Telangana is poised to get an 'external affairs' ministry with chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao set to make his son K Taraka Rama Rao (KTR) the first 'foreign minister' of the state.
Telangana's foreign ministry will oversee NRI affairs and the state's relationship with various other countries, beside promoting the newly-formed state as an investment destination and marketing it as the best among the industrialised states in India. As per the speculations, the Telangana state government is planning to formulate its own NRI policy, the highlight of which is a proposal to establish a separate ministry for promoting Telangana off-shore.
"It is a long pending demand from Telangana diaspora across the world that state must have a dedicated ministry for foreign and NRI affairs. The ministry will promote Telangana as an investment destination and market it the best among the industrialized states in India”, said an MP from the state.
However, as per the federal set-up of India, external affairs are the exclusive preserve of the Union government. So, if at all it happens it will definitely be first-of-its-kind in India. No state except Kerala and Punjab has a government wing to deal with issues related to migrants.
The new ministry will add to the portfolios of KTR, who already has the highest number of ministries, including information technology (IT), industries & commerce, municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD).