Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao sought a Central grant of Rs. 30,571 crore for implementing Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha as part of a special development package for Telangana which was already sanctioned by NITI Aayog.
Mr. Rao made this request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi whom he met in New Delhi on Friday. He said that the grant would probably be sanctioned over the next four years and added that a special Central assistance may also be considered for the Mission Bhagiratha.
Mr. Rao requested the Prime Minister to set up a tribal university as a Central university near Warangal under the provisions of the State Reorganisation Act. The Centre should consider giving Rs. 500 to Rs. 600 crore per year for each of the six metropolitan cities in the country, including Hyderabad, for their comprehensive development.
He regretted that the budgetary support extended by the Centre for Hyderabad under the Smart Cities programme was limited to transform it into a global city in tune with its recognition as Information Technology Investment Region. The borrowing limit of Telangana may be hiked from 3 to 3.5 per cent of the GSDP, the cadre strength of IPS officers be increased.