HYDERABAD: "The state has a bright future. I hope all
parties will help the government develop it on all fronts and make it
prosperous,'' is the birthday message of chief minister K Rosaiah.
The chief minister, who is turning 78 years on Sunday, has
a look back on his 60yearlong political career and expressed his views on the
development of the state. ``I took a plunge into active politics at a young age.
In the 60 years of my journey in public affairs, several opportunities came my
way. These, including the chief-ministership, are meant to serve people. I
consider the opportunities as blessings from God. My life's ambition is to
attain salvation by serving the people.''
Spelling out his feelings on the eve of his birthday, he
said that both rural and urban areas should develop on the same scale and the
government allocated Rs 3,842 crore for rural and Rs 3,261 crore for urban areas
in this financial year. ``There is a need to focus on the agricultural sector.
The efforts of former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy are yielding fruits
now. The free power immensely helped the farmers; about 27 lakh of them are
enjoying the benefit. The scheme also generated or revived interest in
agriculture, and more and more are taking to farming. This again is helping in
increasing foodgrain production,'' Rosaiah said.
As for industry, the chief minister said that unless it was
given prominence quick development was not possible. ``The aim of the government
is to attract Rs 75,000crore investment, creation of 25 lakh employment and
creation of 6.5 lakh opportunities in the information technology sector in the
next five years. To create infrastructure for industry, the government will
spend about Rs 2,284 crore and to create employment opportunities to the rural
youth steps are being taken,'' he said.
Rosaiah claimed that the state had the blessings of UPA
chairperson Sonia Gandhi and prime minister Manmohan Singh. Waiver of loans to
the tune of Rs 13,000 crore in the state _ out of Rs 72,000 crore in the country
_ was a big example of the two leaders' soft corner for the state, he said.
``Under the NREG scheme the state is getting about Rs 6,000
crore and a lot of importance is being given to the railway lines in the
state,'' he claimed. In five days from now the prime minister would lay the
foundation stone for the Rs 6,000crore BHELNTPC joint venture project at
Mannavaram, near Srikalahasti, in Chittoor district, Rosaiah said and hoped for
similar support from the Centre for all future projects of the state.