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CM KCR reaches out to NRIs

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday called upon the NRI community living across the globe to play the role of brand ambassadors for Telangana State and be partners in its development.

Speaking at a dinner hosted for NRIs from 42 countries who are in the city to participate in the World Telugu Conference, the Chief Minister said they should involve themselves in the development of the State.

He recalled how China emerged stronger after non-resident Chinese participated in large numbers in the economic development of the country consequent to economic reforms. “The Telangana NRIs should emulate the Chinese and invest in the development of the State,” he said.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the State was shaping up exactly the way it was envisaged during the statehood movement. “With growth rate pegged at 17.8 per cent, Telangana State is already a top performer in the country. By 2024, the State’s budget will touch Rs 5 lakh crore as per projections of economists,” he said.

Rapid development

The State is on the path of rapid development following the implementation of flagship programmes like Mission Kakatiya, Mission Bhagiratha, among others, Chandrashekhar Rao said, adding that Rs 40,000 crore was being spent on implementation of innovative welfare schemes like Kalyana Lakshmi, double bedroom housing scheme and KCR Kits.

Pointing out that the law and order situation in the State was exemplary, the Chief Minister said this had resulted in a very conducive and cordial atmosphere in the State. “The State government is giving permission to new industrial units within 15 days as part of the new industrial policy,” he said.

The government’s constant endeavour is to attract investment from across the world by showcasing the various positive aspects of the State. “As Telangana ‘biddas,’ you have to shoulder the responsibility of doing your bit for the State’s development,” he said, adding that under undivided Andhra Pradesh, Telangana was completely neglected.

“We were backward on all fronts. The very existence of the region was in question, and the past glory of Telangana was undermined,” he said, adding the language, dialect and culture were often humiliated. “Against this backdrop, we were forced to take up the fight for separate statehood. We were questioned on our demand by the high and mighty in the government as also other political parties,” he said. “We were always looked upon as people from Andhra, when we had our own identity,” he said.

Total discrimination

Though 70 per cent of the revenue was generated in Telangana in undivided Andhra Pradesh, successive governments spent only 10 to 15 per cent on Telangana, he observed, stating that these facts were brought out by Prof Jayashankar and economist Hanumantha Rao who dug into the archives from 1956.

Telangana could not make use of even 200 TMC of water even though it was entitled to a share of 1,350 TMC, the Chief Minister said. “There was serious discrimination in appointments too. Even in films, Telangana people were projected as jokers,” he said.

The Chief Minister explained at length to the visiting NRIs about the various initiatives launched by the government in power, irrigation, drinking water, industrial and agriculture sectors.

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