KCR invites PM Modi for Mission Bhagiratha launch

Seeks Bifurcation Of HC, Natl Status For Kaleshwaram Project

Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the state and launch the drinking water scheme Mission Bhagiratha in his assembly constituency of Gajwel.

KCR spent more than 30 minutes in a one-on-one meeting with PM Modi. Sources said that KCR extended an invitation to Modi to inaugurate the programme designed to provide piped drinking water to households in over 600 villages.

The chief minister also requested the Prime Minister to lay the foundation stone for the NTPC power plant at Ramagundam. KCR had previously invited him to the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Ramagundam power plant when he met him in February this year. However, Modi’s visit to Telangana did not materialise. Modi is yet to visit the state after becoming the Prime Minister though he chose Hyderabad to launch his poll campaign for the 2014 general elections.

Samudrala Venugopala Chary , special representative of Telangana in New Delhi, said that Modi responded positively to KCR’s invitation on Monday and his visit is expected to be scheduled shortly.

Among the other issues that came up for discussion during the meeting were Telangana’s demand for immediate bifurcation of the high court in Hyderabad, central funds for various schemes, including Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha, national status for Kaleshwaram irrigation project and funds for educational institutions, including IIT, IIM and AIIMS.

The CM told Modi that central assistance to the state under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sanchay Yojana envisaging irrigation projects should be kept out of Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) norms. He also urged the PM to set up a separate BC welfa re ministry at the Centre.

“The chief minister reminded Modi of the provisions of the AP State Reorganisation Act, according to which the new state of Telangana must have a separate high court within two years of its formation. He also mentioned about the injustice meted out to Telangana in terms of allocation of judicial officers between the two states,“ said Venugopala Chary . KCR sought Rs 25,000 crore for Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha.

KCR also met Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and water resources minister Uma Bharati. He urged the finance ministry to relax the borrowing limit from the existing 3 per cent to 3.5 per cent of the state’s GSDP as the Centre had agreed to do in principle. He urged the Centre to release the pending Rs 450 crore for eight `backward districts’ of Telangana. Showering praise on the state government for coming up with schemes like Mission Kakatiya, Uma Bharati said that she would ask other states to emulate Telangana.

The chief minister, who reportedly discussed issues related to sharing of river water between states, invited her to Telangana to witness the progress of the scheme to which Bharati responded positively . KCR demanded the Centre to fix a timeline for the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal on Krishna water disputes for an early solution. Till then, the CM urged the Centre to maintain a status quo on river water sharing among states.

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