A first in any Indian state government, Telangana is set to form a separate ministry to deal with matters concerning foreign trade and investment.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s son and current State Minister for IT and Panchayati Raj will be given the charge of this new department of ‘Foreign Affairs ‘ of the new ministry.
Telangana government has taken this initiative after it has decided to formulate a separate policy for Non Resident Indians, especially those belonging to the state of Telangana.
KTR on Friday said in a public meeting in Hyderabad that he is meeting with a group of representatives from Gulf countries about government’s plans to implement a new NRI policy.
Speaking exclusively to Rajya Sabha TV, Telangana State IT secretary said that this ministry will provide a centralised infrastructure to coordinate between Union Home department and Ministry of External Affairs on matters relating to the people of Telangana.
“Lot of our state people are in gulf, USA, UK and several other Asian countries. We receive frequent calls from them for support and help. We want to create a centralised infrastructure so that we can provide a one point contact and solve their issues,” said the IT secretary.
K Taraka Rama Rao , who already holds the most number of portfolios in the KCR cabinet, will spearhead state’s outreach to the rest of the world to attract investment.
As per the federal structure marked clearly in the Constitution of India, external affairs are the exclusive preserve of the Union government. The Coordinating Ministry in Telangana is expected to act as a bridge between state, centre and NRI’s who are keen on investing in Hyderabad, the capital of the new state.
While a separate External Affairs ministry is a first of its kind in any state, Kerala has also initiated on the similar lines few years back when it started an arrangement where a dedicated minister looks after the welfare of migrants from the state.