After numerous agitations and sacrifices, the State was achieved in a democratic manner and is now making the entire country proud with its achievements.
Think Telangana, and the vision that came to one’s mind was of parched lands, frequent power cuts, lack of drinking water, low agriculture production and a general sense of desperation among the people. That was during the period of utter neglect preceding Statehood for the region on June 2, 2014. Cut to 2021, and Telangana is seen as a shining example of what can be achieved within a short period with visionary leadership, planned execution of ideas and programmes and a single-minded approach to development of the State and welfare of people.
After numerous agitations and sacrifices, the State was achieved in a democratic manner and is now making the entire country proud with its achievements. Read here some of the welfare scheme and programmes initiated by the Telangana government in the last seven years….
‘Rythu Bandhu’ Scheme
To enhance agriculture productivity and income to the farmers , Agriculture Investment Support Scheme, popularly known as Rythu Bandhu was introduced from the year 2018-19 Kharif season to take care of initial investment needs of every farmer.
Investment Support for Agriculture and Horticulture crops is being provided by way of grant of Rs. 5,000 per acre per season for purchase of inputs like seeds, fertilizers, etc twice a year, for Rabi (Yasangi) and Kharif (Rainy) seasons. This is a first direct farmer investment support scheme in India, where the cash is paid directly.
The state government launched KCR Kit Scheme for pregnant women. Pregnant women can utilise this scheme for maximum 2 deliveries. Women who give birth at a government hospital can utilize this scheme. The main aim of this scheme is to provide all the necessary items for pregnant women and the newborn baby.
Under this scheme, pregnant women will be provided with financial assistance of Rs. 12,000 in three phases. In case of a baby girl, an additional Rs. 1000 will be given by the government. KCR Kit contains Baby oil, Soaps useful for mother and child, mosquito net, napkins, baby bed etc.
Mission Kakatiya/ Mission Bhagiratha
A flagship programme of the government aimed at restoring around 46,000 tanks in five years to provide irrigation source to about 25 lakh acres spending Rs 22,000 crore. As of February, 2017, restoration work has been started for nearly 20,000 tanks and works have been completed for about 5,000 tanks.
As part of the Mission, activities like desiltation , repairing damaged sluices and weirs, restoring dilapidated tank bunds, stone revetments and plugging seepages are carried out.
Under the Telangana Drinking Water Supply Project (Mission Bhagiratha ), a mammoth 1.30 lakh km stretch of pipelines would be laid to quench the thirst of Telangana towns and villages apart from providing water for the industrial needs.
Telangana Ku Haritha Haaram, a flagship programme of the Telangana Government envisages increasing the present 24% tree cover in the State to 33% of the total geographical area of the State. The thrust areas to achieve the above are two-fold; one, initiatives in notified forest areas, and the other, initiatives in areas outside the notified forest areas.
Kalyana Lakshmi/ Shaadi Mubarak
To alleviate financial distress of SC/ST and minority families, Government decided to sanction a one-time financial assistance of Rs. 1,00,116 at the time of marriage for brides who are residents of Telangana State and whose parental income does not exceed Rs. 2 lakh per annum.
As a part of its welfare measures and social safety net strategy, the Telangana government has introduced the “ Aasara ” pensions, with a view to ensure secured life with dignity for all the poor.
Housing for the poor
This hallmark initiative of the Telangana government is intended to provide quality and respectable housing to the poor. The ‘housing for the poor’ plan provides for two and three storied buildings with the 2 BHK flats in Hyderabad and other urban areas while they are to be built as independent houses in rural areas.
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