A stupendous zoom to the top of the charts in ‘Ease of Doing Business,’ Chief Minister repeatedly claiming the prime spot in popularity surveys and a State that is reckoned as among the best in being farmer-friendly – all of them pan-India – can best be described as a fairytale beginning for the country’s youngest State. Telangana State, born on June 2, 2014, following bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, has in just two years, emerged as a trend-setter. None of the achievements came on a platter for the Telangana Rashtra Samithi government, nor are they cooked up assessments based on fudged facts and figures as the Opposition would like everyone to believe. Behind the almost unbelievable climb to the top of the EoDB index (from 13th position in 2015) lie tonnes of man-hours spent on meticulous planning, reshaping policies and simplifying procedures to make the State investor-friendly. The EoDB index is a serious data-backed exercise undertaken by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) based on 340 parameters pertaining to industrial reforms that make setting up of businesses transparent, easy and attractive. And to emerge as the numero uno among 29 States is no mean achievement. While on the topic of achievements, let us not forget that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has topped the popularity charts in the country in the past two years. This again is not a matter of fluff but based on surveys carried out by reputed national television channels or agencies. Another recent feather that the government added to its cap is the emergence of the State on the top 10 ‘farmer-friendly’ list. It won’t be long before the State pushes its way up the ladder in this area of economic activity too, given the various initiatives it has launched for sustained development and prosperity of the farming community.
That the TRS government would not rest on the laurels of the many achievements was made clear by Industries and IT Minister KT Rama Rao at a media briefing where he set out newer and tougher targets to ensure that the State does not slip from the position of preeminence it had achieved. The minister did not shy away from stating that the success so far was also due to the untiring efforts of officials, underlying the importance of bureaucracy and team work. Against this backdrop, the Opposition continues to live in a fantasy world dreaming of capturing power in 2019 making ridiculous promises like not shaving their beard till they occupy the Secretariat. These lines are fine for the whistling crowds in cinema theatres but what the people of Telangana expect of the Opposition are policy alternatives to match those of the TRS government, which believes in walking the talk.