Dr. M.Chenna Reddy son of Sri M.Lakshma Reddy, was born on
January 13,1919 In Sirpur Village of Vikarabad Taluk In Hyderabad district. He took his
MBBS degree in 1941. He was the founder of
Andhra Yuvajana Samiti and Students Congress. He was associated with several student,
youth, social, educational, literary and cultural organisations, He edited a weekly for
about two years and contributed articles to loading dailies and Journals.
He took active part in the political
struggle in the earst- while Hyderabad State and in 1942 was the General Secretary of
Andhra Mahasabha (which was a precursor of the State Congress). In 1946, he became a
member of the Standing Committee of the State Congress and General Secretary of Hyderabad
City Congress. He was one of the founders and as well General Secretary of the
Ideological.K.M..P.Group In the Congress. He was General Secretary of the
Andhra.Provincial Congress Comittee for several years and a member of the P.C.C. Working
Committee for 30 years.
Term of Office
In 1950, Dr. Reddy was nominated to the
Provisional Parliament and was appointed Whip of Congress Parliamentary Party. He was
elected member of the Hyderabad Legislative Assembly in the first General Elections
and.from 1052-56 was Minister for Agriculture and Food, Planning_and Rehabilitation in
Hyderabad State.As Minister he held the
Indian Delegation to the World Conference of
Agriculturists held in Rome under the auspices of the F.A.O. in 1953, Subsequently in
1955, he represented India as the Deputy Leader of the Indian Delegation to F.O.A.
Conference in Rome.
He was elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative
Assembly again from Vikarabad constituency.
During 1957-62, he was a member of the Public
Accounts Committee, twice Chairman of the Estimates Committee and Chairman of the Andhra
Pradesh Regional (Telangana) Development Committee in State Legislative Asserably. In 1962
he was again elected, now from Tandur Constituency, and was Minister for Planning and
Panchayatraj and later for Finance, Commercial Taxes and Industries. In 1967, he was again
returned to the Legislative Assembly and was
Minister for Finance, Education and Commercial Taxes. He resigned
the State Ministership on his appointment as
Minister for Steel, Mines and Metals in the
Union Cabinet (1967-63). Subsequently in
April 1967, he was elected to the Rajya
As Minister for Steel and Mines, he
introduced several reforms to improve production and brought about decontrol of
distribution of steel and coal. At the invitation of the British Government he visited the
U.K. for talks on steel industry and other allied matters. He resigned from the Union
Cabinet in April 1968.
Reddy took an active part in several public movements and played a notable role in the
split In the Congress Organisation and in the
movement for a separate Telangana State. As head of the movement for separate Telengana, he made a significant contribution in
resolving the issue as also in drafting of the Six Point
Formula in 1971 which was later incorporated as '
New Deal for Telangana' in the Congress Manifesto when the elections to the Andhra Pradesh
Assembly took place in 1972.
Dr. Reddy was married to Srimati M.
Savitri Devi and had two sons and a daughter. Travels Abroad:- Rome Switzerland, France
Denmark, Belgium, United Kingdom, Pakistan, West Germany, Egypt, Czechoslovakia, Hungary,
Yugoslavia, Rumania and USSR.
Publicationss- He has contributed a number
of articles to several dailies and journals. Hobbiess- Games and sports-Football (College
Team) horticulture and cultural activities. He was the President of the State Olympic
Association and the State Football and the State Volley- ball Associations.