The MCR HRD Institute of Telangana conducted “Reorientation and Capacity Building Program in the context of Telangana” at Office of Collector, Karimnagar, which was attended by over 120 HoDs and District Officers from Karimnagar and Rajanna Sircilla districts.
Dr. GR Reddy, IES (Retd.), Advisor to Government of Telangana, Finance, in his inaugural address, said that Telangana economy is performing better than the national average in terms of growth rate and per capita income on account of Government’s innovative policies, huge investment in economic infrastructure, and public spending on welfare. However, he added, there is huge diversity in terms of development of districts across the State. He, therefore, underlined the need for identifying the districts which are lagging behind and formulating action plans, strictly in accordance with their felt needs, for their multifaceted growth. He said that the district officers hold the key for unlocking the true potential of Telangana State and for realizing the dream of Bangaru Telangana. He advised them to contribute their optimum best to enriching quality of governance, which ultimately determines the fate of nations, rather than mere availability of resources.
Dr. Gautam Pingle, Dean of Studies and Head, Centre for Telangana Studies, Dr. MCR HRD Institute, in his welcome address, said that the landmark reorganization of the 10 districts of the State into 31 districts will go a long way in bringing governance closer to people and making the new districts the role models to be emulated.
Sarfaraz Ahmed, IAS, Collector, Karimnagar district, D Krishna Bhaskar, Collector Rajanna Sircilla district, and K.Shashanka, IAS, Commissioner, Karimnagar Municipal Corporation, who spoke on this occasion, unanimously underscored the need for reorientation programs for employees to introduce district officers to contemporary challenges after State formation, reorganization of the districts, flagship programs, and the role of employees in their successful implementation. All of them advised the officers to use the inputs of the reorientation program in improving the overall functioning of their respective departments.
Dr. S Satyanarayana, IES, Joint Director, Fiscal Cell, CGG said that Telangana is one of the few states to maintain revenue surplus status during three consecutive years since the State formation. Mr. S Ravi, Consultant, UNICEF said that the proposed District Knowledge & Information Centers will be of great help in scientifically diagnosing district-specific problems by using Samagra Kutumba Survey, a goldmine of unique information, and formulating action plans. Professor Deepa Nair, Head, CUDS, Dr. MCR HRD Institute of Telangana and her team of urban experts, Sri J Kiran, Scientist, TRAC, Dr. Pandu Ranga Rao, former Professor, NIT, Warangal, and Sri Veerabhadrudu, Advisor, CIPS also addressed the participants.
Dr. Syed Ayub Ali, Professor, Centre for Telangana Studies, Dr. MCR HRD Institute of Telangana welcomed and conducted proceedings of the program.