Suryapet: Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K T Rama Rao on Monday said reorganisation of districts was not taken up in only two States, undivided Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, after independence.
“Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao took up reorganisation of districts after formation of Telangana State for decentralisation of administration and to take the administration closer to the people. Following the reorganisation, the number of districts in the State have gone up from 10 to 33, and the revenue divisions also increased from 43 to 73 ,” he said, adding that the number of mandals also increased from 459 to 590.
The Minister was speaking after inaugurating the new Revenue Divisional Office besides laying the foundation stone for a slew of development works being taken up at a cost of Rs 50 crores at Huzurnagar.
Rama Rao said gram panchayats numbers also went up from 8,879 to 12,751 after the State government accorded gram panchayat status to thandas (tribal hamlets ). The number of municipalities in the State also increased to 141 from 68. “I am sure the decentralisation of administration has helped in ensuring improved services to the people and taking the benefits of the welfare schemes to their door-steps,” he said.
Stating that except for three, all other promises made by the Chief Minister during his visit to Huzurnagar have been fulfilled, he assured that the remaining three would also be fulfilled soon. He said the foundation stone has been laid for a skill development centre in Huzurnagar Assembly constituency to facilitate local youth get jobs in industries located in the area. He informed that 1,000 acres of government land was also identified at Mattampally to set up industrial park, and Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) authorities have been directed to take up measures in this regard.
Stating that Huzurnagar MLA Shanampudi Saidi Reddy had brought to his notice the encroachments of hills and forest lands, he instructed the officials to show zero tolerance towards persons involved in such activities.
Pointing out that that there were no elections in the State for the next four years, Rama Rao said elected representatives should unitedly work for development of their areas irrespective of political affiliations. He also assured to examine the appeal of TPCC president and Nalgonda MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy, who was present at the meeting, on 4,000 houses to be constructed near Huzurnagar.
Earlier, at another function in Chityal Municipality in Nalgonda district, Rama Rao said the State government had not stopped extending financial assistance to beneficiaries of welfare schemes including Aasara pensions and Rythu Bandhu despite sharp decrease in revenue earnings following the COVID-19 lockdown.
He said even countries like the US which have strong economy faced similar economic setback due to Corona pandemic. The State’s revenue had dropped significantly in the last three months and it may take some time to
recover from it, he said, adding that despite the financial crunch, Rs 6,889 crores have been deposited in the accounts of 54,22,000 farmers in the State under Rythu Bandhu scheme. So far, Rs 27,000 crores have been paid to farmers under the scheme, he said, adding that the government had also succeeded in providing irrigation facility to tail-end areas of canals in erstwhile Nalgonda district.
KTR assures of taking up Chityal-Jaggayyapet railway line
Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao on Monday assured that he would bring to the notice of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao the request of elected representatives of Nalgonda and Suryapet districts for a rail track from Chityal to Jaggayyapet.
Responding to the requests of Nakrekal, Kodad and Huzurnagar MLAs at a meeting held in Huzurnagar, he said that laying railway track connecting Chityal-Jaggayyapet would ensure rail connectivity between Hyderabad and Vijayawada, capitals of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh respectively. It would also facilitate the railways run high speed trains or bullet trains between the two capitals, he said.
Stating that it may not be possible to get the facility immediately in view of the prevailing conditions, he said MPs from the district had already taken up the issue with the Centre.
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