Hyderabad, June 2 (INN): Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has claimed that his government was striving hard to turn the State into “Bangaru (Golden) Telangana”.
Addressing the official celebration of second anniversary of Telangana Formation Day at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad on Thursday, KCR elaborated on various initiatives taken by his government to ensure overall development of the State.
He expressed his resolve to utilise every drop of drop that has been allocated to Telangana State.
Speaking about irrigation projects, the Chief Minister said while neighbouring Karnataka and Maharashtra were cooperating with Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Government was creating hurdles. He warned the AP Government against causing obstacles and said that the Telangana would stop each and every drop of water that it lawfully owns to undo the injustices done in the past.
He said that the previous regimes have deliberately designed controversial projects in Telangana. He said Telangana Government would utilise 1330 TMC of water that has been allocated to it by the regulating agencies.
KCR said that Kalwakurthy, Nettipadu, Bheema and Koyal Sagar projects in Mahabubnagar district would be completed by 2017. By 2018, water would be supplied from Kaleshwaram, Dindi, Seetharama and Pranahita projects. He assured that all irrigation projects of Telangana would be completed by 2022 which would irrigate one crore acres.
The Chief Minister also listed out various schemes being implemented for the welfare of different sections of society. He said pension scheme was being implemented successfully benefitting old age persons, physically handicapped and widows. He said all poor persons were being supplied 6 kgs of fine rice every month. Presently, he said 1.77 lakh MT rice was being supplied to 2.82 crore poor families.
Speaking about the welfare of families of Telangana martyrs, KCR said one member from each of 598 families were given Appointment Letter for a government job. He also expressed his resolve over implementation of double bed room houses. He said 65,000 houses were sanctioned last year while this year, 2 lakh houses, including one lakh units in Hyderabad, have been approved.
The Chief Minister claimed that power cuts have become a thing of the past. He said power supply in erstwhile united AP regime had become a puzzle. However, within five months after coming to power, his government has resolved the power crisis. He said that the power supply would improve so much that people would never need any generators, invertors or convertors in near future.
Elaborating on Mission Bhagiratha, the Chief Minister promised that drinking water would be supplied through taps in 6100 areas across the State.
He said the project would be completed by 2018. He said Mission Bhagiratha has become so popular that other States in the country were emulating it. Similarly, he said that the Mission Kakatiya has helped in revival of thousands of old tanks and lakes.
KCR said that the State Government was improving the road connectivity across Telangana. Besides taking up repairs and construction of new roads, 150 new bridges were being constructed. He said 1900 KM of roads were constructed during the last two years. He said that the Centre has been urged to expand National Highways in the State.
Stating that the construction of Outer Ring Road around Hyderabad was almost completed, he said that the State Government proposes to construct Regional Ring Road which would connect Bhongir, Chotuppal, Ibrahimpatnam, Shadnagar, Chevella, Shankarpally, Narsapur, Toopran, Gajwel and Jagdevpur.
The Chief Minister said that his government intends to achieve 100% literacy rate in the State from present 67%, which is much below the national average of 72%. He said that the government has established 250 residential schools, which includes 130 for SCs, 50 STs and 71 for minorities. He said that the government would also implement KG to PG free education scheme.
The Chief Minister also reiterated the plans to strengthen and upgrade the health sector across the State.
KCR claimed that Hyderabad has emerged as the most favourite investment destination. He said so far 1798 new industries have come up with an investment of Rs. 24,698 crore. These industries have generated 1.11 lakh new jobs in the State. Similarly, 1300 new IT units have come up in the State.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government proposed to establish 14-15 new districts and their formation would be completed by new Dussera festival.
Earlier, the Chief Minister paid rich tributes to Telangana martyrs at Gun Park. Later, he laid the foundation stone for Matyrs’ Memorial near Lumbini Park and also unveiled the India’s largest national flag at Sanjeevaiah Park.
The Chief Minister also took salute of police parade. He also felicitated eminent personalities and distributed awards among them. State Ministers, legislators and senior officials were present on the occasion.