"People of Telangana are looking forward for a progressive and development-oriented state. We will work in that direction and ensure a transparent administration. We will make Telangana a model state in the country in all respects," KCR said while addressing a ceremonial parade to mark the Telangana formation day at the Parade Grounds in Secunderabad.

Rao further said that the Telangana government would maintain cordial relationship not only with the Centre but also neighbouring states.

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“A Telangana State Advisory Council would be constituted with editors and other eminent people from various sectors to guide the government,” the Chief Minister announced.
    
"In line with the promises we made on the eve of the elections, welfare will be top on our agenda. In the next five years, the TRS government will spend Rs one lakh crore for the welfare on SCs, STs, Backward Classes and minorities. Of this, Rs 50,000 crore will be spent on SC welfare alone," KCR said.

"We will not leave scope for even a single rupee corruption in spending the welfare funds," he promised.

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KCR also assured farmers that the government would soon implement its promise of waiving off farm loans up to Rs one lakh each and make Telangana the "Seed Bowl of India".

The government would also come out with a new industrial policy soon to attract investments into the new state and create jobs, he said.

Telangana came into existence as the 29th state of India on Monday and TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) was sworn in as its first Chief Minister, capping the decades-old struggle in the region for carving out a separate state from Andhra Pradesh.

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60-year-old KCR took oath as Chief Minister along with his son K T Rama Rao, nephew T Harish Rao and nine others administered by Governor E S L Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan.
    
Celebrations erupted in the state to mark the historic event that came after a long-drawn-out process of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

KCR reviews colourful parade

After taking charge of the top post, Rao unfurled the national flag and reviewed a colourful parade here to mark the formation of the 29th state. He hoisted the tricolour and took salute at an impressive parade held at Parade Grounds, Secunderabad.

It was a historic moment as KCR unfurled the flag at the main official celebrations, attended by his cabinet colleagues, senior officials, and a large number of policemen and people.

Rao, who played a key role in the state's formation, waved at the crowd as he drove in an open top vehicle at the sprawling ground to review the parade. There were loud cheers from the people, some of whom were holding national flags.

Various battalions of police from different parts of Telangana, City Armed Reserve, mounted police, Special protection Force (SPF) and home guard participated in the parade.

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(JPN/Agencies)

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