By: N. Rahul
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has asked bureaucrats of Telangana to pull down artificial walls of administration created by departments in government and urged them to deliver services in one tone.
Inaugurating the two-day Collectors’ conference here on Friday, Mr. Rao reminded the senior officials that they worked in different departments for administrative convenience. But, government was one umbrella organisation which was expected to work in a single tone.
The departmentalisation isolated people because they felt government was inaccessible owing to different layers of administration. This was the major reason for people coming in conflict with the Government, he said and advised them to involve people in participatory development.
Laying down the priorities of Government, Mr. Rao asked Collectors to adopt “out of the box” methods in land acquisition for industrial development. They must stabilise land bank which was crucial for investments.
On the power front, Mr. Rao said that the Telangana Government had belied all expectations that the State was headed for dark days after bifurcation. It gave uninterrupted supply even to agriculture.
Impressed by the position, a delegation of the MRF told him on Thursday that the industry was pleased and waiting to invest more in the State. The country’s largest Ultra Mega Power Project was coming up at Damaracherla in Nalgonda District where land acquisition had already begun.
The Chief Minister said that the Government had taken the water grid programme as a challenge as all advanced nations had given priority to safe drinking water as a medium of development. He also said that the State was endowed with immense potential to store water in its minor irrigation sources, a fact recognised by Bachawat tribunal as far back as in 1974.
They had a storage capacity of 265 tmc ft to irrigate 15 lakh acres. But, the storage dwindled due to neglect by successive governments and encroachments. The conference was also attended by Superintendents of Police, Ministers and Secretaries in the Secretariat.
Source: The Hindu