By: Ashfaq Hussain Syed, Chicago
Member of Parliament and daughter of Telangana CM, Ms. Kavitha Kalvakuntla said the newly-carved Telangana State is endowed with abundant natural resources and the state Government has formulated several innovative developmental projects in diverse fields like Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality, Media and Film Industry, Power Generation, Real Estate Development, Food Processing, Textiles, IT, Agriculture, Fertilizers, etc. with a view to transforming it into ‘Golden Telengana State’. The NRIs, across the globe, can participate in this unique historical opportunity by making huge investments in these projects which represent a win-win situation both to the NRIs and to the Telangana State. A high-profile reception was organized in her honor by prominent business and community leaders, under the leadership of Iftekhar Shareef at his sprawling residence in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Ms. Kavitha stated that the Government of Telengana State has enhanced the social security network at a staggering pace in order to take better care of the poor, the needy and the aged. She added that generous budgetary provisions have been made in order to make them important stakeholders in achieving the cherished goal of balanced socio-economic transformation of the State.
Amidst applause Ms. Kavitha announced that she will sign MoU between Chicago State University and Telangana University. It would provide for student/faculty exchange, sharing of academic resources, joint research/training initiatives, and global exposure to the students of Telengana State. She urged NRIs to host ‘Bathkamma’ festival on the lines and scale of Gujarati Garba with a view to giving a boost to the Telangana culture.
At the national front, Ms. Kavitha pointed out that the relationship between the Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is vibrant, which is paving the way for the multifaceted development of the State. She lauded Narendra Modi profusely for his vision of redefining the federal concept that gives more power to the individual states to govern their destinies.
Ms. Kavitha called upon the need on the part of the Indians not only to catch up with the economic growth rate of China but also to exceed it and felt that the NRIs can contribute their mite in accelerating this momentum. Referring to the processing of the Green Card proposals to the Chinese in an expeditious fashion, she requested the US authorities to extend the same treatment to the Indian professionals considering their fairy tale fusion of positive work ethics, mastery over the English language, and the skills in computer software, networking and hardware.
Consul General of India, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed stated that he had the opportunity of meeting Telengana Chief Minister during his visit to Hyderabad early this year. He said he discussed with him several specific proposals and initiatives. Consul General outlined his plans to facilitate collaborations of Telangana state with educational institutions and universities including Purdue University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois. He also disclosed that he has extended an invitation to the Chief Minister to lead a trade delegation to the USA.
Host of the event prominent NRI and first dual citizen Iftekhar Shareef, a native Telanganite, stated that the State has a buoyant market for lucrative investments, especially in the area of the augmentation of solar energy. He added that the business climate in Telangana is ripe with outstanding investment opportunities which provide a platform to the NRIs for serving not only the State of their origin but also to reap a healthy return on the investments. He urged all Telugu Associations, across the globe, to join hands to promote ‘Bathkamma’ festival. He also stressed on the bnecessity to take firm steps to boost Hyderabadi Urdu talent. He assured that he will play his part to vigorously promote ‘Brand Telangana’.
In his brief remarks, former Mayor Ramirez Gonzalez said that he looks forward to the opportunity to visit Telangana State to advance business relationships in multiple areas.
Raja Krishnamoorthi, US Congressional candidate commended Ms. Kavitha and reiterated the importance of solar energy as a key area of investment and collaboration.
Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, Immediate-past FIA President presented a shawl and bouquet to Ms. Kavitha on behalf of FIA-Chicago.
Leading personalities from all walks of life were present including Trustees and members of American Telugu Association (ATA), Karunakar Madhavaram, immediate Past President, ATA, Syed Rafi of Dream India Developer Group from Hyderabad, Harish Kolasani, Dr. Siraj Ahmed, Dr. Kapadia, Ajai Agnihotri, Kanti Patel, Madhav Reddy, Hanumanth Reddy, Bhailal Patel, Sanhita Agnihotri, Minhaj Akhtar, Satya Kandimalla, Dr Dharram Hanumanth Reddy.