State Cabinet to set up NIMZ in city, Medak; Slams AP for project row

The Telangana State Cabinet here on Friday took a decision to give guarantee through TSIIC to obtain loans of Rs 784 crore from HUDCO to set up NIMZ in Medak and Pharma NIMZ in Hyderabad to increase productivity, boost State economy and provide employment to youth.

 The Cabinet, which met here on Friday, also decided to ink a deal with Maharashtra government for expediting the Telangana projects across the river Godavari. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who chaired the meeting and discussed various issues for two hours, expressed displeasure at the objections being raised by the Andhra Pradesh Government and asked the officials concerned to speed up the redesigning of the projects. The Cabinet, which took serious exception to AP writing letters to the Centre with total lies and false information on the projects, decided to send a team headed by the Chief Minister to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi or to press a team led by Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao to Delhi to apprise the Centre on the issue.

The cabinet gave nod for project designing in 19 packages for Pranahita-Chevella, Devadula, Kantanapally, Sitarama, Bhakta Ramadasu, Rajiv Sagar, Indira Sagar and SRSP flood canal. Besides, giving its nod for redesigning of the irrigation projects and to obtain Rs 1,000-crore loan from NABARD to encourage micro irrigation, the Cabinet decided to strike a deal with Maharashtra on the projects. Warangal got top priority as the Cabinet decides to set up Agriculture College in the district and Veterinary College in Mamunur and establish Fisheries Science College in the State besides taking up fish farming in a big way in lakes and water bodies across the districts as the flagship project of Mission Kakatiya is huge a success. It also asked the officials to prepare list of vacant posts of teachers, engineers and a plan to provide jobs to qualified persons.

The Cabinet further decided to offer salaries to Archakas (temple priests) through treasury and set up a Cabinet sub-committee to be chaired by Endowments Minister A Indrakaran Reddy and other ministers, including Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Nayani Narsimha Reddy, Jupally Krishna Rao and Tummala Nageshwar Rao as members. The committee will submit a report to the State government by studying the irregularities related to endowment lands, Hundi collections and other issues to restore past glory to the temples.

The Cabinet also decided to set up a food processing unit and cold storages and take steps to prevent duplication. It asked the Agriculture and Marketing departments to submit a report. As per the Cabinet decision, the number of trust members will be increased based on income of the endowment and related establishments. Consequently, those with Rs 1 crore income and with Rs 25 lakh to Rs 1 crore would get trust members to 14 from 9, those with income less than Rs 25 lakh will get seven from five and the endowment institutions with income less than Rs 2 lakh will get five trust members from three.

Other key decisions of Cabinet are to ask revenue department to prepare a policy to check the irregularities of assigned and other lands, vacant lands and engineering and redesigining will be done as per water availability, objections by Maharasthra and other issues. The aim of the NIMZ at two districts will add to the productivity of the State besides giving boost to economy and provide ample scope for job opportunities and employment. (NSS_