Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao seems to be way ahead of his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Nara Chandrababu Naidu in the matters of governance as he has taken several key decisions in almost all the sectors.
Sworn in on June 2, almost a week ahead of Naidu, KCR had a head start and he did not waste it. Besides taking decisions pertaining to the development of 10 districts that form Telangana, he has set up a “Special Chasing Cell” in his office to speed up investment with “zero corruption”. The cell will also function as a “single window clearance system” for potential investors.
Rao has also asked the officials to reacquire the unused land which was allotted by the previous government for setting up of various projects. He directed the officials to identify lands that are not suitable for agricultural purposes so that they could be allocated for new industries that will generate employment. The name APIIC (AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation) will now be changed to TPIIC.
He has already cleared Telangana Textile Park to be set up in Warangal and Sicilia of Karimnagar district, which will be developed on the lines of Tirupur in Tamil Nadu.
KCR is mulling over a new Industrial policy and will soon call for a broad-based meeting with industrialists, representatives of CII, FICCI. “The Chief Minister suggested that deficiencies in provision of infrastructure facilities should be identified and addressed.
He also suggested that the single-window clearance system for industrial clearances should be made easy and rules and regulations should be framed accordingly,” a release from the Chief Minister’s Office said.
Also, to steal a march on AP in the Information Technology (IT) sector, the Telangana government is planning to set up Technology Development Bank (TDB) to fund new projects in both software and hardware.
Telangana IT minister K T Rama Rao has already declared his intention to transform Hyderabad into a Wi-Fi city. Telangana will set up two advanced electronics manufacturing clusters on 700 acre in Maheshwaram mandal on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Rao said he had invited a consortium of software companies to adopt engineering colleges in Telangana to produce industry-ready professional. “Very soon, Telangana will have the largest incubation centre at its IIT for budding entrepreneurs,” he said.
On the social front, KCR has made clear that he would go ahead with the 12 per cent reservation each in education and jobs to tribals and minorities.