Rural, Urban Face of Telangana to Get Facelift

The rural and urban face of Telangana is all set to get a facelift as the state government’s panchayat raj and IT departments have taken up key initiatives to give thrust to the development in the new state. Panchayat raj department has taken up the ambitious programme of Water Grid aiming to provide 100 litres per person per day.

With an estimated cost of `27,000 crore, the project would provide potable drinking water to every household in the state. For this, the government will lay 1.26 lakh km pipelines across the state.

Another mega programme planned by the department is ‘Grama Jyothi’. Under the programme, villages themselves will chart out their developmental works according to their needs for the next four years by holding grama sabhas. The grama sabhas are organised to elicit the views of all stakeholders in the village to prepare an action plan for release of funds for development needs. Action plans of villages are compiled at the district-level and would be sent to state-level authorities for the release of necessary funds. Accordingly, each village would receive funds to the tune of `6 to `10 crore in four years. In all, the government has earmarked `25,000 towards the scheme.

With an aim to convert the state into open defecation-free by 2019, the department has launched another scheme to build toilets for all households. The government will utilise Swachh Bharath funds for the purpose.

The state government has grand plans to launch e-panchayats soon. The programme is aimed at taking e-governance facilities to grass-root level, wherein these centres will act as one-stop shop for various governance facilities. In the first phase, the government will soon launch the programme in 2,400 gram panchayats.

IT Department: After the brand Hyderabad took a beating, the last one year of conducive atmosphere in the city gave the IT sector the much-needed push putting it on resurgence path. With IT minister KT Rama Rao leading from the front, several major initiatives were taken up in the last one year.

One of the major initiatives of the department is the launch of the Telangana Academy for Skills and Knowledge (TASK) that aims to act as bridge between graduates and employers in the sector. Under the programme, renowned IT professionals will visit engineering colleges to impart necessary skills to students. On the completion of their studies, the students would be absorbed into IT companies.

To give thrust to start ups in the city, the department will launch T-Hub which will act as an incubation facility for budding entrepreneurs. Touted as the India’s largest such facility, with a built up area of 300,000 sq.ft, it will provide aspiring entrepreneurs the necessary facilities to market their products. The department has also got grand plans to set up a T-Hub branch at Silicon Valley in US.

In the last one year, the department has ramped its revenue by an additional ` 10,000 crore and created 50,000 jobs. Some of the other achievements include De Shaw & Co deciding to invest $200 million in Hyderabad, Google to open its biggest campus outside the US in Hyderabad and Amazon choosing Telangana to set up its largest fulfilment centre in India.

Another grand plan of the department is to make Hyderabad a fully WiFi-enabled city by the end of 2015. In its first phase, the government has launched Wi-Fi facilities around Hussainsagar and at Charminar in the city.

Source: The New Indian Express

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