No confrontation, only Holistic approach
- KCR to build cordial relations with Modi
- TS to get more thermal plants
- An IIM next year
- HCs of TS & AP from the same premises
- TS govt has no hand in blocking news channels
New Delhi, September 8: Amidst reports of friction and confrontationist attitude of Telangana State government with the Centre, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several union ministers and attempted to establish cordial relations. In his two-day visit to New Delhi, on Saturday and Sunday, KCR gave a message of holistic approach towards the Centre.
KCR brought a wish list to Delhi seeking help from Centre in the development Telangana. Among several issues taken up with PM and union ministers, the recently conducted controversial ‘Comprehensive Household Survey’ by the government of Telangana was a topic of great interest.
While discussing with PM on several issues related to Telangana State, KCR explained about the need of survey and the methodology adopted to achieve all the details about households that too conducted on single day across the ten districts including the metropolitan city of Hyderabad. The PM asked KCR to send him all the details and proforma in digital form. KCR expressed his satisfaction with the results achieved from survey and suggested that the PM could organise the same kind of survey in all States for the effective implementation of welfare schemes.
KCR also referred to the survey in his talks with Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday. The I&B minister expressed his desire of taking this experience as role model for all the States after a detailed study.
While meeting the PM, the Telangana Chief Minister requested to provide ‘special status’ to his State since it is newly formed and eight districts out of the total ten were declared as backward by Planning Commission of India. This was also reflected in development indices in various fields. Unless the Centre provides financial help, the overall development of Telangana will not be up to the mark, KCR explained. He also requested the PM to provide special incentives for industrial development. KCR personally requested PM to attend as chief guest for inaugural session of the three-day International Summit of Mayors to be held at Hyderabad in the second week of October.
Later KCR met Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal and requested to provide additional electricity from the central pool to power-starved Telangana State. He also requested to initiate the commissioning of 4000 MW capacity Thermal Power Plant in Ramagundam-IV plant and to allocate coal blocks for power production, for which Piyush Goyal responded positively and assured to see that the 1320 MW unit starts functioning at the earliest. KCR promised to provide 284 acres of land for this unit. Power Minister also assured to establish Solar Power Park in the backward Mahaboobnagar district with a capacity of 1000 MW on PPP mode with 25% share to local bidders and the remaining to global bidders. He also suggested to KCR to add 1000 MW each year for the next four years to become power surplus state.
While meeting with Union Law Minister Ravisankar Prasad, KCR appealed to create a separate High Court for Andhra Pradesh state so that the existing HC can be allocated to Telangana. Law Minister had enquired about the feasibility of HC of AP in the same premises where the Telangana HC is functioning. KCR explained that already Assembly and Legislative Council of both the States are functioning from the same premises and assured the Law Minister that there won’t be any problem for Telangana State to have two High Courts in the same building.
On Sunday, KCR met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and requested him to implement the Chapter IX and X of AP Reorganisation Act 2014 since the government of AP is demanding a share in Public Sector Units and several research institutions. KCR expressed his desire to keep all these institutions intact with Telangana State since the Act had categorically mentioned it. KCR also explained the Law and Order situation in common capital Hyderabad for the last three months.
Later KCR met Union Forest and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and sought the release of CAMPA funds for the State of Telangana to meet the needs of ‘Haritha Haaram’ (Green Garland), which is aimed at making the 33% of area of Telangana as Green cover. He also requested that the policy may kindly be relaxed to rlease 30% of CAMPA accumulated funds instead of 10% for afforestation in Telangana. Prakash Javadekar responded positively and assured to release funds at the earliest and to issue necessary environmental clearances for NTPC project and other coal-related projects include the prestigious Pranahitha-Chevella project.
While Talking with Javadekar, who is also holding the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, KCR clarified that there is no role of Telangana government in blocking the two Telugu News Channels (TV9 and ABN) in his State, which is on account of a dispute between the managements of these channels and Multiple Satellite Operators (MSOs). It is a fact that these two channels telecasted the views against the sentiments of Telangana people and State government, KCR pointed out. Of course, no one raised voice where Telangana based TV channel (T-News) and News Daily (Namasthe Telangana) were out of reach to people in Andhra Pradesh, which is unfortunate, he added.
KCR requested the Union HRD Minister Smrithi Irani to establish IIM (Indian Institute of Management) in Hyderabad for which the State government will provide suitable land. The minister has promised to setup such an institution in the next academic year by allocating certain funds in union budget and suggested to KCR to pay attention to constructing toilets in girls’ schools and hostels, for which the Centre will give funds to the tune of Rs. 300-800 crores in two installments.
At last with the two-day Delhi tour of KCR, the alleged gap with the NDA-II has been bridged to some extent Center also gave a message to Telangana State that is it keen to have cordial relations with the TS and would adopt a holistic approach for overall development and exchange of cooperation between centre and state.
KCR also met President of India and invited to attend as chief guest for valedictory session of ‘Metropolis’, an international summit of Mayor of various countries.