IT and Industries Minister KTR spoke at the Indian American Diaspora Meet and Greet program in San Jose, USA.
During the program, Minister KTR launched the ‘Mana Ooru – Mana Badi’ portal. He appealed to the diaspora to become a part of the Mana Ooru – Mana Badi initiative by contributing through the portal (https://manaoorumanabadinri.telangana.gov.in/). He stated that the Telangana Government is massively upgrading the educational infrastructure in the State. “Come, become a part of Telangana’s Government’s novel initiative to strengthen the education sector in the State,” he added.
Under the Mana Ooru Mana Badi programme, the Telangana Government is developing 26,000 government schools across the State with a budget of more than Rs.7,200 Crores.
“Seven years ago, right here, in this same room, I had introduced the newborn state of Telangana. Today, I feel happy and proud to introduce ‘Triumphant Telangana’ to you all,” said Minister KTR.
The Minister highlighted the development that took place in Telangana State since its formation in 2014.
Minister KTR stated that when the state was formed, Telangana’s per capita income was one lakh twenty-four thousand rupees. And today it rose by 130% and reached two lakh seventy-eight thousand rupees in a span of seven years. He added that GSDP was 4.9 lakh crore rupees in 2014. And today it is 11.54 lakh crore rupees.
“India has 28 states. Telangana is the 11th largest state geographically and 12th largest as per population. But according to the Reserve Bank of India, Telangana today has emerged as the 4th largest contributor to India’s economic growth. Today, Telangana supports the backward states in the country and continues to grow at a breakneck speed,” Minister KTR said.
The Minister requested the diaspora to come forward and invest in Telangana. He explained about the IT Ecosystem developed in Hyderabad. He also highlighted the Growth In Dispersion (GRID) policy and stated that the Telangana Govt. is developing IT infrastructure in the north and eastern parts of the city. The Minister also stated that the Telangana Government is promoting IT in Tier 2 cities to reduce the burden on Hyderabad city.
Minister KTR highlighted the TS-iPASS policy and stated that the Telangana Govt is providing approvals within 15 days. “We have given out more than 19,000 clearances and raised more than Rs 2.3 lakh crore investment and created more than 1.6 million direct job potential in the region through TS-iPASS until now,” he added.
Minister KTR mentioned how Telangana Govt resolved the long-pending power supply issue in the State. He highlighted that the installed power capacity had doubled in the past seven years. The Minister stated that 15% of the power comes from renewable sources and Telangana is an environmentally conscious state. He added that the installed solar capacity has increased from 40 megawatts to 5000 megawatts. He added that 24/7 free power is being given to farmers, the uninterrupted quality power supply is being given to industries. Very few states in India can claim something like this, he said.
Every single household in Telangana today has a portable drinking water connection. This is the result of the visionary leadership of CM KCR. Minister KTR highlighted that Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project was constructed within record time and is providing water for irrigation for lakhs of acres in the state. We have surpassed Punjab in crop production. We are the granary of India, he said.
On the health care front, Telangana had only three medical colleges. But in the last seven years, Telangana Govt has set up 10 new medical colleges in the State taking the number up to 13. He also stated that 20 more medical colleges will be set up soon.
By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao