HYDERABAD: Terming the agreement reached between Telangana and Maharashtra states on Godavari water sharing as historic, governor ESL Narasimhan has said the pragmatic vision and statesmanship evinced by the government is laudable and a model to other states to emulate.
Narasimhan made this remark while addressing the joint session of both Houses of State Legislature on Thursday on the first day of the budget session.
During his 23-minute brief speech, the governor highlighted the success stories of the TRS government.
“My government has successfully resolved the inter-state issues on sharing of Godavari river water with Maharashtra by signing a historic agreement. In the context of bitter and protracted disputes on sharing of inter-state river waters, the pragmatic vision and statesmanship evinced by my government is indeed laudable and a model for other states to emulate. This augurs well for optimising the use of water resources to harness it for the prosperity of all in the state.”
At the outset, the governor said: “Over the past 21 months, I have seen the strength, resilience and commitment of my government to address the needs of the people of Telangana”.
Narasimhan said the economy of the state was expected to grow at 11.7 per cent in 2015-16 as per the advance estimates of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) as against the projected national growth rate of 8.6 per cent. “Telangana’s GSDP was estimated to be Rs 5.83 lakh crore in 2015-16 at current prices which marks an important milestone in the growth of the state economy,” he said.
“Although the primary sector involving agriculture and allied activities is likely to register a meagre growth rate of 0.8 per cent due to the adverse seasonal conditions in 2015-16, the secondary sector involving industries and manufacturing is likely to grow at 8.3 percent and the services sector at 14.9 percent over the previous year,” he said.
The per capita income of the state at current prices is likely to increase to Rs 1,43,023 from Rs 1,29,182 in 2014-15 as compared to the national per capita income of Rs 93,231.
Narasimhan said a high-level delegation led by health minister C.Laxma Reddy visited Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka recently to study the public health care system there. “The government proposes to initiate sweeping reforms to revamp the public health care sector in the state,” he declared.
“In the past six decades not a single new hospital has been set up in the state capital despite tremendous increase in the number of patients. To remedy the situation, the government intends to start four new super-speciality hospitals at different locations in Hyderabad.”
The governor said very soon four topmost IT companies of the world would set up large development centres outside the USA in Hyderabad.
Other Highlights of Governor’s Address
- Govt aims at 15 pc GSDP growth rate in 2016-17 to make Telangana the number one state in the country.
- Infant mortality rate (IMR) reduced from 39 to 28 per 1,000 live births.
- Govt to enhance gross irrigated area up to one crore acres in phases in the shortest possible time.
- Water to the fields of every farmer.
- All arrangements in place for supply of 9 hours of power for agriculture.
- The total installed power capacity in next three years will be 23,912 MW.
- Financial closure to the tune of Rs 91,500 crore already achieved by Genco.
- Crime rate in Hyderabad reduced by 14 pc in 2015.