Hyderabad: In a country where politicians have been known to make promises but have not been able to keep their words, one that does so, tends to become a role model, as in the case of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
It is with good reason that Chandrashekhar Rao was voted as the best performing Chief Minister in the country in the recently announced results of CVoter-IANS survey. Earlier too, in a survey reportedly ordered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rate the Chief Ministers in the country in 2016, Chandrashekhar Rao took the top spot. He was also adjudged the ‘Business Reformer of the Year’ by Economic Times in 2018. Such recognitions and accolades from eminent personalites, including economists and agriculture experts, have come only on the basis of successful policies, innovative welfare schemes and path-breaking developmental works undertaken by the TRS government in the past five years under Chandrashekhar Rao’s stewardship.
It should not come as a surprise then that Chandrashekhar Rao has set his sights on the Centre. He has the vision and political will to change things around as has been proved in the case of Telangana. Not many may know that the TRS government’s flagship programme Mission Bhagiratha, a watergrid plan to ensure potable water to every household in the State, is a macro implementation of a small exercise he had carried out in Siddipet Assembly constituency years ago.
The fact that several of his initiatives in the farm sector including the Mission Kakatiya, Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bhima, are now being copied not only by other States but also the Centre stands testimony to Chandrashekhar Rao’s farsighted and practical approach to problems, and offer solutions that are both achievable and viable. Schemes such as Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha have nearly turned the length and breadth of the State into a classroom of sorts for teams of officials from other States.
For the people themselves, who voted him as the best performing Chief Minister, it is the plethora of schemes such as welfare pensions, residential schools for minorities and others, Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubaarak, and Kanti Velugu, which have made a positive difference in their lives. His focus on education and medical and health sectors have yielded extremely positive results.
And then all the development initiatives, construction of irrigation projects at a pace never seen before, laying of roads and uninterrupted power supply to all sections of consumers have meant that development is actually there to see for people. While not everyone, particularly political rivals in the State need to agree on what people feel for their Chief Minister, the fact remains that by achieving the standing of the best Chief Minister, Chandrashekhar Rao has demonstrated, through his work, that there is much he can contribute to the rest of India, as he did for Telangana State.