Telangana IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao spoke on the progress achieved by the Telangana government since the inception of the state in 2014, the development model that was in place, and other subjects at the “Meet and Greet” programme organised by the Indian diaspora in Zurich on Sunday, 15 January, ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos.
Indians living in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Norway, and other countries attended the gathering.
Giving a peek into development, KTR said that paddy production was at 68 lakh tonnes and procurement by the government was 24 lakh tonnes in 2014. And in 2022, the production and procurement grew to 3.5 crore tonnes and over two crore tonnes respectively.
IT exports out of Telangana grew from ₹57,000 crore in 2014 to ₹1.83 lakh crore in 2022, per capita income of Telangana grew from ₹1.24 lakh to ₹2.78 lakh in the same period, while the national average is ₹1.49 lakh, an official press release said on Monday, 16 January.
Speaking about the progress achieved in the villages, KTR said that now every village has a nursery, vaikunta dhamam (a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu), and 10 percent of the Gram Panchayat budget is earmarked as green budget, and the government has provided a tractor and a tanker for every gram panchayat in the state.
Minister @KTRTRS addressed the Indian Diaspora at a 'Meet and Greet' event in Zurich. In his speech, highlighting the achievements of Telangana Govt. in the past eight years, the Minister urged the Indian diaspora to join hands with the Govt. for the State to progress further. pic.twitter.com/wvKoCuCROq
— Minister for IT, Industries, MA & UD, Telangana (@MinisterKTR) January 16, 2023
‘State is taking care of people’
KTR said that the needs of farmers were taken care of by providing free power around the clock, high-quality seeds, fertilisers and pesticides.
He also pointed to schemes like Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bhima, and Rythu Vedikas.
He said that Palle Pragathi (a rural inclusion scheme) was a role model and that the needs of people in villages were thoroughly thought through by Chief Minister KCR, which no other chief minister or Prime Minister did.
The minister said that five revolutions are unfolding in Telangana: The pink revolution (meat), the yellow revolution (oil palm), the blue revolution (inland fisheries), the white revolution (milk), and the green revolution (crops).
KTR placed three requests before the NRIs. He asked them to be the state’s goodwill ambassador, participate in government programmes like Mana Ooru – Mana Badi, and promote Telangana and India.
Urging them to be part of the state’s growth story, KTR assured them of complete support even if anyone wants to make small investments in the state and create jobs.