Hyderabad: IT and Industries Minister, K.T. Rama Rao, has said that the Union of India has to transfer some items from the concurrent list to the state list to boost the performance of the states. “Stronger states will lead to a stronger country,” he said.
The minister was participating in a panel discussion on the Union of States along with chief ministers of Punjab, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh and the minister for industries, commerce and information technology from Andhra Pradesh at the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit 2019 in New Delhi.
The panellists discussed the dynamics between the centre and the states and cities as the engines of growth.
Mr Rama Rao said that the government of India has to be an enabler instead of coming in the way of states which receive capital from various lending agencies.
The minister also highlighted the TS government’s industrial policy, TS-iPASS, a single-window clearance initiative for investors. He said
TS was consistently ranked top in Ease of Doing Business in the country.
When asked about urbanisation, the minister replied that people move to cities for a better livelihood, health care, and education opportunities.
"India is run by the urban pockets which are the prime contributors to the GDP or the GSDP," he added.
Speaking about decentralisation at the state level, he said that Telangana began with 10 districts and presently has 33 districts, 3400 village panchayats, and new revenue divisions...