Sangareddy: IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao on Tuesday said the leadership of Telangana, in the past seven years, had cleared all apprehensions about their capabilities of leading the State on the path of development and growth. “Not only has Telangana proved its detractors wrong, but has also taken the leadership position on several fronts in the country within a short span,” he said.
The Minister pointed out that several persons including former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh N Kiran Kumar Reddy had raised doubts over Telangana leaders’ capabilities and had even gone to the extent of stating that the State would grope in the dark post division because it lacked sufficient power generation. “Some people, casting aspersions on Telangana leaders, said even existing industries will flee the State, leave alone attracting new investments due to deficit power supply and other issues,” he said.
“Chief Minister K Chandrashekar, however, handled the situation efficiently and ensured uninterrupted, 24×7 power supply to three major sectors – industries, irrigation and domestic, since October, 2014. Industrialists used to protest seeking uninterrupted power supply before the State was carved out, but such issues came to an end after Telangana was formed with all hydro and thermal power stations functioning efficiently,” the Minister said during an interaction with students of Master of Public Policy (MPP) at GITAM University campus at Rudraram in Sangareddy district..
Stating that the power consumption was a major indicator for development in any country or State, Rama Rao said Telangana topped the list in the country on average power consumption now. The installed capacity of power shot up from 7,780 MW to 16,000 MW since June 2, 2014, he said.
Telangana, the Minister said, was always referred to as a backward region in the country seven years ago, but the State made it to the top in paddy production in the country because of the execution of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, Mission Kakatiya, and several other irrigation projects. “Once Mahabubnagar was called the most backward district in the country, but the improved irrigation has changed the face of the district completely,” he said.
Observing that Telangan’s agriculture potential remained untapped till 2014, he said the State was known for farmers’ suicides back then. The situation has completely changed within seven years, he said.
The Minister said Telangana wa the first State in the country to connect each and every household with potable drinking water supply under Mission Bhagiratha. Chandrashekhar Rao introduced a similar programme in his constituency way back in 1998, and replicated the same across the State as Chief Minister now, he said.
The Minister elaborated as to how Mission Bhagiratha, KLIS, Mission Kakatiya, Rythu Bandhu, TSiPass, Kalayana Lakshmi and other programmes set an example for the rest of the nation.
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