Reconstruction of TS started with Mission Kakatiya and Kaleshwaram project: KCR
By K M Dayashankar
RAJANNA-SIRCILLA: The reconstruction of separate Telangana state has started with the Mission Kakatiya programme of reviving age-old minor irrigation tanks constructed by the Kakatiya rulers to the lifting of river Godavari by taking up the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project (KILP), said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
Incidentally, the Mission Kakatiya programme was coined during the statehood movement about the transformation of rural economy of the Telangana state during the discussions with Telangana ideologues Prof Jayashankar and R Vidyasagar Rao, he said and added that no minor irrigation tanks revived under the Mission Kakatiya programme had breached in spite of state receiving over 135 per cent excess rainfall during the last two years.
The Chief Minister was on a whirlwind tour of Rajanna-Sircilla district to participate in various developmental programmes in and around Sircilla textile town on Sunday. He inaugurated the double bedroom housing complex, international driving school, Nursing college, agriculture marketyard and integrated Collectorate complex. Ministers K Taraka Rama Rao, Prashanth Reddy, S Niranjan Reddy and Puvvada Ajay Kumar, TS Planning board vice chairman B Vinod Kumar and others were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chandrashekhar Rao said they had shown to the world that the Telangana had transformed on all fronts. “We have proved that we can provide 24×7 power supply to the farmers and others and provide irrigation sources to each and every acre in separate Telangana state, which was neglected in the integrated Andhra Pradesh state”, he stated.
The International media had highlighted the lifting of river water from the Kaleshwaram project, he said and added that the Karimnagar district would be a water hub with the availability of water throughout the year. The KLIP had transformed the upland regions of the north Telangana districts, he said and claimed that they had converted the SRSP flood flow canal into a reservoir with the availability of water in the canal.
The reconstruction of Telangana state with the availability of abundant water and 24×7 clean power had transformed the state into the rice bowl of the country with record food grain production. “We have lifted water from the river Godavari from over 500 meters. Similarly, we can transform the Scheduled Castes also and the government had decided to spend at least Rs 45,000 crore in the coming four years period, he stated.
He also announced an increase of stipend to the Nursing college students from Rs 1500 to Rs 5,000 for the first year, Rs 1700 to Rs 6,000 for the second year and Rs 1900 to Rs 7,000 for third-year students. He also announced to sanction of engineering college and a medical college to the Sircilla district in a year.
The Chief Minister also said that they would provide a pension to all the persons who attained the age of 57 years. He also promised to provide an insurance scheme of Rs 5 lakhs for the powerloom weavers on the lines of Rythu bheema insurance scheme for the farmers.