By: Fatima Hasan
The 7th Telangana Formation Day was observed on a low-key due to the lockdown and only flag-hoisting programme was taken up and there were no big celebrations anywhere in the State as Corona virus overshadowed the event.
Yet, the report card of the State’s six eventful years gives the bifurcated State a full five stars and excellent grades.
Every now and then, we see in the media the boasts of Telangana being the first State in the entire country for certain schemes and initiatives and also the first to follow the cue of the Centre.
The six-year-old State is also being appreciated for first-of-its kind Kaleshwaram project. It is high time now that we access the ground reality and rate the state performance and its development on all fronts.
In healthcare, the State has achieved tremendous success in increasing institutional deliveries through schemes like KCR Kits, besides launching innovative programmes like Kanti Velugu to remove the darkness from the lives of the people, particularly the rural poor.
On the education front, the CM has made Telangana the first in the country to introduce residential schools for Backward Classes and Minorities.
In the Power Sector, the State achieved highest per capita consumption in the country by augmenting its capacity to 13,168 megawatts. The State provides 24/7 power supply to the farm and all other sectors.
Agriculture sector saw higher crop yields and increase in cultivation. The supportive schemes such as Rythu Bandhu , Rythu Bima, farm loan waiver and procurement of produce have all proved to be farmer-friendly.
In the irrigation field, Kaleshwaram and Palamuru-Rangareddy and other lift irrigation projects are implemented to interlink the new projects with the existing reservoirs and dams. Tanks are being revived under Mission Kakatiya programme.
Mission Bhagiratha provides safe and pure drinking water to every habitation on daily basis.
Telangana has flourished after Bengaluru in the entire country as the best IT Hub —— Hyderabad. It also has W- hub (Women’s IT hub).
In the industry sector, the CM’s brainchild TS-i-Pass accords permission for the industry within 15 days and it has encouraged more industries to come to the State.
The government has brought in many administrative changes and new acts in urban and rural areas to bring administration closer to the people like the Panchayat Act, the Municipal Act and new Revenue Act etc. The increased number of districts and mandals have helped the State in creating more employment opportunities besides ensuring effective governance.
If things go as planned, Telangana’s first Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao can also be patted for handling the economic slowdown and Coronavirus pandemic in an effective way. The assurance of the Chief Minister to the migrant workers in the city has come as a big boon for them with the administration swinging into action and distributing 12 kgs rice and Rs 500 per head. He has also appealed to the owners of houses not to take rents from their tenants as the businesses were shut down during the lockdown.
The State has also been observing the lockdown and tackling the crisis in an effective manner since the Day 1. In this tough situation, the State has been showing resilience and helping the people facing brunt of the lockdown. (eom)