The Government of Telangana has introduced several path-breaking and novel welfare and developmental programmes. Thanks to these administrative and policy interventions, Telangana today shines bright in the union of Indian States!
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Visionary Leadership – Resilient Economy
Telangana has emerged as a shining example of remarkable economic progress, outpacing India’s overall growth. Telangana’s GSDP at current prices in 2022-23 was ₹12.93 lakh crore. State’s share in national GDP increased from 4.1% in 2014-15 to 4.8% in 2022-23, while its share in the national population remains at 2.9%. Further, Telangana was the 8th and 7th highest contributor to the country’s GDP at current prices and constant prices respectively.
After the formation of the state in 2014, Telangana has consistently recorded a higher growth rate than the nation’s average growth rate, and the gap has widened with each successive year. While India’s GDP increased by 118.2% from 2014-15 to 2022-23, Telangana achieved a 155.7% increase in the GSDP value during the same period, making it the 2nd ranking state in terms of the overall GSDP increase during this period. In achieving this, the state has surpassed all its neighbouring states — Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu – with which it shares similarity in socio-economic conditions apart from the geographical proximity.
In the year prior to the state formation, the per capita income (PCI) of Telangana was at ₹1,12,162, while that of India’s at ₹79,118. In 2022-23, the PCI increased to ₹3,08,732, which is ₹1,36,732 more than the national average of ₹1,72,000. Moreover, Telangana’s PCI has been growing at a higher rate than the national average. Since the state formation, Telangana’s PCI has grown at an average rate of 12.1% in comparison to India’s average PCI growth rate of 9.2%.
More importantly, the wealth in Telangana State is not concentrated in the hands of a few individuals. As per the NFHS 2019-21 report, the state ranks 1st among all the states (along with Tamil Nadu and Kerala) in terms of equitable income distribution, with a Gini coefficient of 0.10.
See more: www.tsdps.telangana.gov.in
Impetus to Infrastructure
Telangana has a very robust infrastructure that is crucial to sustain and propel economic growth and foster well-being amongst its citizens.
The State’s total installed power capacity increased to 18,567 MW in 2023 from a mere 7,778 MW in 2014.
The per capita electricity consumption of the State was 2,126 kWh which was 69% higher than the all-India average of 1,255 kWh as in 2021-22. Telangana is one of the eight states in the country with 100% electrification of households. It is the only State in India to offer 24×7 free power supply to agriculture connections since 2018.
Telangana has a total road network of 1,09,260 km of which 51% are Black-top roads (53,445 km), 30% are Unmetalled roads (31,209 km), 10% are Cement Concrete roads (10,794 km), and 9% are Metalled roads (8,828 km) apart from the National highways.
Out of the total road network, 61.80% are rural roads, 25.39% are state highways & district roads (R&B), 8.25% are GHMC roads, and 4.56% are National Highways. As of 2021-22, Telangana has a total road density of 97.49 km for 100 sq km.
The Telangana Govt. has taken special care to develop strong infrastructure in the capital city of Hyderabad. The city has 158 km long, 8-lane expressway – Nehru Outer Ring Road – popularly known as ORR, that encircles the city of Hyderabad. Under the Strategic Road Development Project (SRDP) 35 Flyovers, 5 Underpasses, 9 Road under Bridges (RuBs), 9 Road over Bridges (RoBs) and Cable Stayed Bridges have been built since State formation. A number of such roads are under construction.
Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMRL), taken up on PPP model, covers a total distance of 69.2 KM across three corridors and is set to begin works to expand the network by another 300 km, expanding the metro rail connectivity to the districts as well.
See more: www.tsiic.telangana.gov.in
Lifting A River: Kaleshwaram Project
World’s largest multi-stage, multipurpose lift irrigation project, Kaleshwaram Project is designed to meet irrigation, drinking water and industrial requirements. With a storage capacity of 160 tmc ft across various barrages, reservoirs, the mammoth project envisions utilising 180 tmc ft by lifting 2 tmc ft water every day.
Apart from providing irrigation and drinking water facilitates to 45 lakh acres, Kaleshwaram project will have manifold impacts on development of inland fisheries, inland navigation, eco and temple tourism, water sports, industries, urban development and sustainability, improving biodiversity and possibility of storing 450 TMC in the existing reservoirs within the radar of the Project. Kaleshwaram Project has emerged as one of the Growth Engines of Telangana State.
The Kaleshwaram Project has the provision of 30 TMC and 10 TMC of water for the drinking water needs of Hyderabad City and of the villages and towns en route. A 16 TMC of water has been provisioned for the utilisation of industrial purposes.
See more: www.irrigation.telangana.gov.in
Lifting a River: Palamuru-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme
Palamuru-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) is envisaged to lift 90 TMC of water in 60 days from the foreshore of Srisailam Reservoir on Krishna River.
The water is lifted from an elevation of 240 metres from the foreshore of Srisailam Reservoir to an elevation of 670 metres near Shadnagar.
In the Phase-I of PRLIS, Drinking Water will be provided to 1, 226 villages in Nagarkurnool, Mahabubnagar, Narayanpet, Vikarabad, Rangareddy and Nalgonda Districts apart from the Hyderabad city.
In the Phase-II of the Project, canal network will be developed from the reservoirs to provide irrigation facilities to about 12.30 Lakh Acres and to provide for industrial use.
The PRLIS comprises constructing of six reservoirs with a total capacity of 68 TMC, about 61 km of tunnels and 915 km of primary channels, building five pump stations with heavy-duty 145 MW pumps, and setting up 400 KV sub-stations.
Farmer-friendly initiatives of Telangana Government have resulted in unprecedented growth of the agriculture sector in the State. Due to the considerable investment by the Government, the gross irrigated area of all crops increased by 117% between 2014-15 (from 62.48 lakh acres) and 2021-22 (to 135 lakh acres). The area under Horticulture crops is at 11.57 lakh acres. The overall agriculture production in the State increased to 3.5 Cr metric tonnes in 2022 from 2.32 Cr metric tonnes in 2014-15.
While Telangana started out with a negative 0.7% growth rate in the ‘Agriculture & Allied Sectors’ in 2014-15, it managed to revolutionise these sectors, attaining exemplary growth rates. The primary sector’s growth rate has increased by 16.4 percentage points from 2014-15 to 2022-23. During the same period, the sector grew at an average rate of 12.8% in Telangana vis-a-vis the nation’s growth of 10.0%.
The Telangana Government gave a new push for the Agriculture sector through various initiatives such as the Rythu Bandhu scheme (investment support), the construction of new major and medium irrigation projects, 24×7 free power to Agriculture, Mission Kakatiya, promotion of livestock and fisheries, sheep distribution scheme, etc.
This impressive growth in irrigated area has resulted in an increase in paddy production by 342% between 2015-16 and 2021-22 (from 45.71 lakh MTs to 202 lakh MTs) and the State has emerged as the second largest supplier of Paddy to the Food Corporation of India (FCI). Similarly, Cotton production has been increased by 33% from 18.85 lakh MTs in 2015-16 to 25.08 lakh MTs in 2021-22.
White Coat Revolution in Telangana
The Government of Telangana, resolved to set up a medical college in each district of the State, has ushered in a ‘White-coat Revolution’ by launching nine new government medical colleges on 15th September, 2023. Telangana had only five government medical colleges at the time of inception of the State in 2014 and the same has now been increased by five-fold to 26. Government has sanctioned 8 more colleges for the year 2024 which will take the total to 34.
The number of medical seats (MBBS) in Telangana increased three-fold from a mere 2,850 in 2014 to 8,515 in 2023. With new colleges coming in 2024, the total medical seats in the State will reach 10,000. Further, Telangana has the highest per-capita availability of MBBS seats in the country with 22 per one lakh population and stands second with regard to PG seats as 8 seats are available per one lakh population.
On the other hand, the State had only 17,000 beds in hospitals with limited facilities in 2014. With the interventions and increased spending by the Government, the number of beds now stands at 34,000. The Telangana Government is building hospitals and expanding the existing ones to take the total to 50,000. All the beds are fitted with Oxygen-supply lines.
The State is also winning laurels at the National level for its improved performance in the health & medical sector. Telangana has climbed to 3rd position in 2023 from 11th position in 2014 in the NITI Aayog Health Index. Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in the State dropped significantly from 92 to 43 and 39 to 21 respectively from 2014 to 2023.
Ushering in 'Revolutions'
Telangana has ushered in four revolutions and is on the cusp of achieving the fifth!
Green Revolution: Paddy production increased by 342% between 2015-16 and 2021-22 (from 45.71 lakh MTs to 202 lakh MTs) and the State has emerged as the second largest supplier of Paddy to the Food Corporation of India (FCI).
White Revolution: Telangana stands in the 13th position in 2021-22. Milk production increased from 42 lakh tonnes to 58 lakh tonnes from 2014-15 to 2021-22.
Pink Revolution: As per 20th livestock census-2019, Telangana ranks first place in the sheep population. The sheep population has seen an increase of 48.51% between 2012 to 2019 (12.8 million in 2012 to 19.1 million in 2019).
Telangana stands 3rd in egg production with an output of 1,667 crore eggs, 5th in meat production of 10.04 lakh tonnes during 2021-22.
Blue Revolution: The state is ranked 3rd in inland fishery resources and 8th in Fish production.
Fish and Prawns production has increased from 2.68 lakh tonnes (2.6 lakh tonnes of Fish and 0.08 lakh tonnes of Prawns) in 2014-15 to 3.90 lakh tonnes (3.76 lakh tonnes of Fish and 0.14 lakh tonnes of Prawns) in 2021-22. The value of the production also increased from Rs. 2,637 crore to Rs. 5,860 crore for the above period.
Yellow Revolution: The state has emerged as one of the high-potential states for Oil Palm cultivation and stands sixth in the country in terms of the area under oil-palm cultivation (68,440 acres), and 1st in the Oil Extraction Rate (OER) in India (19.32% share). The total Oil Palm area in the state as of 2022-23 is 17,657 hectares.
Telangana State Oil Palm Mission envisages to bring 20 lakh acres under oil palm cultivation in a period of three years from 2022-23 to 2024-25.
Under the Mission Bhagiratha Initiative, safe and sustainable piped drinking water is being supplied to each and every household in the State. About 54 lakh rural households were provided drinking water connection while Urban Mission Bhagiratha is designed for households inside the Outer Ring Road. It benefits nearly 2.72 crore population of which 75% is rural and the rest is urban. Telangana is the first State in India to achieve 100% coverage of Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTC).
The project provides treated drinking water at the rate of 100 Litres Per Capita Per Day (LPCD) in rural areas, 135 LPCD in municipalities, and 150 LPCD in municipal corporations. 10% of the total water is earmarked to meet industrial needs. A total of 23,975 rural habitations (outside Outer Ring Road), 649 rural habitations that are merged with Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), and 121 ULBs, 23,517 schools, 27,257 Anganwadi Centers and other government institutions are being provided with clean drinking water. At the time of the State formation, the State had 967 fluoride-affected villages. Today, Telangana is proud to boast that it is free of any such fluoride-affected villages.
Mission Bhagiratha has been a role model for other Indian States and inspired the Central Government to come up with ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ for the country.
See more: www.missionbhagiratha.telangana.gov.in
India's Preferred Investment Destination
Thanks to the industry-friendly innovative Telangana State Industrial Project Approval and Self-certification System (TS-iPASS) Policy that guarantees time-bound approvals and self-certification for new industrial projects, the State Government has accorded about 23,500 industrial approvals that brought more than 2.65 lakh crores of investment creating 17.9 lakh employment opportunities. About $23 Billion worth of investments attracted since 2014.
With 68 Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Telangana has the highest number of SEZs in India. It also has 300+ industrial parks and more than 1000 MSMEs.
Since 2016, Telangana has consistently been amongst the top-3 states in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings.
See more: www.invest.telangana.gov.in
Telangana IT/ITeS Exports Scaling Unprecedented Heights
Telangana witnessed a remarkable increase in IT/ITeS exports, reaching a staggering Rs. 2,41,275 Crores during the fiscal year 2022-23. This represents an astounding growth of 31.44% compared to the previous financial year. The surge of Rs. 57,706 Crores in the fiscal year 2022-23 is the highest annual rise since the formation of the State.
Telangana added 1,27,594 new jobs during the financial year 2022-23, bringing the total IT/ITeS employment to 9,05,715. This represents an impressive year-on-year increase of 16.29% compared to the FY 2021-22.
The State is making rapid strides in its IT/ ITeS sector exports and employment generation, positioning itself to exceed the target of Rs. 3 lakh Crore exports and 10 lakh jobs set in the 2nd ICT Policy 2021-26. In fact, Telangana is poised to achieve these ambitious milestones as early as next year (2024), two years ahead of schedule.
See more: www.it.telangana.gov.in
Vaccine Capital of the World
Telangana is home to over 800 pharma and biotech companies with a valuation of over US$ 50 billion. With 1/3rd of the global vaccine output coming from the Capital City of Hyderabad, it has earned the epithet of Vaccine Capital of the World. Telangana is the only State in the world to have more than 200 USFDA approved facilities. It accounts for more than 35% of India’s pharmaceutical production.
The State has attracted about 900 greenfield investment projects worth US$ 2 billion over the last five years. With the Govt. giving special thrust on medical devices manufacturing, the State would emerge as the favourite destination for Medical Devices.
See more: www.lifesciences.telangana.gov.in
Hub of Innovation
Telangana has created a unique model of innovation for the State with an array of institutions set up since the State formation starting with T-Hub in 2015. While the organizations worked on the delivery of their specic purpose of creation, they also laid the skeleton of an entire value chain of various innovation ecosystems Start-up, Grassroot, Social Innovation etc. through their interconnected model of operations.
T-Hub: India’s biggest incubator to empower start-ups
WE Hub: Supports and promotes women entrepreneurship
T Works: India’s largest prototyping centre for electronics, electromechanical and mechanical start-ups.
RICH: Takes research of top scientic research institutions to market
TASK: Enhances employability of youth through skilling programs.
TSIC: Fosters innovation driven economy
See more: www.startup.telangana.gov.in
Visit Telangana – For all Seasons and for all Reasons!
Telangana State is a treasure trove of tourist destinations. It is dotted by several religious/ spiritual centres of different faiths while the region’s glorious past can be felt in the numerous historic and archaeological sites. The State also boasts of several natural, wildlife, adventurous spots for the travellers to explore. With affordable travel and stay, a unique albeit delicious blend of South-indian and Nizami cuisines, amusement and adventure parks, hospitality, lakes, historical attractions and medical tourism, Telangana has a little something for every visitor.
Global recognitions in tourism sector:
The Ramappa Temple in Mulugu District was declared as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Pochampally village in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district was awarded ‘Best Tourism Village’ title by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
The State also won four National Tourism Awards in the four categories of Best State (Comprehensive Development of Tourism), Best Golf Course (Hyderabad Gold Club), Best Railway Station (Secunderabad Railway Station) and Best Medical Tourism Facility (Apollo Hospitals) in 2022.
See more: www.telanganatourism.gov.in