Hyderabad: Telangana has become the first state in the country with the highest per capita electricity consumption. "Telangana, which had experienced power woes 7 years ago, is now the leader in the country. I am proud to say that today Telangana is the number one state in per capita consumption of electricity in the country," Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said addressing a function at Palamuru district.
He said there is no match or competition for Telangana in the implementation of welfare schemes. "The Telangana state's budget outlay has increased to Rs 2.50 lakh crore from Rs 60,000 crore in just seven years. The state has grown to the level of spending up to Rs 2.10 lakh crore," he said.
Sharing his experiences of the Telangana movement, he said those days, there used to be a small forest in Nawabet Mandal near Ammavari Temple. KCR said he and Professor Jayashankarused to discuss dying trees in the drought-prone district.
During padayatra from Alampur Jogulamba to Gadwal also, KCR said he saw the suffering of people which brought tears to his eyes. "Seeing the condition of the people in Nadigadda, my friend Niranjan Reddy and me broke down. The whole village also wept that day. Today Palamuru is very prosperous. On the recent visit to participate in the program of Gadwal MLA Krishnamohan Reddy's father, I was very happy to see harvesters who are harvesting crops and farmers selling grains in fields. We are moving forward to achieve excellent progress," he said.
He asked officers to serve people because nothing is permanent in this world. "No one is permanent including Chief Minister, Ministers, Secretaries, and other officials and people representatives. No one stays in power permanently. We should render service to people that give us the most satisfaction. Job satisfaction is the only thing that remains etched to memory," he said.
He said PV Narasimha Rao was born in Telangana and became Prime Minister. "During his days as the Education Minister, PV himself took the initiative of opening 'Sarvail' residential schools which contributed to the progress. Mahender Reddy has also risen to the level of DGP because of Sarvail School. Taking inspiration from PV, the government has set up one thousand Gurukula schools across Telangana. Be it tribals, dalits, minorities, or BCs, the government has set up residential schools in such a way that they are accessible to all communities. Some residential colleges have been set up in the first phase. There is a need to increase the number of institutions," he said.
CM KCR also highlighted the 'Kanti Velugu' scheme. "It was found that 127 people including 27 children, were suffering from eye ailments in a small adopted village in Gajwel. Teachers at school and parents at home were beating those children since they did not study. To get out of such a pathetic situation, the government introduced the Kanti Velugu program and not for petty politics," he said. KCR instructed district collectors and officials to make the second phase of Kanti Velugu a grand success.
CM said that 'KCR Kits' was launched keeping in mind the poor women of Telangana state. "Poor girls continue to work even after pregnancy. A study was conducted on working pregnant women and their newborn babies. The objective of KCR kits is to encourage institutional delivery and provide financial assistance to pregnant women. To raise the self-esteem of poor pregnant women, the government compensates them for their wage loss as a social responsibility. `Amma Odi' vehicles have been introduced to increase institutional deliveries," he said.