Center doesn’t trust state governments: KCR
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao lamented that it is unjustifiable for the central government to interfere in state functions.
He made the observation in the context of the Center not taking state governments into confidence in releasing funds to the villages. “The Center has exhibited its cheap tactics from the reign of Rajiv Gandhi to the current regime of releasing funds directly to villages without trusting state governments,” he told a meeting of ministers. , collectors, presidents of Zilla Parishad, senior officials, mayors. , municipal presidents and municipal commissioners to discuss the government’s Palle and Pattana Pragathi programmes, which were originally scheduled to start on May 20 but postponed to June 3 at Wednesday’s meeting.
“The Centre’s position to lead Jawahar Rozgar Yojana, Prime Minister’s Sadak Yojana and Delhi’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme was not acceptable as only state governments were aware of local issues. It was not even fair for the Center to send the daily wages of Delhi MNREGS workers. The Center was oblivious to people’s basic issues like drinking water, electricity, health and education, but tinkered with states’ responsibilities,” he added.
He also said the ongoing development in Telangana was a painstaking effort following the “ruining” of the state by previous regimes. The government was working hard to rebuild systems that had fallen victim to destruction in the past.
Mr Rao, who discussed a wide range of issues, said a central area of focus for the state government would be to strengthen the public health system. The government was building six multi-super specialty hospitals with a capacity of 10,000 beds. The largest of them with 24 floors and housing 38 departments went up to Warangal. Hyderabad hospitals at Alwal, Sanathnagar, Gaddiannaram and Gachibowli will have 2,000 beds.
There will be 57,000 oxygen beds in public and private sector hospitals. About 550 tons of oxygen per day would be generated in the state.
Telangana was the first state to introduce the concept of green funds to the outside world by building a corpus with contributions ranging from ₹100 to ₹500 per month collected from elected officials and civil servants. Green funds were also collected through admissions to educational institutions and vehicle registration. Ten percent of gram panchayat funds were mandatorily earmarked for the improvement of the green belt.
He asked the collectors to supply water to the cremation grounds in the villages of the Mission Bhagiratha program in 10 days. Urban parks are expected to be built in the state taking the Mahabubnagar Park built on 2,098 acres as a model. The status of villages free of open defecation must be achieved within fifteen days. The government will even buy rain-soaked paddy as part of ongoing village procurement, he added.