Hyderabad: Addressing the Republic Day Celebrations after unfurling the national flag at Parade Grounds, he said the State was playing an active role in nation-building.
The past four-and-a-half years have provided a brilliant and wonderful start to the road to progress. The first government formed under the leadership of K Chandrashekhar Rao has taken the reconstruction process in all the sectors in a big and innovative way.
While giving a strong leadership on one side, he said, Rao has also provided political stability in the State. It helped the State make rapid strides in development and achieve all-round success.
He said the State government, which returned to office for the second time with an astounding victory, will rededicate itself to all-round development of the State.
He said welfare programmes are being implemented at a whopping Rs 40,000 crore per year. Governance can well be termed the ‘Golden era’ for welfare, he said.
As promised, the government will reduce the age limit for old age pension to 57 years. Similarly, the pension amount will be doubled.
Mission Bhagiratha is at the completion stage. There is a steep increase in the agriculture output, thanks to the 24-hour-uninterrupted power supply and better irrigation facilities. The Rythu Bandhu scheme has not only found its place in the national agenda but also won appreciation from none other than the United Nations itself.
The rectification and updation of land records were done in a successful manner. Under the programme ownership of 94% of lands’ was determined and new passbooks were issued to farmers. The land registration process will soon go online and be more transparent with the launch of Dharani website.
Hailing the turnaround achieved in the power sector, he recalled that when the State was formed, Telangana had a deficit of 2,700 Mw. Now the government is supplying 24-hour-uninterrupted power to all the sectors. New power plants are being set up on fast track to make the State a power surplus one.
As many as 542 residential schools were started to give quality education to students belonging to SC,ST, BC and Minorities. He announced that one BC residential school per Assembly constituency will be started from the next academic year.
To put an end to unwanted and unnecessary surgeries and to increase deliveries at government hospitals, the KCR Kits scheme was introduced. Similarly, Kanti Velugu aimed at creating awareness among the people on health and eye related issues. Very soon, medical camps in all the villages will be conducted to detect any ENT problems.
Works are progressing on 2.72 lakh two-bedroom houses. As promised, the government will extend financial support of Rs 5-6 lakh to the poor who wish to construct two-bedroom houses on their own house sites.
After the formation of the State, in the first four years, the average growth rate was 17.17 per cent. In the current financial year till November, it registered a growth rate of 29.93 per cent and stood first in the country.