The Third Telangana State Formation Day was celebrated with pomp and gaiety in all the districts of the state braving the heat wave conditions.
The main official function was held at the Secunderabad Parade Grounds where Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao participated. The Chief Secretary, DGP and many other senior officials and party leaders attended the function.
Before reaching the Parade Grounds, the Chief Minister paid floral tributes at the Martyrs memorial in Gun Park. Later, he reached the Parade Grounds where he was received by the senior officials. After hoisting the national flag, the Chief Minister, accompanied by DGP Anurag Sharma, inspected the parade comprising Special Armed Police from various districts, City Armed Reserve Police, Special Protection Force, Prohibition and Excise personnel, Home Guards, Mounted Police and so on. A special attraction in the parade was Haryana State Pipe Band. Later the Chief Minister took the salute of the march-past.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister highlighted the achievements of the TRS Government during the last three years and also the task before it to ensure that the benefits from the formation of the new State reach all sections of the people, especially the poor and downtrodden sections. Asserting that within three years of formation of the new State it had achieved economic growth of 17.82 per cent, the Chief Minister said it would be the endeavor his government to ensure that the benefits of the economic growth would reach all sections of the people. He said the Telangana region had suffered immensely on all fronts under the united Andhra Pradesh State. Now the new State of Telangana was marching ahead with various developmental and welfare programs being taken up by the State government, he observed. The Chief Minister said his government has achieved in ensuring no power cuts even during the summer months. Now it is the endeavor of the government to see that even the farming sector would get 24-hour power supply during summer season, he added.
Referring to other welfare schemes like Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya, the Chief Minister said his government was striving to ensure that people all over the State would get drinking water in their houses by the year end. He said the Rs 1,000 financial assistance to single women and also KCR kit of providing financial assistance to the tune of Rs 12,000 to pregnant women would commence from today.
The Chief Minister said apart from waiving farm loans to the tune of Rs 17,000 crore, the government was planning various welfare measures for the farmers like building 22.5 lakh ton capacity godowns, creation of crop colonies, formation of farmers’ societies at mandal level and so on. All these programs are intended to ensure that farmers get minimum support price for their produce, he explained.
Asserting that the State government was committed to complete all the irrigation projects in the State, the Chief Minister said unfortunately some inimical forces were trying to create hurdles in this regard. Despite this, the government would go ahead and ensure that all the projects are completed for which an annual allocation of Rs 25,000 crore was being made. He also explained about the plans in encouraging caste-based professions.
Earlier, the Chief Minister felicitated eminent persons from various fields. He also presented the Police medals to the awardees. (NSS)