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T in greater need of special status than AP

T in greater need of special status than AP
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New Delhi: Telangana in Greater Need of Special Status than Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought according of Special Category Status to Telangana.

New Delhi: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought according of Special Category Status to Telangana. It was pointed out to him that Telangana was in greater need of getting the Special Status, rather than Andhra Pradesh, as eight out of its 10 districts were already categorised as backward.

Significantly, Polavaram issue did not figure in the talks. The Chief Minister, apparently, focused on issues relating to the development of Telangana, setting aside for now all contentious issues. The Telangana Chief Minister later called on President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Political significance is being attached to the meeting of the Chief Minister with Prime Minister Modi, as it is the first meeting after his assuming office, following the creation of Telangana.

Ahead of the first Telangana Assembly Session slated to commence from Monday, Rao chose to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enlist his support and cooperation for the development of the newly-created State. Separate memorandum was given to the Prime Minister on 14 issues. These included (1) Special Category Status for Telangana; (2) National Project Status for Pranahita-Chevella; (3) Tax-incentives for industrialisation in Telangana; (4) 4000 mw power plant; (5) Separate High Court for Andhra Pradesh; (6) Development of Urban Hyderabad Agglomeration; (7) Cleaning of River Musi on lines of Sabarmati in Gujarat; (8) Horticulture University; (9) Tribal University; (10) Roads in backward areas; (11) Development of Highways; (12) Steel Plant in Bayaram in Khammam; (13) Railway Projects in Telangana; and (14) Release of 30 per cent funds under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA). Focusing on the issues of development, Rao brought to the notice of the Prime Minister a number of issues on which the Centre has to act immediately. There is a new focus on food processing units being set up in Telangana.

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