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‘Backward Telangana is a myth’

The Srikrishna Committee report has found Telangana more advanced than the other two regions in Andhra Pradesh,at times even when Hyderabad is not part of the comparisons. Sreenivas Janyala reports on the findings

Written by Sreenivas Janyala |
January 7, 2011 2:46:31 am

The Srikrishna Committee has found Telangana far from backward; its report has described the region as more developed than either Rayalaseema or Coastal Andhra,even when Hyderabad is excluded.

The committee compared statistics for various parameters from the three regions,leaving “highly developed” Hyderabad out of some of the comparisons to ensure fairness. Telangana topped the other regions in terms of power infrastructure,irrigation,agriculture subsidy,government employment and literacy levels.


One myth the report busts is that Telangana lacks power infrastructure. It compares power consumption by various consumer categories from 1971-71 to 2008-2009. Current figures as well as growth is the highest in Telangana. Also,citing 2009-10 figures,the report points out that Telangana consumes more power than Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra put together.

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The number of low tension consumers is not only the highest in Telangana but has grown the fastest in that region. Also,Telangana consumes more power than Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra put together.

Power consumption by agricultural consumers was 10,144 million units in Telangana,compared to Rayalaseema (4,349 mu) and Coastal Andhra (3,788 mu). “This shows that Telangana region is making maximum use of electricity for agricultural consumers,” the report says.

The number of sub-stations,as on 2009-10,is the highest in Telangana. “This means that the Telangana region has the best transmission and distribution system,” the report says.

The total connected load (HT and LT) has risen the fastest in Telangana,(770 MW in 1971-72 to 16,739 MW in 2008-09) compared to Rayalaseema (474 MW to 5,402 MW) and Coastal Andhra (949 MW to 16,203 MW). “It means that the demand of electricity in Telangana region is higher as compared to other regions and the electricity department is meeting the demand,” the report says.


“From the analysis of various power sector indicators,it is seen that power sector in Telangana region has progressed very well vis-a-vis the other two regions and that there has not been any discrimination in Telangana,Rayalaseema or Coastal Andhra regions,” the report says.

“The consumption of electricity in Telangana region is the highest as compared to other regions,indicating the prosperous status of the region,” it adds.


The committee compared employee figures in the five wings of the Andhra Pradesh electricity network,one of the largest government employment sectors. APGenco and APTransco both employed the highest number of employees fom Telangana. Of the 4,055 employees in Telangana,1,724 worked in their native place; of 1,505 in Rayalaseema,774 worked in their native place; of 2,665 in Coastal Andhra,1,667 worked at their native place. “The above data shows that the number of sanctioned posts,number of employees working and number of employees working in APTransco based on the native place of the employee is the highest in Telangana,” the report states.


Dispelling the notion that most government jobs have been taken by people from non-Telangana regions,the report gives the example of Kothagudam Thermal Power Station (Khammam,Telangana) where 68 per cent of the employees hail from Telangana. In the Rayalaseema Thermal Power Station (Kadapa,Rayalaseema),however,91 per cent employees are from the local region.


Telangana,excluding Hyderabad,has 38 per cent of the state’s higher secondary schools and junior colleges,lower than Coastal Andhra’s 39 per cent but higher if Hyderabad’s 8 per cent is added.

In 2008-09,there were 181 government and aided degree colleges in Coastal Andhra,159 in Telangana,and 79 in Rayalaseema.

In 2009-10,Telangana including Hyderabad had 286 engineering colleges followed by Coastal Andhra with 233 colleges and Rayalaseema with 87. Of the 286 engineering colleges in Telangana,152 are in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts.

Osmania University (Telangana) received a grant of Rs 75 crore in 2009-10 and Rs 49.22 crore in 2008-09,Andhra University (Coastal) received Rs 61.08 crore and Rs 40.72 crore,Kakatiya University (Telangana) received Rs 18.75 crore and Rs 24.87 crore,Nagarjuna University (Coastal) Rs 15.50 crore and Rs 7.70 crore,Sri Venkateshwara University(Rayalaseema) got Rs 33.60 crore and Rs 44.75 crore,and Sri Krishnadevaraya University (Rayalaseema) got Rs 11.63 crore and Rs 15.51 crore.



The report states that Andhra Pradesh has made important gains in consumption growth and poverty reduction since 1983. “This growth has been broadly even; the average gain over close to 25 years was 64 per cent with the non SC/STs and non Muslim group recording a somewhat higher percentage growth of 71 per cent. Between regions,the rate of growth in Telangana was the fastest at 71 per cent,while Rayalaseema grew at 58 per cent and Coastal Andhra at 61 per cent,” the report states.

* On Other Backward Classes,the report says “Telangana OBCs have the lowest poverty levels and the highest (along with Coastal Andhra) per capita consumption levels. Among all social groups in Telangana,OBCs are above the SCs and STs and equal to Muslims,both in terms of consumption and poverty levels.”

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First published on: 07-01-2011 at 02:46:31 am

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