Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday said that orders have been issued to waive crop loans up to Rs one lakh as promised during the elections. Delivering the Independence Day speech at Golconda Fort here, the Chief Minister said as per the promise made during the elections, investment support for agriculture financial assistance under Rythu Bandhu was enhanced from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per acre per year. Rythu Bima programme, the life insurance scheme for farmers in the State is unique in the country.

Chandrashekhar Rao also said as part of overall administrative reforms and improving delivery of government services to the people, the Government has already enacted new Panchayat Raj and Municipal Acts.

He announced that a new Revenue Act will be introduced in the upcoming Budget Session of the Assembly. The proposed Act will eliminate corruption and will not allow any room for laxity.

Chandrasekhar Rao said archaic and obsolete Revenue Acts have inflicted immense damage to farmers and the people. “We have to undo these damages. The government is engaged in preparing a new revenue Act. Let me share good news with you that in the coming Budget session of the Assembly, the new Revenue Act will be introduced,” he said.

The government, he said, believes that that good governance is possible through administrative reforms. Several existing Acts are not sufficient to offer good governance and eliminate corruption. This was the reason why the Government enacted a New Panchayat Raj Act and a New Municipality Act.

“Along with the new Revenue Act that is in the pipeline, I am sure there will be clean, tidy villages and towns with lots of greenery. The new Revenue Act is being prepared to offer hassle-free services to people and farmers,” he said.

The Chief Minister also stressed on the urgent need to improve cleanliness and increase tree cover across the state. In this regards, he spoke in some detail about the proposed 60-day action plan for villages and towns. The Government, the Chief Minister said, is preparing the plan to introduce a new approach and has decided to release funds from the Finance Commission grants before the commencement of the 60-day action programme to the local bodies.

One of the focus areas of the plan is to remove possible health hazards through improving cleanliness in all villages and towns. The first phase of the programme is aimed at improving the sanitation in the villages and towns with the participation of people. “We all know that cleanliness is next to godliness and god manifests only where there is cleanliness. After this programme, every village and town should be clean, have organized garbage removal and disposal methods. Unhygienic conditions affect the poor the most,” he said.

On the economic front, the Chief Minister said Economic Development, the Chief Minister said prudent and practical fiscal policies of the State Government over the past five years have resulted in the State’s wealth which was about Rs 4 lakh crore at the time of formation of Telangana State, now stood at Rs 8.66 lakh crore.

“This is an indicator of economic growth of the State,” the Chief Minister said.

Declaring that the State was enjoying a steady economic and financial growth, he said this was made possible because of financial discipline, eliminating corruption, that contributed to the Government taking timely and speedy decisions. According to a report announced by the Central Government, In the 2018-19 Financial Year, our State was figured among the top states in Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) with 14.84 per cent growth rate, he said.

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