Hyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi sent a clear signal to the Centre that federalism in its true spirit was essential for the country to emerge stronger, when the party’s working president K T Rama Rao urged the Union Government to empower and strengthen the States to achieve this goal.
Participating in the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday, Rama Rao said it was imperative that the Centre move agriculture, education and healthcare from the concurrent list to the State list. “These are subjects that are primarily to be handled by States,” he said.
He said that issues related to agriculture, education and healthcare need to be addressed by the States and stressed the need for reclassifying them as part of the State list.
Putting forth the views and perspective of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao with regard to the various issues pertaining to development of States before the gathering, Rama Rao asserted that the country would emerge stronger to face any kind of challenge if the spirit of the Federal system was upheld by strengthening the States.
The TRS working president favoured the ‘One Nation, One Election’ proposed by the BJP government. Irrespective of the issues involved, simultaneous polls to Lok Sabha and State Assemblies should be welcomed, he said, adding that day-to-day administration was being impacted by the separate elections being held to State Assemblies and the Lok Sabha.
Stating that the TRS would extend its support if the implementation of simultaneous polls needed a Constitutional amendment, Rama Rao said the “One Nation, One Election” concept would help curb the influence of money in elections. “It would also help bring down election expenditure as well,” he said.
Rama Rao said that the proposal to develop 150 schools, 50 hospitals and 150 villages with international standards in every State with the coordination of the Centre was placed before the Prime Minister, who in turn had responded positively and assured to consider it.
He welcomed the decision of the Centre to organise the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in a big way.
He suggested to the Prime Minister that focused attention would be needed for the development of aspirational districts announced by the Centre. Allocation of adequate funds as well as effective monitoring of the implementation of the programme was needed, he said. Though Jayshanker Bhupalpalli district figured in the list of aspirational districts, no headway has been made so far in the implementation of the aspirational districts programme, he said.