Hyderabad: Unfurling the national flag to mark 70th Republic Day event at Parade Grounds, Secunderabad, Governor ESL Narasimhan on Saturday said Telangana State has achieved significant growth in just four-and-a-half years after its formation. The infant State is expected to become “Seed Bowl” of India with abundant waters in lakes to enhance agriculture production with completion of the projects soon. He made a special mention of Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bheema schemes were being replicated by several others States in the country. The schemes also became part of national agenda and was appreciated by UNO, he said. The scheme is first of its kind giving Rs 8,000 per acre a year will be increased to Rs 10,000. These schemes have become a role model for the country, he added.
The Governor said the State was witnessing rapid growth in all sectors under the leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Telangana State was implementing a whopping Rs 40,000 crore worth welfare schemes and reduced the age limit for pensions to 57 years besides doubling the pensions being offered to beneficiaries. Narsimhan said the State government aims to bring under irrigation 1.25 crore acres in about five years and the works of the Kaleshwaram project are on speed path. Sitharama project, Palamur Ranga Reddy and Dindi projects have taken pace, he said.
The flagship Mission Kakatiya program has increased the groundwater levels and also lakes and ponds in villages giving push to minor irrigation and community professions. He listed out several schemes of welfare and development programs which are pushing the State on speedy growth trajectory. Telangana was the only State supplying 24-hour power to agriculture and set an example in India. The State has also taken up land cleansing survey and gave pass books to about 94 per cent of owners with clear details and helping the community professions. The schemes are coined for community professions, pushing the power plants to become operational to make the State a power surplus, he said.
The Governor also said 524 Gurukul Schools were set up as part of KG-to-PG scheme and increased districts to 31 for administrative ease and speedy governance to reach the people. Narayanapet and Mulugu districts will be formed into new districts and about 3,000 lambada thandas are being developed into village panchayats to witness growth. TSIPASS was giving industrial permissions in 15 days bringing in new companies, businesses that fetched about Rs 1.32 lakh cr investments afresh to the state. The government has kept all the promises made and will do so in future. No other State in the country and even the Centre has allocated such huge funds for welfare as Telangana State has. Keeping the promises made and the assurances given during the recent elections, the government is reducing the age limit for old age pension to 57 years. Similarly, the pension amount will be doubled.
The government was implementing programs and schemes to occupations by extending the latest technology and modern techniques. This is aimed at supporting those professions. This will help in strengthening the rural economy. Among the several initiatives taken in this direction include, distribution of sheep to Yadavas and Kurumas, fish seed to the fishermen and Mudiraj community, 50 percent of subsidy on yarn and chemicals for the weavers, economic support to other professional communities like the Nayi Brahmin, Rajakas, Gouds, Viswa Brahmins. She-buffaloes were distributed to the milk producers giving thrust to milk production. For the benefit of the Most Backward Classes, a separate MBC Corporation was formed.
Agriculture sector used to get water for three to four hours a day. Farmers used to face difficulties due to burning of motors and failureof transformers. Crops used to wither away. Domestic power consumers used to bear with hours of power cuts. When the State was formed, Telangana had a deficit of 2,700 MW of power. The State government had carved out strategies and could find solution to the persisting power crisis. Now the government is supplying 24-hour-uninterrupted power to all the sectors.
“I want to share a happy news that from this academic year onwards, one BC residential school per Legislative Assembly Constituency will be started covering all the 119 Assembly segments. In the days to come, the State government will take up several reforms in the education sector to make it comprehensive and strong.
The state government has already launched several programmes and schemes to strengthen the public health system, which saves lives of people. In the entire state, in all the government hospitals, facilities have been stepped up. The status and standard of the hospitals has also been enhanced. Latest state-of-the art laboratory equipment is provided in the hospitals.
With a view to put an end to unwanted and unnecessary surgeries and to increase deliveries at the government hospitals, the government has introduced KCR Kits scheme. This scheme has given good results. Similarly, the Kanti Velugu programme aimed at creating awareness among the people on health and eye related issues has been running successfully.
Very soon, medical camps in all the villages will be conducted to detect any ENT problems. The government has made arrangements for shifting the bodies from the government hospital mortuaries to the native place of the deceased free of cost through the Paramapada Ambulances.
Make housing or the poor, livable, and respectable, the State government is constructing and giving 2 bedroom houses to the poor free of cost for the first time in the country. Works are progressing on 2.72 lakh houses. As the promise made during the elections, the government will extend financial support of Rs. 5 to 6 lakh to the poor who wish to construct 2 bedroom houses on their own house sites.
Roadways mirror the culture of the contemporary society. The State government is working with a comprehensive strategy to improve the transportation situation in the state. The tate government could secure 3,150 KMs National Highways in the state. At the time of formation of the State, there were only 2,527 KMs of national highways in the state.
As on date, the state has 5,677 Kms of the national highways. The state government has decided to lay 340 Kms length of Regional Ring Road around Hyderabad outside of the ORR on par with international standards. This is in tune with the fast developing Hyderabad city and its needs.
The state government has decided to repair all the roads in the State. Works will be done on a mission mode. The government has taken a firm decision to have BT roads in all the 12,751 villages in the state.
The State government has formed and is implementing an industrial policy to increase the industrial output and at the same time enhancing the employment opportunities. The TS-iPASS Act was brought to remove inordinate delays in giving permissions to the new industries. This Act is giving the desired results. National and International industrial giants are coming forward to invest in the State. The T-Hub created to incubate the start-ups has also made its mark within the country and across the globe.
Taking administration to the doorsteps of the people, the government has created new districts, divisions, mandals and villages. Besides the new 21 districts, Narayanpet and Mulugu districts will also be created soon. The government has fulfilled the long pending demand of STs to notify Thandas and Gudems as special Panchayats. In all 1,177 Thandas and gudems were declared as Panchayats. Since 1,281 habitations were in the Scheduled areas they were also reserved for the STs. Based on the population figures, the government has reserved 688 villages for the STs.
With this, in the ongoing Panchayat polls, as many as 3,146 ST candidates will be elected as the Gram Sarpanches. The Telangana State government will be remembered in history as the government that created special Panchayats for the STs and handed over the reigns of administration to them. This is a very progressive step, indeed. The new Panchayat Raj Act was passed by the government to realise the dream of Mahatma Gandhi, Gram Swaraj. This Act will help better governance by the local bodies and make the people’s representatives an epitome of inspiration. The government is introducing reforms to make Panchayats actively take up village sanitation, good governance and increasing the green cover. The government is moving forward with a uncompromising stand on the protection of forests, social forestry in the State.
Law and Order situation in the state has been maintained very well. The Police Command Control Centre, which is coming up, will render international services to the people. Intelligence network will be strengthened with this. The SHE teams formed to protect women have been rendering yeomen service and they were successful in containing incidence of eve teasing. The State government, which practiced the policy of increasing the income and sharing it among the people, was using the increase in revenue returns for the welfare and development of farmers, poor and other needy communities. aspirations of the people.