Rama Krishna Sangem
Telangana’s GSDP (Gross State Domestic Produce) has risen from Rs 5.5 lakh crore in 2014 to Rs 11.58 lakh crore in 2021, said State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, IAS, in a video conference with Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and NITI Aayog vice-chairman Suman Bery on December 20, Tuesday. This is a significant growth for a newly formed state like Telangana.
Suman Bery, a policy economist and Raiiv Gauba, a Jharkhand cadre IAS officer of 1982 batch, have been focusing on making India a 5 trillion US dollars economy in 2-3 years. Their exercise of holding video conferences with state chief secretaries is part of a mission to identify areas of growth in the country. This exercise assumes importance in view of India assuming the leadership of G-20 countries from December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2023.
Somesh Kumar in this conference told the Central government representatives that Telangana for the last few years has been striving hard to achieve results on all fronts – not just economic indicators within the government departments but also overall welfare and human development aspects. “We have asked all government departments to identify growth engines and areas where GSDP can be improved,” said Somesh.
Karimnagar focus district
Niti Aayog has asked all states to focus on at least on district where substantial growth has been achieved since recently. CS Somesh Kumar has selected Karimnagar district for the purpose. District joint collector Garima Agarwal, IAS, has made a brief presentation on the economy and development aspects of the district over a years. She told the Centre that the district plan has been made in accordance with the priorities of the State government.
Right from development of Maneru River Front Development to oil palm cultivation and welfare schemes like Dalit Bandhu, all have been implemented on the direction state government policies, she said. An IT tower is set up in Karimnagar to promote Tier-2 cities on the technology front. Telangana Special Chief Secretaries Rama Krishna Rao, IAS, Arvind Kumar, IAS and Jayesh Ranjan, IAS too were present.