NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted the people of Telangana and congratulated state’s first chief minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao, assuring him of full support of Central government in taking the newborn state to heights of progress.
In his post on the Twitter, Modi said Telangana was born after years of struggle and sacrifices and his government respected them.
“We welcome Telangana as our 29th state. Telangana will add strength to our development journey in the coming years. My best wishes to people for the state’s development journey.”
Sources said the central government was examining the possibility of launching power projects in Telangana to meet the power demand. An official said they discussed coal procurement from Singareni Collieries for the proposed projects. The company is jointly owned by the Telangana and central governments.
It is also looking into distribution of all-India service officers which is yet to be finalised. Sources confirmed that a lot of issues were still pending.
“The government is also working on ways of giving additional financial assistance to both Telangana and Seemandhra to establish schools and training centres. As far infrastructure in Telangana is concerned, the central government is examining national highways and rail projects as promised by the UPA government,” the sources added.
The UPA cabinet had promised that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) would improve road connectivity in the backward districts of Telangana. It had also assured a rail coach factory and enhancing rail connectivity. The Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) will submit a feasibility report on setting up an integrated steel plant in Khammam district. A six-month deadline was given by the cabinet for submission of report.