Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao declared that from being steeped in despair, Telangana in the past for years has emerged as a State filled with hope and one that made rapid strides towards development and putting a human face to the steps taken for welfare of people.
“Telangana State is now the pioneer in development with historic and revolutionary schemes and developmental activities which the whole country is looking at in awe,” the first Chief Minister of the youngest State said. He called upon people to celebrate the State Formation Day with pride and grandeur.
Addressing the State Formation Day celebrations at the Parade Grounds here in the city on Saturday morning, Chandrashekhar Rao said Telangana State has become a destination for officials and elected representatives from other states to study the Telangana model and replicate its schemes and programmes in their states.
Tribute to martyrs
Greeting the people of the State on the occasion, the Chief Minister paid rich tributes to the martyrs who gave up their lives during the struggle for the formation of the State. “The government,” he said, “in these past four years, has taken strong steps and they have already begun yielding results. Our achievements so far are a matter of pride for the entire people of Telangana.”
“Going through the crucible of the struggle for a separate State, we understood the difficulties faced by the people, the reasons that resulted in the then state of affairs. It is with this clear understanding that we wrote our manifesto and won handsomely in the elections. From the moment the government was formed, we have been implementing the promises we made in our manifesto and introduced many programmes resulting in widespread public good and welfare. I consider our achievements so far a validation of our struggle for a separate State,” he said.
Referring to the prospect of even better days ahead for the people of the state, the Chief Minister said, “our philosophy is based on the principle of creating wealth, which we have proved by achieving a 21% economic growth rate. Wealth must be created. This wealth must be used to improve the lives of the people and empower them financially. This is the principle that we have been following.”
He informed that the farmers’ insurance scheme proposed to provide insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh to each farmer and also ‘Kanti Velugu’, the free eye testing scheme, will be launched on the occasion of Indian Independence Day on August 15.
The Chief Minister also listed various infrastructure development projects in the irrigation sector, initiatives taken to attract investments in the industrial sector, welfare schemes such as Kalyana Lakshmi, KCR Kits for expectant mothers, Aasara pensions for the poor and needy and construction of two-bedroom houses for the poor.
Chandrashekhar Rao also warned people to be cautious with regard to forces of disruption that are trying to undermine the government and its work for the people of the state. “These are the same forces that sought to tried hard to create hurdles on the path to the formation of the State. But we have proved that if we are determined, we can overcome any challenge. The in the days to come, I promise that this government will work with increased enthusiasm, work harder towards making the dream of Bangaru Telangana a reality. Let us rededicate ourselves to work for the development of Telangana and make the State that will provide direction for the rest of the country.”