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Telangana IT minister proud about Maharashtra villagers’ merger wish

The villages in Maharashtra had been neglected by successive governments for the last 70 years and wanted to merge with Telangana.

india Updated: May 25, 2018 19:00 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
K T Rama Rao,villages,Maharashtra
Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao said it was a unique compliment to the government and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

A recent representation by people of 40 Maharashtra villages, seeking their integration with Telangana, after seeing the development in the latter, has sent IT minister of the state, KT Rama Rao on cloud nine.

On Tuesday, a delegation of farmers from 40 villages in Dharmabad tehsil of Nanded district in Maharashtra met TRS MLA Bajireddy Goverdhan in Telangana’s Nizamabad, and urged the government to take steps to integrate them with Telangana.

The villages fall along the border between Telangana and Maharashtra.

Kadam told the local media that their villages has been neglected by successive governments in Maharashtra for the last 70 years.

“Our villagers are deprived of even basic amenities such as roads and water. The facilities currently available in neighbouring villages in Telangana are much better than in Maharashtra,” he said.

“Hence, we submitted our proposal to the Telangana government for integration with Telangana. We wish to be a part of Telangana rather than Maharashtra,” Kadam said.

K T Rama Rao, son of chief minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, took to social media on Friday to acknowledge and appreciate their wish.

“Unique compliment to Telangana Govt & @TelanganaCMO. For expeditious development, 40 villages in Dharmabad, Maharashtra want to be part of Telangana!! And their MLA supports!! Can there be a better compliment, I wonder (sic),” KTR tweeted.

The Maharashtra villagers told the TRS MLA that they were impressed with the Rythu Bandhu scheme of the Telangana government, which provided Rs 4,000 per acre to each farmer twice a year.

Thanking the Maharashtra villagers, the TRS MLA, however, told them that the merger was not technically possible as it was not in the hands of the state government.

First Published: May 25, 2018 19:00 IST