Smaller districts will boost development, says KCR

Warangal (T’gana): Smaller districts will pave the way for faster growth and boost development, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said here today.

“(Creation of) smaller districts will boost development and take administration closer to the people.

Moreover, all the welfare programmes undertaken by the government will reach every citizen,” Rao told reporters here.

According to KCR, smaller districts will also reduce “pilferage” of funds.

“The decision to form new districts was taken about one year ago in the Cabinet meeting. A Cabinet committee was formed to study and create new districts,” he added.

Rao further said opinion of all the parties was also taken on the issue.

“A high power committee was constituted under chairmanship of MP K Keshava Rao which took opinion of MLAs and MP’s and other public representatives in this regard,” he said.

As per the Chief Minister, “an emergency” Cabinet meeting will be held tomorrow and final draft of notification regarding creation of districts will be issued.

From October 11 onwards new district will start functioning, he added.

Rao maintained that there is no political gain in creation of the new districts.

Hitting out at Opposition parties, the Chief Minister said, “In 1985, the then Chief Minister (of undivided Andhra Pradesh) N T Rama Rao introduced Mandal system, which was opposed by the Congress, but it worked well and people are happy with the system”.

“In the same way, the new district will show good results and there is a need to have a district for four lakh population,” the Chief Minister added.

KCR also said his government is considering to name the new districts after well-known personalities like Chakali Ailamma, Doddi Komuraiah, P V Narsimha Rao, Suravaram Prathapa Reddy and others.

He also said a detailed plan will be prepared for integrated development of Warangal city and Rs 300 crore were allotted in the Budget for its development.

A big textile park will come-up near Gorrekunta in 1,200 acres of land, for which land has been acquired, KCR added.