Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has instructed officials concerned to formulate a new 'Urban Policy' for the state, with the goal of weeding out corruption and increasing transparency in services extended to the people. He said along with the urban policy, a new rural policy and revenue policy should also to be formulated.
The CM said that as part of the new Urban Policy, a New Municipal Act, new Corporationsâ€™ Act and new Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Act should also be brought in. He also recommended a new Act for the Hyderabad Metro Development Authority (HMDA).
"The CM wanted the officials to come out with the draft proposals on these Acts in the next couple of days and informed that the Legislative Assembly session will be called for a brief session to discuss and pass these new Acts. The CM declared that the new Acts should eliminate the corruption in toto at all levels and should never give any room for any illegal and unauthorised constructions. These Acts should help the cities be clean, tidy and green," a press release from the Chief Minister's office stated.
The Act will also incorporate stringent punishments against those who resort to dereliction of the duties, the release added.
The Chief Minister held a high-level review meeting on the subject at Pragathi Bhavan on Sunday. Government Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary SK Joshi, Principal Secretary S Narsing Rao, Municipal Administration Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar and Law secretary Niranjan Rao were among those who participated.
â€śSoon after the formation of Telangana, we have identified priorities of the state. We have given more importance to the welfare sector. We have solved the power crisis. We have solved the drinking water crisis. We are constructing projects for irrigation water. Now, Telangana has to ascend on one more step. For this we have to enact good policies.,â€ť the CM was quoted as saying.