Telangana government today announced a raft of measures to be taken by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao govt envisaging a Rs one lakh crore spend for the welfare of farmers, minorities and poorer sections, even as it laid out a road map for industrial development of the state and transforming Hyderabad into a world class city during its tenure.
The government said it is determined to extend Rs 10 lakh monetary assistance to bereaved families of those who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Telangana.
Addressing the maiden historic session of both Houses of the State of Telangana, Governor E S L Narasimhan said as an initial measure to reduce debt burden and to bring fresh hope and vigour, a waiver of crop loan up to Rs one lakh to each farmer would be implemented.
Noting that his Government believes that development at the cost of welfare would have little meaning and lakhs of families are still living below the poverty line and millions of children are unable to access good education, Narasimhan said, "It is precisely for this reason that my Government has decided to lay particular emphasis on the welfare of SCs, STs, BCs, minorities and the poor among other sections of society by spending one lakh crore rupees in the coming five years."
In the address, which largely reflected the promises made by the ruling TRS in its election manifesto, the Governor said up to 12 per cent reservation in respect of education and government employment would be provided for tribals who constitute a sizable proportion of the state's population, and added that it is also committed to give to 12 per cent reservation to minorities.
"We are going to provide an unprecedented annual allocation of Rs 1,000 crore budget for the welfare of minorities," Narasimhan said.
"We will take appropriate steps for preservation of Urdu language," he said.
Stating that Telangana would formulate 'the best industrial policy' which would give the required boost to the economy, the Governor said a model system of 'single window clearance' would be put in place.
"A Special Chasing Cell (SCC) will be attached to Chief Minister's office to give speedy clearances to the upcoming projects with zero corruption and no harassment to potential investors," he said.
The government would strive to make Hyderabad 'Clean-Green -Pollution free' and a slum-free urban conglomerate by establishing planned satellite townships as per their specific master plans which would accommodate those poorer sections and migrants, Narasimhan said.
"To make it a delight for any international traveller and for local residents, facilities like expressways, rapid mass transport systems, domestic airports are planned to be undertaken strictly as per a visionary plan, prepared in consultation with international agencies, incorporating the best of most livable cities of the world such as Melbourne, Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto etc."
In order to make Hyderabad a safe zone and an attractive investment destination, law and order would be the top priority for the Government, the Governor assured.
There would be constant surveillance with a network of CCTV cameras and other advanced gadgets covering the entire urban agglomeration to make it a safe city "on the lines of London and New York."
Keeping in mind the large number of women employees working in Hyderabad, particularly in IT sector, special focus on tight security and maintenance of law and order would be the priority of the Government, which would work hard to make the city "a safe haven" for working women, round the clock.
Noting that Telangana contributes to one-third of the country's pharma production, the Government said to keep up this growth and further boost it, the government wishes to promote a pharma city as one of the satellite townships which would have government-run effluent treatment services to have complete pollution management.
Employees, journos, lawyers get their "due" from T-govt
Good news was in store for government employees, journalists and lawyers today as Telangana government acknowledged their role in separate statehood movement and rebuilding it going forward.
A special Telangana increment would be extended to all government employees, along with health cards, Governor E S L Narasimhan said in his address to the maiden historic session of both Houses of the State of Telangana, which came into being on June two.
Stating that the government would like to have an employee-friendly governance, he said he is confident that this (increment and healthcard) would motivate employees to be public-friendly to rebuild Telangana.
A welfare fund would be constituted with a corpus of Rs ten crore for journalists whose role in achieving Telangana state was immense, Narasimhan said.
"A welfare fund with a corpus of Rs 100 crore would be set up for welfare of lawyers as they stood like a rock during the movement for the formation of Telangana state."
In the address, which largely reflected the ruling TRS’ pre-election manifesto, the Governor also said autorickshaws plying in Telangana state would be exempted from tax and accident insurance would be extended to them as well as workers in construction sector.
Physically handicapped would get a monthly pension of Rs 1,500.
"As a special care towards the welfare of poor, the meek and the weak, we will introduce a monthly pension of Rs 1000 to the aged," Narasimhan said as he listed the government’s priorities and programmes.
"Even destitute women would get a monthly pension of Rs 1,000. Beedi workers facing financial distress would be paid an allowance of Rs 1000 per month."
Telangana govt plans to set up tribal, horticulture varsities
The Telangana government plans to establish tribal and horticulture universities, cotton and silk hub, and pursue with the Railway Ministry to set up a coach factory in Kazipet.
As per the AP Reorganisation Act, a tribal university would be established at the earliest, Governor E S L Narasimhan said in his address to the maiden session of both Houses of Telangana state, which came into being on June 2.
"We are aware that there is demand from tribals of plain areas for sanctioning an ITDA (Integrated Tribal Development Agency) for them. We will examine this and take appropriate steps soon," Narasimhan said.
The government would like to establish a cotton and silk hub in Warangal and Sircilla on the lines of Tirupur in Tamil Nadu which would transform these towns into thriving textile industrial centres.
"An industrial corridor will be promoted between Hyderabad and Warangal to boost employment opportunities," he said.
We will pursue with the Railway ministry to set up a rail coach factory at Kazipet as mentioned in the 13th schedule of the state Reorganisation Act, he said.
The government would set up a sugarcane research centre in Nizamabad and a turmeric research centre in Mothe, Nizamabad district.
A horticulture university would also be set up to strengthen the agriculture sector.
The government is committed to provide compulsory and free education from KG to PG with CBSE syllabus in English medium to all needy students.
The Governor said as agricultural scientists have found the agro-climate of Telangana best suited for producing high-quality seeds, steps would be taken to encourage farmers to produce seeds of high quality so as to transform the state into 'Seed bowl of India'.
Keeping in view the spirit of democratic government, Narasimhan said the government would like to constitute a state advisory council, drawing its expertise from the civil society.
"Moreover, intellectuals, media representatives, voluntary organisations, social activists, various professionals and others will be a part of this State Advisory Council," the Governor added.