Telangana to have a foreign ministry

Telangana is poised to become the first state to get its own `external affairs' ministry , with chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao set to make his son K Taraka Rama Rao the state's first `foreign minister'. Foreign affairs have been the exclusive domain of the Centre till now.
Officials said the announcement is expected in a couple of days. The new ministry will add to the portfolios of KTR, who has the highest number of ministries, including plum portfolios like information technology , industries & commerce, municipal administration and urban development .
“It is a long pending demand from Telangana diaspora that the state must have a ministry for foreign and NRI affairs,“ a TRS MP said. The ministry will promote Telangana as an investment destination and market it the best among the industrialized states in India. And KTR is best suited for the purpose,“ said Boora Narasaiah Goud, Bhuvanagiri MP, who was part of many delegations visiting foreign countries in the past two years. KTR on Friday said in a meeting with a group of new recruits to Gulf countries that the government plans to implement a new NRI policy .
“The draft of the NRI policy is ready and a meeting will be called on July 16 before finalizing it,“ he said. A GAD official said the idea was borrowed from Kerala where a minister has been given a responsibility of looking after welfare of migrants from the state settled in foreign countries.
“No state except Kerala and Punjab has a government wing to deal with issues related to migrants. We studied both the models and formulated our own policy to be the most advanced. We are going to have a separate ministry which would work as an external affairs ministry for the state, in coordination with the foreign ministry of India,“ said the official. The full-fledged ministry for NRI affairs is going to have secretariat helmed by a special chief secretary and department secretaries.

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