Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, fondly called KTR, is an Indian politician currently serving as Telangana’s Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Industries & Commerce, and Information Technology.
KTR is a man who is a visionary who helped his State to develop. Here are the top 10 facts about him:
Never Forgotten His Roots:
KTR represents more than just his urban face; he has never forgotten his roots. Sircilla is a rural district that he represents. The Minister is personally invested in resolving the Sircilla handloom weavers’ crisis. He alleviated the weavers’ distress by convincing the government to purchase their cloth for school uniforms, Bathukamma Sarees, and other uses. Through his programs, he helped his town to develop.
An Amazing Public Speaker:
KTR has an exceptional talent as a public speaker, which he demonstrated when he moderated a talk show at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit-2017 with Ivanka Trump (daughter of then-US President Donald Trump), Cherry Blair (wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair), and others. At this show, KTR’s spontaneity and eloquence reached a peak.
A Startup Enthusiast:
KTR has created, innovated, and integrated the T-Hub into the startup ecosystem while championing the cause of startups. T-Works, a similar project, was replicated exclusively for electronics and had several initiatives such as T-Sat (educational satellite channel), TASK (Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge), RICH (Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad), and many others.
Helping Healthcare To Progress:
Over 35 companies have expressed interest in investing in Hyderabad to establish manufacturing/ R&D units, making it India’s largest Medical Devices Park. Similarly, another major KTR initiative is Hyderabad Pharma City, a pharmaceutical industrial park.
Pharma City is positioned as the world’s largest, spanning 19,000 acres and expected to attract an investment of approximately USD 10 billion, employing over 5.60 lakh people.
The IT Guy:
Under KTR, the Minister of Information Technology leadership, IT exports increased by more than 250 per cent. IT exports in India’s youngest State are expected to rise to Rs 1.45 lakh crore in 2020-21, up from Rs 57,000 crore in 2013-14. The number of IT/ITES jobs is expected to double to 6.28 lakhs in 2020-21, up from 3.23 lakhs in 2013-14.
Lover of Nature and Development:
One of the most remarkable achievements KTR has thought through is the revitalization of the historic Tank Bund to restore its former glory. With its exotic streetscape dotted with Victorian-style lighting, beautifully paved sidewalks on either side and well-manicured and lush green cover on one side, it has transformed the look and feel of the place.
The Development Guy:
A slew of development activities has altered Hyderabad’s appearance. However, the Minister consistently asserts that much work remains to be done and is being done to make Hyderabad a global city.
The Metro project, which had been stalled until then, gained momentum after KTR became Municipal Administration Minister in 2016, and phase 1 was launched in December 2017.
The Multi-Tasking Guy:
Telangana has the advantage of having KCR provide the State’s umbrella-level leadership covering all aspects of administration, law, order, rural development, irrigation, and welfare. KTR focuses on urban development, industry, information technology, investments, and other allied sectors, complementing the Chief Minister’s efforts.
The International Poster Boy:
KTR became the poster boy for Telangana at any national or international forum, such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) summit in Davos, showcasing the State’s investment-friendly climate and attracting many marquee companies.
During his visits to the United States of America, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and other countries, he successfully positioned Telangana as the preferred destination for investors.
KTR oversaw the massive drinking water scheme that provided tap connections to every Telangana household. The Mission Bhageeratha scheme was designed so that the ducts used to pump drinking water were also used to lay optical fibre lines as part of the Telangana Fiber Grid project to connect all homes with convergence internet service.
References: Telangana Today
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