Telangana’s growth projected at 5.35 per cent

HYDERABAD: Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, in his address on the opening day of the budget session of the Telangana State Legislature on Saturday, outlined the vision and achievements of the new state, which he said had begun its journey on a positive and progressive note.

Unveiling the achievements of the Government, the Governor said several programmes had been formulated for the welfare of the people with a special focus on the disadvantaged sections of the society, keeping in view the long term growth and development needs of the state.

The Governor pointed out that despite facing several challenges after formation of Telangana, such as inadequate staff and non-availability of senior officers including those from All India Services, considerable progress has been made on various fronts. He projected the state’s GSDP growth for 2015-16 at 5.345 percent.

Emphasis on welfare of weaker sections

Mr. Narasimhan said the government was laying special emphasis on the welfare of SCs, STs,  BCs, minorities and the poor as well as on the inclusive development of all sections of society. As promised, the government was taking appropriate measures to recognize Kaithi Lambadas and Valmiki-Boyas as STs. Similarly, the work of reconstituting Lambada ‘thandas’ and Adivasi ‘gudems’ (hamlets) as Gram Panchayats was in progress.

Establishment of a tribal university in the state was under way, he said and added that the government proposing an outlay of Rs.50,000 crore for the comprehensive development of SCs over the next five years. The Governor said the state government was committed to giving 12 percent quota it had promised for STs. It would spend Rs.25,000 crore on Backward Classes over the next five years.

The Kalyana Laxmi scheme of giving financial assistance to benefit girls in SC, ST and minority families at the time of their weddings was well under way. The Arogya Laxmi scheme to provide nutritious meals to lactating women was also launched. The Government employees of Telangana State were granted 43 percent fitment.

Plans were afoot to increase green cover from 25.16 percent to 33 percent of the State’s totals geographical area. About one lakh acres of irrigation potential was proposed to be created in each of the 117 Assembly constituencies. He also referred to the Government’s Mission Kakatiya for restoring minor irrigation tanks and the water grid to provide safe drinking water to every household.

The Government was committed to overcome power shortage and provide quality and reliable power to all categories of  consumers. Necessary steps had been taken to bridge the deficit by way of short-term, medium-term and long-term procurement of power, new capacity additions, purchase of power from neighboring states and fro the Central pool. It was proposed to add 6000 MW over the next three years to make the state self sufficient, he added. (NSS)

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