Telangana Chief Minister launches insurance scheme for farmers

Vastavam web: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on wednesday launched three new schemes, including free life insurance for farmers, on the occasion of Independence Day. Unfurling the national flag at the historic Golconda Fort here, he also launched an eye care initiative aiming to cover all citizens in the state and an economic support programme for backward classes.

“Telangana is number one in public welfare in the country (with over 40 welfare programmes being implemented with Rs 40,000 crore),” the chief minister saidand sought people’s support for the state to continue its “victory march. “People are my source of support in this journey,” he said.

Under the ‘Rythu Bima’ scheme, every farmer would get life insurance cover of Rs five lakh.The state government has already paid Rs 636 crore towards premium for the scheme.Under the economic support scheme for backward classes, the government would provide a grant of Rs 50,000 to the beneficiaries to start small businesses. Rao later travelled to Malkapur village near here to launch the ‘Kanti Velugu’ eye care scheme. ‘Kanti Velugu’ entitles every citizen of Telangana to free eye care, providing free eye screenings, medicines and spectacles and surgeries. It envisages covering 3.7 crore population. In the first phase, the state government distributed Rs 5,111 crore to 49,49,000 farmers.

The government is setting up a mega textile park in Warangal to provide employment to weavers and ‘Textile hubs’ were being set up at Sircilla and Gadwal, he said. Rao, who said the state government was spending Rs 2,000 crore on minorities welfare and development, said it has been decided to set up a special IT park for IT industrialists from the minority sections. The state government was implementing a special plan to make Hyderabad a global city, Rao said.