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T’gana minister lays foundation stone for Gokaldas apparel factory

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Gokaldas Images, which is one of India’s first readymade garment exporters, will set up a 500-machine stitching unit at the Sircilla Apparel Park in Telangana.

The unit will manufacture men’s and women’s inner garments. The agreement for the same was signed between the government of Telangana and Gokaldas Images in April 2021.

State Minister for Information Technology and Industries, K.T. Rama Rao, laid the foundation stone for Gokaldas Images’ apparel factory on Friday.

The Sircilla facility will be the first unit of Gokaldas Images in Telangana and will provide employment to more than 1,000 local persons, majority of them being women.

Speaking at the occasion, Rama Rao stated that the Telangana government has given top priority to the welfare of the weavers community in the state.

He added that the Sircilla Apparel Park, which is coming up with international standards, will create more than 10,000 employment opportunities in the region, out of which majority will go to women.

The Sircilla Apparel Park is the state government’s special initiative to introduce modern best practices in industry, benchmarked to export standards.

The project will encourage the Sircilla textile cluster to generate higher value addition through finished garments for exports and create more jobs for the locals.

Rama Rao said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will soon launch Neethanna Beema, an insurance scheme for the weavers on the lines of the Rythu Beema scheme for farmers.

Gokaldas Images Managing Director Sumir Hinduja, Handlooms & Textiles Director Shailaja Ramaiyer, and TSIIC MD Narasimha Reddy participated in the programme.

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Telangana moots Taiwan-specific industrial cluster

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Telangana’s Industries and Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Wednesday mooted the idea of first Taiwan specific industrial cluster in India to attract more investments from Taiwan.

He offered this during a meeting with team from Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC) Chennai, headed by Director General, Ben Wang here.

“We can jointly work with industry and trade organisations of Taiwan to help set up the first Taiwan Specific industrial cluster in India. This would help bring more Taiwanese investments into the state,” said Rama Rao.

Economic and trade cooperation between Telangana and Taipei were discussed during the meeting.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, spoke about Telangana’s unique TS-iPASS Bill which bestows upon the investor the right to get time bound clearances to start their businesses. The delegation was presented with the recently-launched Pink Book and the minister explained the various measures adopted by the government to improve the ease of doing business in the state.

Wang appreciated the various steps initiated by Telangana to improve the ease of doing business in the state and congratulated the state for being amongst the best in the country.

He assured the minister of continued support and said that they would help facilitate a virtual event with important organisations in Taiwan in electronics, EV and other tech domains which would be followed by a physical event in Taipei when the travel restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic are relaxed.

State Principal Secretary ITE&C, Industries and Commerce Jayesh Ranjan appreciate the team’s gesture of undertaking travel in such a restrictive post pandemic environment.

“Apart from actively working on economic and trade fronts, we would also work on improving cultural ties and try to initiate some student exchange programmes between the universities in Taipei and the universities in Telangana. The startup ecosystem of Telangana with institutions like T-Hub and T-Works can also look for collaborations with companies in Taipei,” he added.

The joint delegation of TECC, TAITRA and Invest India was first received by Director Electronics, EV and ESS, Sujai Karampuri who took them through a presentation on Telangana’s business friendly policies. The team from Invest India facilitated the meeting between TECC and the state government.

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Telangana releases investors’ guide

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Telangana’s Information Technology, Industries and Commerce Minister K.T Rama Rao on Tuesday released the Pink Book, an investor’s guide to Telangana.

The investor’s guide 2021 gives an overall view of the opportunities Telangana offers to investors and also sheds light on the amenities and infrastructure in the state. The Pink Book also lists out the activities undertaken by important departments.

“Telangana has always aimed to feature amongst the best states in India in Ease of doing business (EoDB), Pink Book is a comprehensive document that lists out sectoral policies of the state and also lists out important governmental contact details. I’m sure it will help the investors take an informed decision on their future investment plans and also enhance Ease of Doing Business in state,” Rama Rao said.

Also present at the launch were Tourism and Culture Minister V. Srinivas Goud, Principal Secretary ITE&C, I&C Jayesh Ranjan, Director Electronics, EV & ESS, Sujai Karampuri and other officials from the Electronics wing.

“It is not just the incentives offered by states that the investors look out for, but also convenience of operations and factors like continuous power supply, access to resources and talent pool that play a bigger role,” said Ranjan.

“EoDB can only improve when procedures are streamlined and made convenient. Towards this, the Pink Book would equip investors with information they need about the state. We will keep updating this document every year,” he added.

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Ramoji praises KTR to the skies, what’s up?

Media baron and Eenadu group founder Ch Ramoji Rao showered praises on TRS working president and IT minister K.T.Rama Rao.

Ramoji has written a letter to KTR on Friday to wish him on his 45th birthday. KTR’s birthday falls on July 24 (tomorrow).

In his letter, Ramajo wished KTR to achieve greater success in his public life and lead the country in the future.

The letter has special words of appreciation for KTR. Ramoji hailed KTR’s unique leadership skills and his great oratory skills.

He also termed KTR as a good human being by keeping himself available to people all the time through social media platforms and other means, swiftly reacts to people’s problems and redress them quickly.

Ramoji stated that every father wants their children to achieve more than him and looking at the way KTR is taking Telangana State forward in all spheres, he strongly feels that KTR’s father and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao would be more than happy with KTR’s performance which is in line with the aspirations of KCR to make Telangana a leading state in the country. Ramoji said KCR is most lucky to have a son like KTR.

Ramoji further said that there is no one in the country at present who could match KTR in achieving the desired tasks.

However, Ramoji’s letter triggered speculations in political and media circles. This is because though KCR and KTR came to power in Telangana seven years ago and KTR is celebrating his seventh birthday as a minister, Ramoji never written a letter either praising him or wishing him on his birthday.

This triggered talk that Ramoji too is learnt to be believing that KTR would become CM of Telangana State anytime and he is trying to maintain Eenadu group’s good relations with KTR from now itself.

The land allotment for developing Ramoji Spiritual City adjacent to Ramoji Film City is pending with KCR’s government since 2015 and Ramoji’s letter triggered speculations that he wants to get land allotment at the earliest by getting closer to TRS government bosses.

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TRS own media ignores KTR’s request on birthday!

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KTR has been repeatedly requesting TRS leaders and cadre for the last three days not to waste money on issuing advertisements in media to greet him on his birthday or put up hoardings, flexies or waste money on flowers, bouquets etc.

KTR requested them to instead use that money to help poor and needy.

But TRS own media Namasthe Telangana and Telangana Today newspapers ignored KTR’s request and carried full page advertisements wishing happy birthday issued by few TRS leaders and ministers, today itself, a day in advance. The ads say one day to go for KTR’s birthday.

Why did TRS media accept those advertisements in the first place? They would have rejected and set an example for others and asked those who issued advertisements to spend that money to help poor as desired by KTR.

Seeing these ads in TRS own media a day in advance, will not other TRS leaders compete with each other in issuing ads in all newspapers tomorrow on the occasion of KTR’s birthday?

KTR today made another request to party leaders and cadre not to come to Hyderabad tomorrow to wish him but instead help people in their respective districts affected by heavy rains during the past three days. Will they listen to KTR at least now?

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KTR to donate 100 custom vehicles to disabled on birthday

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Telangana IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Thursday said he will donate 100 custom vehicles to people with disabilities as part of ‘Gift a Smile’ initiative on his birthday.

“This year too, I decided that the best way to celebrate is to #GiftASmile in personal capacity to 100 differently-abled with custom made vehicles,” said Rao whose birthday is on Saturday.

He started this initiative in 2020, attracting many other legislators to join forces with him.

“Last year on the eve of my birthday, I had personally donated six ambulances and our TRS MLAs and MPs joined in taking the total number to 90!” the minister noted.

This year, MLC Naveen Rao came forward to donate 100 vehicles and MLCs Shambipur Raju and Pochampally Srinivas Reddy pledged to donate 60 vehicles each.

Puvvada Ajay and MLA Balka Suman also promised 50 vehicles each while Gadari Kishore pledged to offer 20 tricycles.

Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy, MLAs Kalvakuntla Vidyasagar Rao, Saidi Reddy Shanampudi, Jeevan Reddy and a few others also have come forward to donate the custom-made vehicles under the initiative.

Meanwhile, Rao requested his fans and supporters not to splurge money on bouquets, cakes and hoardings, and instead plant a sapling or help someone in need.

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KTR asks Defence Minister to reopen closed roads in Secunderabad

Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K.T. Rama Rao has urged Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to give directions to local military authorities of the Secunderabad Cantonment Board for restraint in unauthorised blockage of roads.

In a letter to the Defence Minister, he said the blockage of roads is affecting millions of citizens dwelling in north and north-eastern parts of Hyderabad.

KTR, as the state minister is popularly known, raised the issue of closure of Army Ordnance Corps roads. This is the latest in a series of letters written to the Defence Ministry requesting their intervention in resolving the long-pending issue.

“In an arbitrary and unauthorised manner, the local authorities are frequently resorting to the closure of these roads, resulting in untold misery to large sections of people as they have to take detours to commute daily,” he wrote.

He said that in July, local military authorities had shut down four important roads – Allahabad Gate, Gough Road, Wellington Road, and Ordnance Road, citing a surge in Covid-19 cases.

“It is distressing to note these roads are closed often for reasons bordering on frivolity. The state had taken up all required necessary measures to contain Covid including lockdown in May/June, and seeing the improvement, the lockdown was eased and, surprisingly, roads are now closed for aforesaid reasons,” said KTR.

He pointed out that no public roads can be closed by local military authorities/any authority other than a Cantonment Board, and without following the procedure laid down under Section 258 of the Cantonment Act.

KTR also highlighted the fact that Defence Ministry, in September 2018, reviewed the matter of the closure of roads and superseding all above orders or anything contained therein, insisted on the absolute necessity to follow the procedure prescribed under Section 258 of the Cantonment Act, and has directed that no public road in the cantonment shall be closed by the local authority/board without following the due process as set out thereunder.

“By blatantly defying all SOPs, guidelines, and instruction of MoD, the continued closure of roads and in fact, LMA adding more roads to such closures is regretful, and disappointing. Apart from it leading to innumerable sufferings to millions of people, the LMA is almost disobeying and neglecting its own SOP and guidelines,” he wrote.

He urged Rajnath Singh to pass necessary instructions to the local military authorities in Hyderabad to immediately open all these roads and further restrain them from taking any unilateral and arbitrary decision for closure of any of the public roads without following the due process, as contemplated under Section 258.

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KTR feels Revanth’s heat, convenes emergency party meet!

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It’s not even three weeks since the Congress high command announced the name of firebrand leader A Revanth Reddy as new TPCC chief on June 26 and its only a week since Revanth took charge as TPCC chief on July 7, but the ruling TRS in Telangana seems to be already feeling the heat of Revanth Reddy.

This became evident after TRS working president KT Rama Rao convened an emergency meeting of all key state-level TRS leaders including party’s general secretaries at Telangana Bhavan today (Wednesday) to discuss party’s strategy on how to counter Revanth’s aggression in Telangana.

KTR is already countering Revanth’s criticism on KCR and TRS every day by taking part in some programme or the other at Telangana Bhavan.

The fact that KTR is visiting Telangana Bhavan every day since he was appointed as TRS working president in December 2018 and keeping himself available for TRS leaders and cadre itself shows the impact of Revanth’s appointment as TPCC chief has created on TRS and KTR.

Though KTR promised to visit Telangana Bhavan every day and interact with party leaders and cadre in December 2018, he never followed it as the need did not arise since TRS was stronger and there was no trace of any opposition in Telangana all these days.

But now the political situation has completely changed in Telangana after Revanth came as TPCC chief. Several leaders from TRS and BJP who are upset in TRS are planning to join Congress and work under Revanth’s leadership with a hope that Congress will come to power in Telangana in 2023 December Assembly polls and Revanth will give them better opportunities in Congress government.

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KTR moots exclusive zone for Singapore companies in Telangana

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Telangana Industry and Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Tuesday said if Singapore companies evinced interest in investing in Telangana, the state government would set up an exclusive zone or Singapore hub.

He mooted the idea during a meeting with a delegation from Singapore headed by its High Commissioner to India, Simon Wong.

Wong welcomed the idea and said they would definitely consider this proposal positively.

He said that when he was working in Vietnam, a similar initiative was taken up to draw investments and has been successfully operational since then.

The High Commissioner said Telangana offers several investment opportunities in new sectors, and told the minister that he will help brief Singapore companies and investors about these opportunities.

He also told the minister that he received positive feedback about the business climate in Telangana from companies like DBS who have invested here. He said Singapore companies were keen to invest in information technology, innovation and emerging areas like blockchain.

He noted that T-Hub and other such initiatives are driving conducive atmosphere in IT ecosystem and innovations in Hyderabad.

Rama Rao stated that Telangana government’s friendly industrial policies have helped attract major global companies to the state. He added that many Singapore-based firms have already established their units here and are positive about the state’s ecosystem.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, told the High Commissioner that ever since the formation of Telangana, the government’s “investor-friendly policies, TSiPASS singe-window clearance and other steps have helped Telangana attract international investors”.

Citing the investment opportunities that exist in Telangana, he pointed out that for centuries, Hyderabad has been developing with a cosmopolitan culture. Companies from various states in the country and from various countries in the world have their presence in Hyderabad for a long time.

The minister claimed that Telangana is not only competing with other states in the country but is also competing in attracting investments from around the world.

He said the state offer tremendous investment opportunities in sectors like life sciences, pharma, information technology, textiles, food processing, and agriculture.

The minister felicitated the Singapore delegation, including Singapore Consul General in Chennai Pong Kok Tian.

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Why is KTR hiding behind Harish Rao in Huzurabad?

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Huzurabad bye-elections is by far the biggest test of strength for the ruling TRS. The challenger Eatala Rajender is someone who knows how the TRS plans and performs. He knows the TRS tactics inside out. And more importantly, he has remedies for everything that the TRS does to win the elections.

No wonder, the TRS has already deployed several ministers and has given each MLA responsibility of handling one mandal. Every day, scores of meetings are happening and the TRS biggies are meeting every influencer. KCR himself is working out strategies to defeat Eatala Rajender in Huzurabad bye-elections. More importantly, he has asked his nephew Harish Rao to supervise the TRS election campaign. Harish Rao has been staying put in Huzurabad to coordinate the party’s campaign.

But, the most interesting aspect is where is KTR. Though he is the working president of the party, KTR is nowhere to be seen in Huzurabad. As a working president, he has the responsibility to ensure a TRS victory in Huzurabad. However, the responsibility is left to Harish Rao and not to KTR. He has not toured the constituency after Eatala has resigned from the TRS. The battle front has been left to Harish Rao.

Interestingly, Harish Rao has always been limited to undivided Medak district. Even in the GHMC elections, he was not allowed to campaign in other parts of the GHMC. He was limited to the three or four divisions that come under the former Medak district. Such Harish Rao has been asked to work out strategies in Huzurabad. Though KTR represents Karimnagar district in the assembly, he has not been seen in Huzurabad assembly constituency ever since Eatala has resigned from the assembly.

One wonders why this is happening. What is the game plan behind this? Has KCR put forward Harish Rao to ensure that he fights his best buddy Eatala? Is KTR not being brought forward just because Eatala will raise the issue of KTR’s chief ministerial ambition? Let’s wait for the answers as the story unfolds.

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Kitex Group CMD discusses Rs 3,500 cr project with Telangana minister

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After alleging that he was “kicked out” of Kerala, garment major Kitex Group Chairman and Managing Director Sabu M. Jacob on Friday met Telangana’s Industry Minister K. T. Rama Rao here and discussed his proposal to invest Rs 3,500 crore which he had originally proposed for Kerala.

A delegation from Kitex Group led by Jacob had a meeting with Rama Rao and senior officials.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, gave an overview of the progressive industrial policies of Telangana and availability of required resources for textiles sector.

Principal Secretary, Industries, Jayesh Ranjan, Commissioner of Handlooms and Textiles, Shailaja Ramaiyer, Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (TSIICL) MD Narsimha Reddy and senior officials from Industries Department also participated in the meeting.

Jacob and a five-member team reached Hyderabad by a special flight sent by the Telangana government for discussions on Rs 3,500 crore project which they abandoned in Kerala. Before the arrival in Hyderabad, he said they already had one round of discussions with the Telangana minister, who offered them all the support.

KTR reportedly invited Kitex Group to set up their plant at the Kakatiya Mega Textile Park coming up at Warangal.

Kitex started looking at Telangana and other states for investment following its standoff with the Kerala government. The company management alleged that they were treated like criminals by the state government.

Before leaving for Hyderabad, Jacob told reporters at Cochin airport that he was “not abandoning Kerala but he was kicked out”. He claimed that he received calls from Chief Ministers and Industry Ministers from nine states.

He slammed the Kerala government’s policies, saying the state was still 50 years behind.

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KTR urges Centre to support MSME sector

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Telangana’s Industry and Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao has urged Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to support the MSME sector in the state, reeling under the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.

“While the incidence of Covid is declining sharply in the country and the chances of a modest economic recovery may be possible towards Q4 of the year, the MSME sector still requires support.

“Looking at the seriousness of loss of business and declining revenues of the MSMEs, it will be justified if the loans availed by the MSMEs are given a moratorium till March 31st, 2022 without any accrual of interest during the moratorium period,” wrote KTR, as the minister is popularly known, in a letter to Sitharaman.

He stated that this support will provide a big relief to the MSMEs and can help them get back to normalcy.

KTR highlighted that Hyderabad and surrounding districts are major hubs for manufacturing for the past five decades with a predominance of MSME industries. But due to pandemic-induced restrictions and disruptions since last year, the MSMEs have been badly affected, he said.

“Though the Government of Telangana did not put any restrictions on industrial activities during the recent second wave of the pandemic, the restrictions in surrounding states had a major impact on the functioning of the industries in Telangana,” he said.

He pointed out that many of them faced challenges in procurement of raw materials and sending out finished products to their customers.

He said another reason for the slowdown of industrial activities was the shortage of labour that typically comes to Telangana from other states.

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KTR praises Sonu Sood for social service activities

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Telangana Minister for Industry and Information Technology, K.T. Rama Rao, on Tuesday appreciated actor Sonu Sood’s social service activities, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The actor called on the minister at his office at Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, discussed with Sonu Sood the various works taken up by him in response to the calls received from people from across the country.

The minister told Sood that he emerged as a hope for many people in distress during the pandemic.

The actor briefed KTR on the works undertaken by him and his plans to expand the social service activities. He told the minister that he launched the social service work with inspiration from his mother. He also shared with the minister his views about Hyderabad and its people.

Sood was all praise for KTR for lending help to the needy during the pandemic. He said he was impressed the way the minister responded to people’s requests over Twitter for help.

After the meeting, the minister hosted a lunch for the actor and felicitated him with a shawl and a memento.

Last month, KTR had called Sood a real superhero. When someone, who received help from the minister, thanked him and called him a real superhero, he replied that he is just an elected representative.

“I am just an elected public representative doing my bit brother. You can call Sonu Sood a superhero for sure,” KTR had tweeted.

Sood too had responded to KTR on the microblogging site, calling the minister a hero.

“Thank you so much sir for your kind words! But you are truly a hero who has done so much for Telangana. The state has developed so much under your leadership. I consider Telangana as my second home as it’s my place of work & the people have shown me so much love over the years,” wrote the actor, who has worked in many Telugu movies.

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KTR makes woman labourer inaugurate Balanagar flyover!

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Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao on Tuesday sprang a surprise by asking a woman labourer to cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Balanagar flyover in Hyderabad.

KTR was invited as the chief guest to inaugurate this long-pending flyover.

Ministers Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Ch Malla Reddy and TRS MLAs belonging to Hyderabad were waiting for KTR to inaugurate the flyover.

After KTR arrived at the inauguration site, he spoke to few woman labourers who were present there.

They told KTR that they have been working on this site for the past two years.

KTR was impressed by Shivamma, a labourer hailing from Manigala village in Wanaparthy district, who told how they contributed to the speedy completion of this delayed project over the past two years.

Soon after, KTR asked Shivamma to inaugurate this flyover to everyone’s surprise.

KTR handed over scissors to her to cut the ribbon. After inauguration KTR said recognising the hardwork of labourers and respecting labourers amounts to respecting ourselves and thanked Shivamma for inaugurating the flyover.

The works on massive 1.30 kilometre six-lane flyover aimed to ease traffic woes in highly congested Balanagar area started in 2017 at a cost of Rs 387 crore but was delayed due to land acquisition issues.

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Telangana receives 350 applications for food processing zones

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The Telangana government has received 350 applications in response to Expression of Interest (EOI) called by it for setting up food processing zones in the state.

Industry minister K.T. Rama Rao on Wednesday directed the officials to extend the last date for submission of EOI so that more companies can join the process.

The Minister presided over a meeting on setting up special economic zones.

Minister for Agriculture Niranjan Reddy and Minister for Civil Supplies Gangula Kamalakar and senior officials attended the meeting.

The state government plans to set up food processing zones on a large scale. They will be based on agriculture produce in a particular area. The industry department has prepared Telangana food map in this regard.

The meeting decided that each food processing zone should come up over not less than 225 acres. These zones would have infrastructure like water and power supply, roads, drinking water availability and common effluent plant.

The food processing zones would cater to the needs of farmers who are raising not only paddy but also chillies, turmeric, pulses, edible oils, fruits and vegetables. The facilities at ever zone would include processing, storage units and marketing infrastructure.

Rama Rao pointed out that the agriculture development programme taken up by the government and completion of several irrigation projects has led to massive increase in agriculture production in the state.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, pointed out that the agriculture sector has seen tremendous growth across the state including in drought-prone districts like Mahabubnagar.

He claimed that Telangana started the second green revolution in the country. In addition, meat, milk and fisheries sectors have grown at a rapid pace.

He said there was need to strengthen food processing sector in the state to create demand and marketing facilities for increased agriculture production. For this, special food processing zones and not just processing units should be set up.

He said though paddy is the main crop in Telangana, the food processing zones will be created while keeping in view the future requirements of new crops like oil palm.

He appealed to the MLAs to show more interest in helping the authorities acquire necessary land for the creation of the zones.

Gangula Kamalakar called for encouraging those who want to set up rice mills. He said that if the state does milling extensively, there is a scope for exporting rice to countries like China.

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Hyderabad’s link roads model for other cities: KTR

The link roads being developed in Hyderabad to ease traffic congestion on the main roads are becoming a model for other cities, Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K.T. Rama Rao said on Monday.

The minister said that Hyderabad Road Development Corporation (HRDC) officials are receiving calls from officials in the other cities of the country wanting to know how the link roads are being developed here.

Rama Rao said that calls have also been received from Mumbai, seeking details of the link roads plan under which a total of 133 roads are being laid.

The main aim of the programme is to ease traffic congestion on the main roads, bring down the level of pollution and provide convenience to people.

“As far as I know, no other city in the country has taken up development of link roads at this scale,” said the minister, while inaugurating five new link roads laid in the Serlingampalli zone at a cost of Rs 27.43 crore.

He said under the first phase, 22 link roads were taken up at a cost of Rs 313.65 crore. Of these, 16 have already been completed, while work on the remaining six will be completed soon.

Under the second phase, 17 link roads will be developed. The work on four roads has already started at a cost of about Rs 66 crore. Another 13 roads will be taken up at a cost of Rs 232 crore. Thus, in a phased manner, 133 link roads will be developed to improve connectivity.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, said the government took up several infrastructure projects to meet the growing needs of Hyderabad, which is expanding at a rapid pace.

He pointed out that the Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP) has been taken up at a cost of Rs 6,000 crore for the development of roads, flyovers and underpasses.

A Comprehensive Road Maintenance Programme (CRMP) was also launched at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore for better maintenance of the existing roads.

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Preparing for 3rd wave, Telangana sets up Covid Command Centre

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The Telangana government has set up a state of the art Covid Command Centre as part of its preparedness to fight the potential third wave of the pandemic.

The facility is equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)-based insights on Covid cases, and vaccination data among others.

Information Technology and Industry Ministry K. T. Rama Rao on Friday inaugurated the centre at the Indian Institute of Health and Family Welfare (IIHFW) in Hyderabad.

He stated that the control room would enable the administration in taking complete control of the situation by aggregating and handling all the data related to Covid-19. It will also provide citizens a reliable forum where they can air their apprehensions and seek medical guidance.

The officials briefed the minister about the executive dashboard which can provide an overview of all the key metrics to track.

The facility has data analytics and artificial intelligence driven system which can help the officials in taking decisions regarding all Covid related demand, supply status and optimal allocation mechanisms.

Officials said this control room consist of a command centre, call centre and telemedicine.

Later, the minister also inaugurated the call centre set up in the same premises. Citizens can dial 1905 and get information about all the Covid related services like testing and vaccination centres, ambulance services, hospitalisation requirements etc. He congratulated the service providers and the staff manning the call centre for their support.

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretary Industries Jayesh Ranjan, Health Secretary S.A.M. Rizvi, Secretary Disaster Management Rahul Bojja, IIHFW Director Alugu Varshini and other officials were present on the occasion.

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Telangana attracts big investment in EV sector

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In the presence of IT and Industries Minister KTR, the Department of Industries & Commerce, Govt. of Telangana and Triton Electric Vehicle Pvt. Ltd entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a manufacturing unit for electric buses at NIMZ, Zaheerabad.

Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and Triton Electric Vehicle Pvt. Ltd CEO & Founder Mr. Himanshu B. Patel signed the MoU today.

With an investment of Rs 2100 Crores Triton Electric Vehicle Pvt. Ltd will establish an ultra-modern electric vehicle manufacturing unit in Telangana. The project will employ more than 25,000 persons and produce 50,000 vehicles over the first five years, including semi-trucks, sedans, luxury SUVs, and rickshaws.

The Government of Telangana will provide the required land to the firm through TSIIC at NIMZ Zaheerabad. Minister KTR thanked the heads of Triton for coming forward to invest in Telangana.

Telangana is fast transforming into a favorite destination for the electronic vehicle manufacturing sector, said Minister KTR. He added that the Government of Telangana will extend complete support for Triton to acquire the necessary approvals for setting up their facility.

Minister KTR assured the firm of providing several incentives applicable for a megaproject under the TSIIC guidelines.

Triton Electric Vehicle Pvt. Ltd CEO & Founder Mr. Himanshu B. Patel informed Minister KTR that their company is fast expanding to cater to the increasing demand for electric vehicles. He added that the company has looked into investment opportunities in various states across the country and finally decided to set foot in Telangana after seeing its friendly industrial policies.

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KTR seeks vaccine testing centre in Hyderabad to ramp up production

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Telangana Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao has demanded the Central government establish a Vaccine Testing and Certification Laboratory in Hyderabad on war-footing to expedite production of Covid-19 vaccines.

He said since Hyderabad has become the global vaccine capital, it needs this facility immediately.

The state government is ready to provide required land in Hyderabad’s Genome Valley for the testing centre and would also give fast track clearances for the facility, he said.

In a letter to Union Health and Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan, the state minister said 30-45 days are wasted in sending vaccines developed in Hyderabad for testing to the Central Drug Laboratory in Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh).

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, said if the Vaccine Testing Laboratory is established in Hyderabad, an additional 8 to 10 crore doses can be produced here every month.

He pointed out that the issue is pending for a long time and the state government brought this to the notice of the Centre on a number of occasions. At least now, the government should take steps to set up the facility, he said.

He said Hyderabad has become the vaccine capital of not just the country but the entire world, noting efforts were on for large-scale production of Sputnik V, Corbevax, Bharat Biotech and Johnsons & Johnson’s vaccines.

He said bulk of vaccine production will happen in Hyderabad for the Central government’s plans to complete about 50 per cent of vaccination from August till end of 2021. There are reports that 100 crore doses for this vaccination programme of the Central government are likely to be manufactured in Hyderabad.

KTR said lack of vaccination testing centre in such an important city of Hyderabad is creating various problems. The only vaccination testing laboratory is located in Kasauli, and companies based in Hyderabad have to send every batch to this laboratory, hundreds of kilometres away.

The vaccine batches have to be sent from Hyderabad to Delhi by aircraft and from there they have to be transported to Kasauli by road as this is the only mode of transport available. The entire testing is taking 30 to 45 days. Biotech companies in Hyderabad say that precious time is getting lost due to this.

KTR said that setting up a second vaccination testing centre in the country at Hyderabad can expedite manufacturing of vaccines.

The Centre should realise the need for setting up the testing centre in Hyderabad to produce more vaccines in the shortest time to provide required doses available for the biggest vaccination programme in history, he said.

He said if the Vaccine Testing Laboratory is established in Hyderabad, 100 crore vaccine doses can be manufactured here in six months. Keeping in view the need for a large number of doses, the facility should be set up immediately, he added.

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2BHK houses for poor with lake view come up in Hyderabad

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The Telangana government has built 330 double bedroom houses for poor people near Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad, and Urban Development Minister, K.T. Rama Rao will be handing over these houses to the beneficiaries later this month.

Three multi-storey buildings comprising 330 units, overlooking the picturesque lake, have come up in what used to be a slum in Ambedkar Nagar area near the Necklace Road.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, took to Twitter on Friday to announce that he is proud to be handing over these houses to the beneficiaries. He posted pictures of the buildings overlooking the lake.

“Delighted and proud to be handing over 330 of these lake view 2BHK homes built under Telangana government’s Dignity Housing programme thanks to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, an area that was a slum, has now been redeveloped and built in the heart of Hyderabad overlooking the famous Hussain Sagar lake,” he tweeted.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has built these houses at a cost of more than Rs 40 crore over 2.5 acre of land.

The supporters of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) hailed the housing scheme for poor, especially construction of the units near Hussain Sagar.

However, the move has come under criticism from some quarters.

“Be proud of doing illegal things, that’s what your party is known for.. constructions at river bodies are supposed to be 50/30 metres away. Next when it rains, go to the same place and express sympathy for people,” tweeted Vijay Gopal, an anti-corruption activist.

KTR also posted pictures of 2-BHK houses built in rural areas.

“For those of you who are wondering how the Dignity Housing 2BHK programme is faring in rural Telangana, please see below. The 2BHK houses at Jangampally village of Kamareddy district are a matter of pride not just for Telangana but is setting a benchmark for India,” he tweeted.

The minister will be handing over 2BHK houses built at different places in Greater Hyderabad to the beneficiaries on June 26, 28 and July 1 and 4.

He will be handing more than 330 houses built near the Hussain Sagar, 180 houses at GYR Compound, 162 at Potti Sriramulu Nagar and 10 houses at Gollakurmaiah Colony.

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