Model Telangana villages for the nation: KTR

Published: Updated on – 8:30 p.m., Wed – 15 Jun 22

Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development, KT Rama Rao addressing the rally after the inauguration of the gram panchayat building in Mustabad mandal on Wednesday.

Rajanna Sircilla: Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development, KT Rama Rao, said the villages in Telangana have become a model for the country with various development programs undertaken under palle pragathi and other schemes.

Out of the top 20 villages in the country announced by the central government, 19 are from Telangana State. It was a classic example of how villages in the state are progressing along the path of development, the minister said while attending the Palle Pragathi program held on Wednesday at Venkatraopalli of Mustabad mandal.

To change the face of the villages, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao set up the Palle Pragathi programme. Apart from drinking water facilities, tractors, carts, cemeteries, nurseries, palle prakruthivanams, roads, drainages and other basic facilities have been provided in rural areas under the program, a said Rama Rao.

The minister informed that development and welfare programs are advancing rapidly in the state. Telangana was the only state to provide free 24-hour power supply to the agricultural sector. In 75 years of independence, no government had thought of providing drinking water to every home. However, the Telangana government materialized it through the Mission Bhagiratha program.

Wonders have been created in the irrigation sector with the construction of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project, Rama Rao informed and added that the parched lands have turned into green fields with the completion of the project. While Rs 50,000 crore has been spent annually on extending financial support to farmers under the Rythu Bandhu scheme, Rs 10,000 crore has been allocated to Aasara pensions.

To provide a platform for farmers to exchange opinions and get advice from agricultural scientists, 2,600 Rythu Vedhikas were built across the state within six months. Apart from social protection schemes, top priority has also been given to providing jobs to unemployed youths, the minister said, adding that the government is also encouraging young entrepreneurs under the TS-iPASS.

Rebecca R. Santistevan