Amidst ruckus and chaos created by protesting Congress and BJP members during the opening day of the joint session of the Telangana Assembly and Council on Monday, Governor ESL Narasimhan in his address asserted that the initiatives taken by the State Government in various fields had a significant impact in fulfilling the aspirations of all sections of people and had become a role model for the entire country.

The opening day of the budget session of the State Legislature began on a stormy note with the Congress in particular vociferously protesting over the “government’s failure” in protesting the interests of the farmers and other sections of the people.

Unfazed by the noisy scenes, the Governor continued his address and declared that Telangana state had won several accolades for its initiatives and acclaimed at both national and international levels. He said major initiatives of the government include construction of number of major and medium irrigation projects to bring waters of Krishna and Godavari rivers to the fields of farmers, high priority for the completion of Kaleshwaram project, rejuvenation of tanks under Mission Kakatiya, providing piped drinking water to each house hold under Mission Bhagiratha, improving the power situation, enactment of SC Special Development Fund and ST Special Development Act for earmarking funds for the development of these marginalized sections, among others. 

”These welfare schemes ensured overcoming several challenges faced by the government and helped in bridging the critical development deficit faced by the state over decades”, he observed.

The Governor further observed with the proactive measures taken by the government, the state has been witnessing impressive economic growth since its formation. The average annual growth of Gross State Domestic Product of the Telangana region in the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh, in the two years preceding the formation at four percent was much lower than the all India growth rate of 5.9 percent. The situation reversed after the formation of Telangana State as it clocked an average annual growth of 8.6 percent of GSDP in the three-year period of 2014-15 to 2016-17, which is much higher than the national average of 7.5 percent. The Per-capita income of Telangana is estimated at Rs.1.54 lakh during 2016-17 as against the national per-capita income of Rs.1.03 lakh, he observed.

Nasrsimhan also highlighted various initiatives taken by the state government in various fields like agriculture and power sectors as a result of which the food grain production has achieved a record of 101.29 lakh tones during 2016-17 and supply of 24 hours quality power free of cost to about 23 lakh agriculture pump sets and lift irrigation schemes. Telangana is the only state in the country to achieve this distinction in power sector to end the distress of farmers”, he added.

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