Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today claimed that Telangana is a rich state and will become richer in future through focus on welfare and development.
Giving his reply on the much awaited budget of Rs 1.74 lakh cr in the Assembly, the leader of the House said, “Because of being rich, we increased the marriage incentive amount from Rs 75,116 to Rs 1,00,116 recently. Though some leaders ridiculed the scheme when it was planned, they are now puzzled at the successful implementation of the Kalyana Lakshmi and Shadi Mubarak, he claimed. “No such comments against the welfare will deter our efforts for the all-round development of the State”, KCR said.
“Corruption has come down as the scheme was transparent and will provide financial succor to the deserving poor families across the State”, he said. The MLAs concerned were entrusted the job of finalizing the Kalyana Lakshmi and Shadi Mubarak amounts to the poor families to perform marriage of their girl children”, the Chief Minister said. KCR said he was happy to launch the marriage scheme as lakhs of poor families in Telangana State were able to benefit and relieve from the loans.
SC, ST, BC and Minorities are benefiting through the scheme which has brought down corruption significantly. Several states are replicating such programs of welfare, he said adding that welfare is key and development of state is real development of the nation, he said. KCR also said that Telangana per capita income is more than that of the country. He said that while national per capita income was put at 1,12,764 during last fiscal of 2017-18, Telangana surpassed it by pegging at 1,75,534 he said. When GDP of the nation was 13 per cent in 2013-14, the state GSDP was at 12.4 per cent.
However, during 2017-18 fiscal the GDP was put at 9.8 per cent and Telangana registered its GSDP at 14.81 per cent KCR announced. Similarly farm growth rate at national level was 4 per cent, industrial growth rate – 0.8 per cent during 2013-14 and Telangana registered them 4 per cent and 5 per cent respectively. (NSS)