Let States Have Own Land Laws, Says KCR

Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has appealed to the Centre to give states a free hand to follow their own land laws.

The chief minister said, “In a federal system, it would be difficult for states to meet the demands of the society, if the Centre imposes an act on the states. Put it out of your clutch.”

He made these observations at an interactive session with industry representatives ahead of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Council meet, here Wednesday. The CM spoke at length on a range of issues from industries to urban development to agriculture during the interactive session.
Hassle-free Ind Clearance

Promising that setting up industries in Telangana would be a hassle-free experience to investors, Rao said a principal secretary was specially appointed in his office, to track the developments with regard to industrial clearances on a daily basis.

“I am personally following the process very keenly and cautiously. The special officer for the purpose, in the CMO, keeps me informed everyday about the current position of industrial clearances,” he said. He said he has so far personally handed 36 clearances to investors thus far with in a few days.

T Hub in a Month

Stating that government was enthusiastic about giving a fillip to entrepreneurship and new start-ups, Rao said the Telangana Incubation Centre would be operational within a month.

Commonly known as ‘T Hub’, it was launched in January by IT Minister KT Rama Rao at IIIT-Hyderabad. “We are really concerned about entrepreneurship and start ups. We will come out with a broad policy soon,” he added.

TS to be Seed Bowl of Country

Reiterating that the weather in Telangana was conducive for the state to become the ‘seed bowl of the country,’ the CM said his government would provide a major fillip to seed companies and food processing industry.

“Telangana will, in years to come, flourish on the agriculture front,” the CM exuded confidence.

He said the government would take steps to expand the number of seed companies from the current 542 in the State. Further, he said farmers raising Himayath Pasand mango variety would be given subsidy.

New Policy for HMDA on the Anvil

Expressing dissatisfaction over the functioning of the HMDA, Rao said the ‘zoning’ system under the HMDA purview needed a complete re-look.

He said a new policy would be unveiled for HMDA soon. The new policy would suggest the appropriate places in HMDA region to set up clusters for different industries like hotels, tourism industries among others, the CM added.

Big Role for Private Players

Considering the infrastructural needs of the state, Rao said the government had planned infrastructure projects worth `21,000 crore in and around Hyderabad. Tenders have been invited for ` 4,000 crore worth projects, and private players would play a bigger role on the front, the CM said.

Source: The New Indian Express

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