 24 July 1976.His father, K. Chandrashekhar Rao, is the founder of Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the 1st Chief Minister of Telangana and mother, K. Shobha Rao, is a home maker.His younger sister, K Kavitha, is the President of Telangana Jagruthi and a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha for the Nizamabad constituency Since 2003, KTR is married to K Shailima.The couple has two children.
KTR was mostly educated in a boarding school environment through 7 different schools in 10 years.At the age of ten, he moved to Hyderabad and joined the Amravati Public School at Yousufguda before shifting to Nalanda Public School at Mehdipatnam.He completed his schooling at the historic St. George’s Grammar School, Abids Road. Further, he pursued intermediate education from Vignan Junior College at Vadlamudi, Guntur, and went on to graduate as Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Chemistry and Botany from the Nizam College at Hyderabad.He holds two postgraduate degrees – Master of Science in Biotechnology from the University of Pune and Master of Business Administration in Marketing and E-Commerce from City University of New York (CUNY), United States of America, which he completed in the year 2000.
During 1998-99, KTR began his stint as an IT Professional and interned at the shipping and ocean logistics firm INTTRA Inc at Madison Avenue, New York.He then turned a full-time employee as Project Manager with the same firm at its New Jersey office and earned appreciation under the leadership of then CEO Ken Bloom. Within a short span of about 3 years, KTR rose high in the ranks of the firm to be promoted to the position of Regional Director, South Asia. The new role mandated him to come back to India in December 2004
In 2006, K. Chandrasekhar Rao resigned from the United Progressive Alliance-II, giving away his Lok Sabha seat for the cause of a separate Telangana.K T Rama Rao resigned from his job to join the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and began campaigning for his father who contested for the Karimnagar Lok Sabha by-election in the same year. KCR won by a margin of over 2 lakh votes
KTR began his political career in 2009 when he contested the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly Elections from the Sircilla Assembly constituency. He won by a close margin of 171 votes, defeating independent candidate KK Mahender Reddy.
Soon after, KTR and 10 other members from the TRS resigned from the Legislative Assembly in support of a separate State for Telangana.In July 2010, the High Court of Andhra Pradesh ordered the Election Commission of India to conduct by-polls in Sircilla and Vemulawada among other towns across the Telangana region.KTR contested again from Sircilla defeating opponent KK Mahender Reddy (from the Indian National Congress) yet again, this time with a huge margin of 68,219 votes.
K T Rama Rao established a socio-political connect with the people of Telangana and helped mobilise over a million protestors for the landmark Sakala Janula Samme movement between September and December 2011.When the Telangana Joint Action Committee organised a rail-road-transport blockade as part of the movement, he spent a night with the agitating protestors to push for a consensus on the formation of Telangana and asked for a timeframe to finish implementation.
On 15 October 2011, KTR and other TRS leaders and activists were taken into preventive custody during another three-day rail roko agitation after police and paramilitary forces were deployed by the Kiran Kumar Reddy government to control the ongoing situation. They were released later.On 27 January 2013, KTR courted arrest when he attempted to participate in the Samara Deeksha protest at Indira Park at Hyderabad.
On 3 October 2013, 64 days after the Congress Working Committee’s resolution on Telangana was passed, a cabinet note approved its formation in principle. In this context, KTR demanded that a Bill be introduced in Parliament in an interview to Rajdeep Sardesai.He also declared that the impending "Telangana government will not compromise on any aspect of administration being delegated to the union government with regard to (the city of) Hyderabad."
He hinted at a working association with the Congress party in the future. But on 5 December 2013, a Group of Ministers report listed possible options of carving out Rayal-Telangana with 12 districts and Telangana with 10 districts. KTR reacted strongly against the proposal.
After the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014, was passed by Parliament in February 2014, KTR clarified on behalf of the TRS that large sections of the party have expressed their wish to retain regional identity in the Telangana discourse (vis-à-vis allying with the Congress party in the new state).After the Bill received the President’s assent and was published as an Act of Parliament in the Official Gazette of India, KTR adhered to the principle of inclusive leadership by issuing a statement to the media in the wake of rumours attempting to scare people of Seemandhra residing in Hyderabad (vis- à -vis their safety and security once the new state would come into being on June 2, 2014):
"All sections must derive confidence from the fact that even at the height of our movement (for statehood), no individual, family or institution was harmed or alienated. This has been the philosophy of the party and it will continue to be the driving force in the days to come. We are looking forward for a Telangana that is growth-oriented, development-oriented, drives employment, education focused and takes care of the need of all sections of society." (April 23, 2014),Finally, the first Legislative Assembly elections for Telangana, the 29th state of the Indian Union, were held on 30 April 2014 (which also coincided with the 2014 General Elections) K T Rama Rao contested as the MLA candidate for TRS from Sircilla against Konduri Ravider Rao from the INC, winning the seat for the third consecutive time by a margin of 53,004 votes.TRS emerged as the ruling party with the single largest majority in the assembly, winning a decisive mandate of 66 out of 119 seats.
On 2 June 2014, K T Rama Rao was sworn in as Member of Legislative Assembly for Telangana and Cabinet Minister for Information Technology and Panchayat Raj.