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‘Water, health remain concerns in TS’

Principal Secretary-Industries Jayesh Ranjan with NITI Aayog member V. K. Saraswat at the inaugural session of the CII conference in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Principal Secretary-Industries Jayesh Ranjan with NITI Aayog member V. K. Saraswat at the inaugural session of the CII conference in Hyderabad on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: G. Ramakrishna

State’s prime challenge will be to sustain development, says NITI Aayog member

Impending water scarcity and health concerns remain prime concerns of Telangana government’s development blueprint, said Dr. V. K Saraswat, a member of NITI Aayog at a conference on Telangana Growth Story 2.0 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries.

In the coming 25 years, the land-locked State could face a major water crisis if it does not implement consistent water conservation mechanisms including recycling of water and rain water harvesting, he said.

One rank down

As per Health Index Initiative calculated by NITI Aayog, Telangana has also “fallen from the tenth place in 2014-15 to eleventh place in 2015-16 and 2016-17”, he said adding universal access to health should be made a priority.

While Telangana’s development growth rate (Gross State Development Product’s growth rate) is 17% and has surpassed the national average, the State’s prime concern will be to sustain development in the coming years.

Telangana’s Gross Value Added (GVA) is 13.1%, which is 3.5 percentage points above the national average, Dr. Saraswat said, adding the State should improve its Foundational Learning Index too.

Silver lining

On the positive side, the State is at ninth position among Indian states while considering Sustainability Development Index.

However, Telangana government, which has come to power with a “massive mandate”, should strive to “carry out the existing schemes in an accelerated manner and also do an impact analysis of various schemes”.

The State should push for eradication of poverty providing safe, nutritious and sufficient food, Dr. Saraswat added.

Encouraging innovation

Speaking at the meeting, Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of Industries, stressed the industry’s role in encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. He asked industries to provide more internship and apprenticeship opportunities to students. CII chairman Sanjay Singh congratulated Telangana government on achieving double digit growth.

During the conference, a compendium on CSR highlighting the CSR activities of various corporates in CII Telangana was released. CII Telangana also launched the ‘CFO Forum’ at the event.

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