Hyderabad: Chief Minister-designate and TRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday promised to complete all the pending irrigation projects within next two years. He said that about Rs 70,000 crore was required to complete the pending irrigation projects and about Rs 17,000 crore was ready to be released for completion of Sitarama project.
“The Kaleshwaram and Sitarama projects will be completed within next one to one-and-half years, while the Palamuru project will be completed within the next a couple of years. Even without waiting for completion of the entire project, we will supply water to agriculture sector as and when the reservoirs are constructed,” he said, adding that the Dummugudem project will be completed by June to supply water for agricultural purposes.
Fielding a volley of questions after being elected as the leader of TRS Legislature Party at Telangana Bhavan on Wednesday, Chandrashekhar Rao said about Rs 10 lakh crore will be the complete receipt and expenditure of the State over the next five years. “We will get the funds as part regular procedures of funds devolution. While we pay Rs 2.4 lakh crore towards our loans, we will become eligible to obtain fresh loan of Rs 1.3 lakh crore. We will have enough funds to complete all our projects as well as implement the welfare programmes,” he said. He stated that Telangana had registered a growth rate of 29.9 per cent in State-Owned Tax Revenues, which was highest in the country during this fiscal.
Compensation for jobless
On the Unemployment Compensation scheme, the Chief Minister-designate said the new government would appoint a committee to finalise modalities. “It will be introduced in the next financial year. We expect about 10 lakh youth to benefit from it,” he said. He stated that both the Congress and TDP had misled youth on employment opportunities in the State for their political mileage over 60 years. Pointing out that government jobs constitute less than one per cent jobs world-wide, he promised to fill all the government vacancies on a priority basis, and also attract fresh investment for creating jobs in the private sector.
Chandrashekhar Rao said that conducting the Panchayat Raj elections successfully as per the High Court orders before the fixed time was a priority before the State government. He expected the election notification to be released within next one week and termed them as a challenge for the government immediately after the Assembly polls. He promised to give drinking water to every household by April.
To continue as CM
When asked if someone else would replace him as the Chief Minister, considering his plans to work in national politics, he ruled out any such possibility and said he will work from Hyderabad as the base. On his stand on Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh, he replied that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu himself had no clarity on the issue. He also vowed not to spare the Opposition leaders who indulged in scams during their tenure in the previous governments and stated that the vote-for-note case was still under investigation.
Responding to another question, Chandrashekhar Rao stated that people reposed faith in TRS based on the welfare activities as well as effective and transparent governance. He stated that lot of planning and hard work goes into the implementation of each welfare and development scheme of the State government. Schemes like Kalyana Lakshmi and KCR Kits helped the government curb child marriages and also increase institutional deliveries, he added.