US-based NRIs to fund water treatment plants in Telangana

IT minister K.T. Rama Rao has been able to generate a lot of interest among US-based NRIs of the state. They have come forward to fund crucial projects like facilities at panchayati raj offices, schools and public urinals.

NRIs are also showing interest in adopting 20 flouride affected villages in Nagonda district and will bear the cost of constructing water treatment plants. NRIs have requested the minister to start a dedicated website for the purpose.

Meanwhile, on Day 9 of his US tour, the minister met bigwigs from the electronics industry in America. He met Applied Materials Company senior officials including Chief Technology officer, Omkar Nallaalla, and invited them to come to Telangana.

“The minister also met officials from New Enterprise Associates and urged them to participate in initiatives like the T-Hub. The group also suggested to the minister that drone technology should be used to understand agriculture better. The association will invest 300 mn dollars in India and 2 out of 3 investments will be in Telangana,” as per a statement from the minister’s office.

The minister also held a video conference from California with officials of the IT department and held a review of various projects. He said that currently no country has a drinking water project like the one being planned by Telangana.

The Rural Water Supply Department of Telangana has sent a detailed project report to Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) for the drinking water project. The government also plans to provide Internet to every household. This project will enable villagers to come on par with others on many aspects and with the help of increased technology based knowledge they will be better equipped to tackle the impact of globalisation.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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