Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday stressed on the need for a new development agenda for the country, given the fact that there are different States and diverse sections of society with unique needs.
The Chief Minister, who held a high-level meeting comprising prominent personalities, retired and senior officials at Pragathi Bhavan, said the present system, laws and policies had to be studied in depth to bring in desired changes and reforms in them.
“This exercise should be done with the involvement of experts in various fields and senior bureaucrats,” he said, and gave a call to all sections of society from different parts of the country to participate in this task.
The Chief Minister discussed the need for setting the agenda and the merits and demerits of existing policies with the gathering. Rao pointed out that several countries were surging ahead in development while India, even after 70 years of Independence, could not succeed in even providing basic needs to the people. “Basic needs of the people like safe drinking water, electricity and irrigation are yet to be met in our country, and solutions continue to elude several problems,” he said.
Many States are faced with river water sharing issues and these problems are yet to be solved, he said, adding that there are also several issues on the Centre-State relations aspect. “Many commissions were set up and experts gave their opinion on the Centre-State relations but none of them have been implemented,” he said.
Stating that the spirit of cooperative federalism is not reflected in the administration, he said against this backdrop, the need of the hour was new development agenda. “Telangana has made rapid strides in welfare, development and providing basic needs to the people, among other achievements. The State policies have proved to be ideal for replication at both the Centre and other States,” he said.
Rao stressed the need for evolving a programme to identify and address problems faced by different States. Stating that there was still ambiguity on the Central, State and concurrent lists, the Chief Minister said, there should be clarity on what subjects should be in these lists. “The concurrent list has only resulted in overlapping of functioning leading to ground level problems, and this issue has to be addressed effectively,” he said.
Pointing out that different States had different social fabric, the Chief Minister said this had to be taken into account while extending reservations. “States have to be given the authority to decide the proportion of reservations for different sections based on local needs,” he said, and also called for reforms in judiciary, administration and legislation.
The agenda should include amendments to existing laws as also Constitutional amendments, he said, and sought opinion of retired and serving officials, political leaders and experts in various fields.
Adviser to the State government Rajiv Sharma, Dr Balaji Utla, CEO of Kriya, an NGO, and officials participated in the meeting.