Assuring that his government would be people-friendly, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said that people's welfare and development will be top on the agenda.
In his maiden speech as the Chief Minster after inspecting the parade at the Parade Grounds, here Monday, Rao promised to make Telangana as the Seed Bowl of India and Hyderabad a slum free international city.
He said the long cherished dream of Telangana people for having their own state had finally realised, thanks to the relentless struggle of every Telanganite and sacrifices of Telangana Martyrs. ''People have high expectations from the State Government and we will make every effort to fulfil all those aspirations.
Development will be people centric. It will be transparent and corruption free,'' he said.
CM said to ensure expected progress, it is essential to uproot political corruption and his government will not spare anyone who indulges in corruption. Hailing the role of employees in Telangana movement, he announced Telangana Special Increment to them on the occasion of Telangana Formation. '' State Government
employees will be paid salaries on par with Central Government employees. Modern facilities will be provided in the office for better results,'' he said promising amendments to the service regulations. He assured PRC and the Health Cards will be given to them at the earliest.
Giving a broad picture of what his government intends to do, Rao said his government will have people's welfare as its primary agenda and their implementation will be in a transparent and corrupt free manner. ''Dalits, tribals, BCs, minorities were denied opportunities all these years, that need to be changed. I will personnely ensure that the welfare schemes meant for them are effectively implemented. In next five years, a total Rs 1 lakh crore will be spent for their welfare. Out of which Rs 50,000 crore will be for Dalits alonde. To ensure that no irregularities happen. all those welfare departments will be with Chief Minister only,'' he said.
He said as promised during run-up to elections, Rs 1000 as pension for the aged and widows and Rs 1,500 for the disabled will be provided at the earliest. Likewise, Rs 1000 pension assured for the Beedi workers too will be given soon. He said there is every need for the BCs to have a good pucca houses to lead a
respectable life. ''As promised houses with two bed rooms, one hall and kitchen along with bathroom in 125 Sq yards will be constructed for the economically backward,'' he said.
CM said his government wants people to guide the government in right direction and in that regard People's Committees will be setup. Similarly, editors of the newspapers, channels, subject experts will be roped in for Advisory Council, which will advise the Telangana Government over formulation of Government schemes and review their implementations.
Reiterating that welfare of the farmers will be the foremost on the State Govenrment's agenda, he said as announced agriculture loans upto Rs 1 lakh will be waived at the earliest. Emphasising the need for facilitating modern methods and technology to farmers for better prospects, he said his government will improve the research programmes in agriculture universities.
Rao said, agriculture scientists across the world feel that there are two regions in the world that are best for growing seeds, one is Arizona in USA and other Telangana in India. ''Telangana is the best and all the 10 districts are conducive for growing seeds. We intend to make Telangana the Seed Bowl of India,'' he said. Chief Minister also emphasised the need for promoting Green House Technology and said there will be pilot project in 1000 acres in all district with a subsidy of 75 percent.
Stating that he intends to keep his promise to irrigate one lakh acres in every constituency in Telangana, Rao said measures to that effect will be take shortly. He said Pharama and Poultry are two sectors that are doing extremely well in Telangana and his government intends to make them even better. Emphasing on the need for encouraging real estate in Hyderabad which provides jobs to more than 20 lakh, he said necessary measures in that regard.
Underlining the importance of investments and industrialisation for financial stability and economic progress of the new State, he said his government shortly will announce the best industrial policy in the country. He said for faster clearance single window system will be setup, which will be attached to CM's office.
''For attracting investments and setting up industries, power situation needs to be improved. It is sad but true that Telangana is a power deficit state. However, we intend to make the state power surplus in next three years,'' he said.
Making his intentions clear to protest the brand image of Hyderabad and further enhance it, Rao said they intends to make Hyderabad slum-free and develop it as an international city with most advanced infrastructure and facilities. ''However, to make it happen, Law and Order is important. There will not be any
compromise on maintaining law and orders. We will not let crime against women like acid attacks to happen and will act tough against anti-social elements. Hyderabad will have world class vigilance system with about 10000 CCTV cameras to monitor every inch of the city,'' he said.
Emphasing the need for police to be people friendly, Rao announced special police medal on the occasion of Telangana formation. He also said his government intends to bring different police departments like civil, AR, special etc under single umbrella, as such system exists nowhere else. He also assured to fill the
vaccancies in the department at the earliest, while promising weekly holiday for police personnel. ''Police to function effectively, mobility is of utmost importance. Unfortunately, there are old and condemned vehicles in use. We intend to procure as many modern vehicles as required for effective policing. Traffic police are subjected to health risks while discharging their duties, hence there will be special medical allowances for them,'' he said and added that anomlies in police department will be dealt with.
Stating that Hyderabad will become a global city as ITIR has been sanctioned to it and many global companies showing interest to setup their shops here, CM underlined the need for better law and order to make it happen. ''For all this to happen, people's cooperation is most essential,'' he said and concluded his speech by assuring cordial relations with central government and neighbouring states.