Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday said that three years after it attained statehood, Telangana was ranked the richest State in the country today and its rise was very much in conformity with what he had predicted often during the Telangana statehood movement.
After unfurling the tricolor as part of the third State Formation Day celebrations at the Parade Grounds here, the Chief Minister paid homage to all those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of statehood for Telangana. He earlier paid tributes to the martyrs at the Martyrs’ Memorial at Gun Park.
Endowed with rich natural resources, Telangana registered the highest revenue growth of 17.82 per cent and the success was mainly due to twin factors factors — proper policy planning and financial discipline of the government. The State has also become a role model for others in taking the results of development to lower rungs of the society.
“I pray to God that the schemes of drinking water, water for irrigation, infrastructure, power and welfare schemes will be successfully implemented and ensure that the people lead a happy and prosperous life,” the Chief Minister said.
The Telangana government has reached out to the needy with the new welfare measures and has infused self-confidence and instilled self-respect among the poor. The government is spending Rs 40,000 crore on 35 welfare schemes introduced so far, the Chief Minister said.
A lion’s share of the State’s income is being spent on people’s welfare. The government is giving pension under Asara Scheme to 40 lakh helpless individuals. For the marriage of girls from poor families, we are implementing Shaadi Mubarak and Kalyana Laxmi Schemes. To the hungry poor, 6 kg of rice is being provided per member at a subsidised price of Re 1 a kg.
To help the poor to live with dignity, 2 bedroom houses are being given free of cost. For hostel students, fine rice is being supplied for meals. To impart international level education to the poor, some 512 residential schools are being set up.
From next academic year, ST Degree Colleges will also be set up for ST girl students. For the benefit of SCs and STs a Special Fund is being created based on their population figures and special programmes are framed for the development and welfare. “We have identified the low paid employees and workers at the field level and increased their salaries in a big way,” he said.
For the first time in India, KCR has introduced payment of pension for single women. “We are going to implement welfare schemes with a human face”.
KCR Kits, each worth Rs 15,000, will be distributed from June 3. Poor women are forced to go for work to eke out a living even though they are in an advance stage of pregnancy.
The scheme is designed to provide them nutritious food and to take care of the newborn after delivery. Pregnant women will be given Rs 12,000 financial assistance in three phases. If a baby girl is born, Rs 1,000 will be given additionally.
The Chief Minister said the State was making serious efforts to provide 24 hours’ uninterrupted quality power to farmers by 2018 kharif.
Iconic Water Supply Scheme
Supply of safe water to the doorstep of the people would be a reality soon with the Mission Bhagiratha programme. By end of this December, river water will reach all the villages putting an end to the drinking water problem in the State once and for all.
He said the State was developing roadways in a big way. Telangana stood first in Ease of Doing Business in the country. The State government had initiated several innovative programmes in the IT sector. Investments and industrial production registered remarkable growth.
Stating that the third phase of Haritha Haram programme aimed at increasing the green cover in the State by planting 230 crore saplings will begin next month, he appealed to people to participate with enthusiasm in the programme.
“We can achieve wonderful results if only we can utilise the human resources available in villages. The government has formulated several schemes to strengthen the rural economy. We are ready with comprehensive plans to develop the agricultural economy which is the backbone of the State, he said.
Mission Kakatiya A Hit
Mission Kakatiya has made a big impact, he said, adding that 46,000 tanks across the State had been taken up for rejuvenation. Comprehensive plans were being implemented for the development of handloom sector. “We have decided to give 50 per cent subsidy on yarn and chemicals and we have ordered that the cloth made from handlooms should be purchased by the government. This programme has given tremendous confidence among the handloom workers,” he said.
The government plans to give Rs 1 lakh to Nayi Brahmins to set up modern saloons in the State. Washermen will be provided modern washing machines and for goldsmiths the government will give financial assistance and tools that they require. The government will also help those who want to switch their professions.