Guv unfurls tricolour first time in TS

  • TS Govt unveils schemes for poor
  • Governor hoists national flag for the first time in TS
  • Starts his speech with Dasarathi’s poem
  • Says govt is corruption-free, transparent
  • Committed to revive economic growth
  • To transform to Bangaru Telangana

Hyderabad, January 26: Governor ESL Narsimhan today unfurled national tricolor to mark 66th Republic Day celebrations for first time in Telangana, 29th State of India, at Parade Grounds here.

Narsimhan, being the Governor of two Telugu States, earlier in the day, unfurled the national flag at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, and flew to Hyderabad to do so and took salute by 12 contingents and reviewed the parade. The Governor started and ended his speech in Telugu and continued the rest in English which lasted 20 minutes.

Starting with Dasarathi’s noted poem “Naa Telangana Koti Rathanala Veena”, the Governor emphasized the need for equal distribution of fruits of development among the poor and needy classes. He said the Telangana Government was trying to offer transparent and accountable governance sans political corruption. With a focus on welfare and development, the government is coming up with investor-friendly industrial policy through a hassle-free regime to transform the backward State into “Bangaru Telangana” and make Hyderabad an international destination. He said State icons like Deer, Blue Jay, Jammi Chettu and Thangedu Flowers reflect the culture and traditions of the region.

Stating that economic growth during 2012-13 year slumped to 4.5 per cent, he said the government is committed to reverse this trend with massive infusion of investments into agriculture, industry and infrastructure to provide food security, employment avenues and trigger revenue buoyancy. To make Telangana a seed bowl of India, a plan is afoot for a tie up with seed companies. The government will give equal priority to Education, health, security and protection using latest technology with surveillance cameras.

To fulfill its promises after achieving statehood, the TRS government involved people and gave impetus on many schemes that would cater to the needs and meet the expectations of the people, Narsimhan noted. He said investors are queuing up to establish industries in Telangana and the government has taken up restoration of tanks through Kakatiya Mission. As part of boosting arts and culture, the TRS government has decided to construct a Shilparamam in Warangal district. Apart from signing power purchase agreements with the neighbouring States, the government has given administration sanction for Nakkalagandi project in Nalgonda district to ensure safe drinking water to the people of the district. Apart from providing fine rice to students in hostels, the government has successfully implemented the farmers’ loan waiver scheme. He also said priorities and plans of the government will usher in a new era of rapid economic growth and simultaneous uplift of weaker sections and vulnerable classes on the development path.

Notwithstanding the initial impediments, the Telangana government unveiled an ambitious development and welfare agenda and the State shall work relentlessly for realization of these goals, he said. The flagship programs like Telangana Water Grid, Lakes Restoration, Harithaharam, pension scheme for the aged, widows, disabled, beedi workers, AIDS victims and others, welfare schemes for minorities, rural development through roads and infrastructure, three-acre land to landless and housing facility to homeless and those in slums, Kalyana Lakshmi, Shadi Mubarak, nutritious food through Anganwadis to girls and lactating mothers and other schemes speak the plan and vision of the government, Narsimhan observed. The Governor called upon the people to become partners in the reconstruction of Telangana into Bangaru Telangana.

Governor’s wife Vimala Narsimhan, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Legislative Council Chairman K. Swamy Goud, Assembly Speaker Madhusudhana Chary, Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy, Deputy chief Ministers Kadiam Srihari, Mahamood Ali and ministers Etela Rajender, Naini Narsimha Reddy, T. Harish Rao, K Taraka Ramarao, T. Padma Rao, C. Lakshma Reddy, MLAs, MLCs, MPs and other VIPs were present. (NSS)

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