We will make Hyderabad No. 1 city

Published on May 29, 2015 01:00:02 AM

Blaming the previous governments for not tapping the real potential of Hyderabad, Information Technology and Panchayat Raj Minister K T Rama Rao on Thursday said the goal of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi government was to make Hyderabad the number one IT destination in the country.

Addressing a meet-the-press programme here, the IT minister asserted that the biggest accomplishment of this government was to win the confidence of investors and industrialists. He clarified that job creation was of utmost importance to the TRS government and since the boost to IT sector would bring jobs to the well-educated; at the same time, the government was also working towards attracting investments in the small and medium industries sector.

“While Google’s massive investment will bring jobs to many IT professionals in Telangana, companies such as Micromax will also set up manufacturing units in the city, bringing jobs to the unemployed youth,” he said. Asserting that the TRS government had a comprehensive and clear-cut long-term development strategy, KTR said the government’s industrial policy would be announced on June 12 by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Also, a technology incubator would be started within a fortnight and Union Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was expected to inaugurate the same, he said. “The TRS government is committed to creating a favourable atmosphere for local and global investors. We want investors to know that we are open for business and we will do our best to make it easy for them to conduct business in Telangana,” KTR said.

Stating that the TRS government is on the right track, he said that it was only a matter of time before all objectives are realised. “Our government will accomplish all its goals in the next four years that we have,” the minister claimed. KTR said that the city of Hyderabad is no more just a city; it is a part of five districts, covers 40 per cent of Telangana in terms of administration and has 30 per cent of Telangana’s population. “We are not of the opinion that small towns can be ignored for the development of big cities. But the irrefutable fact is that cities generate income.

All parts and people of Telangana will reap the benefit of Hyderabad’s progress since Hyderabad belongs to Telangana,” he claimed. Doubts concerning the government’s acquisition of OU land were laid to rest when KTR asked media to look at the acquisition in a positive light since it was not for industrial purposes but for helping the poor. “It is only 11 acres and far away from the main campus. This land has been kept unused for decades.

What is the harm if we use it to build houses for the poor? In the past, when 200 acres of prime land from the OU campus was acquired by previous governments, nobody questioned them,” he pointed out, adding that a government that had been given a clear mandate by the people should be trusted for its policies and every step it took could not be questioned.  

When asked about Sonia Gandhi’s role in the formation of Telangana and the TRS government denying her due credit, KTR retorted that Sonia Gandhi did not act as an individual but as a president of a national party. “This party (Congress) practised much hegemony and autocracy in the erstwhile undivided AP, and has ruled people in Telangana and the country without listening to their demands or grievances ever since India’s Independence.

If they (Congress members) want a serious discussion, we are willing to talk. Then we shall see who deserves credit for the formation of Telangana,” he said. He pointed out that the struggle for separation of Telangana went back to the days of post-Independence era; it was not just about the events that happened in the past couple of years.

'Since the beginning, Congress tried its best to kill the fight for Telangana’s separation, and now how can they want to take credit for it?' he questioned, adding that the people of Telangana had credited TRS and not Congress or Sonia Gandhi for achieving statehood to Telangana.