AP Inks Pact With Singapore For Amaravati Startup

AP Government had signed MoU with Singapore for the development of Startup area in Amaravati core capital region.

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government had signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore Government to develop the 1961 acre StartUP area in the core capital of Amaravati. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry, S Iswaran, signed the MoU.

Welcoming the initiative, Singapore Minister said that they would live up to the expectations of the government in developing Amaravati as the peoples’ capital. He said that in a span of two years they have moved on to the first step of realising the vision of building a new city. He further said that Singapore would help the AP government in mobilising global investments to the State.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that he was overwhelmed at the turn of events in just two years. He said he had promised during the 2014 elections to build a global city for the State as its capital and today he could make a first step towards achieving the goal. He asserted that Amaravati would be one of the top five global cities very soon. Stating that he is aware of the quality and speed maintained by the Singapore in every work, he expressed confidence that Amaravati would be a reality soon.

He recalled the bifurcation of the State in 1953 from composite Madras State and relocation in Kurnool. He said that people of Andhra have gone to Hyderabad on the demand for unity of the Telugu speaking people. However, after 60 years, the people of Andhra were thrown out of Hyderabad on streets having no capital and no revenue. He said people of the State have trusted him for his abilities and experience in developing Hyderabad during his earlier stint. It was with that confidence in him, people have voted for him in 2014, he said.

Having come to power, he was going at a greater speed competing with national and international governments and corporate companies in developing Andhra Pradesh, he asserted. He said he was trying to overcome all the difficulties after bifurcation and was exploring all the resources to develop the State. He thanked the farmers of the capital region for giving 33,000 acres of land for the capital in land pooling system, which is a record in the world.

The Singapore Consortium would develop the core capital after developing and marketing the startup area, a joint venture project between AP government and Singapore government. The two governments would share the profits of the developed startup area at 58-42 ratio.

Later, the Chief Minister and the Singapore Minister visited the StartUp area near Uddanadarayapalem and visited the photo exhibition organised by the APCRDA detailing the progress of the capital works.

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Amaravati goes Rs 35cr high for New Year

  • Highest ever spending in recent years
  • AP nets Rs 162 crores from boozers

 Dara Gopi

Vijayawada: The ‘world class’ new capital of Andhra Pradesh Amaravati had witnessed its people spending over Rs 35 crores on one day on liquor. This was the highest ever spending by the people for New Year in the recent past.

Amaravati, spread over parts of Krishna and Guntur, had spent this huge amount on liquor with people celebrating the New Year on Saturday night and Sunday. While Guntur district had received the highest revenue of Rs 17.50 crores for the New Year celebrations, the Krishna district received Rs 17.47 crores from the boozers. The YSR Kadapa district stood at the lowest in the State with Rs 6.67-crore spending.

While the State had witnessed whopping revenue of Rs 151.40 crores for the 2015 New Year, this year, the revenue went up to Rs 162.52 crores, recording an increase of Rs 11.12 crores.

The State had experienced record sale of liquor on the first day of the New Year receiving Rs 80.79 crores, while it had seen the liquor sales netting Rs 81.79 crores on the last day of 2016. This is over 8 times more than the normal revenue that the State gets from the liquor sales every day. The average daily sale of liquor is around Rs 10 crores on ordinary days, leaving weekend and festivals. On the weekend and festivals, the revenue is around Rs 30 crores to Rs 40 crores a day in the State.

After the capital districts, East Godavari district topped netting revenue of Rs 16.11 crores followed by Visakhapatnam and Nellore districts with Rs 15.39 crores and Rs 15.23 crores. West Godavari and Chittoor districts stood in the third place with revenue of Rs 13.52 crores and Rs 13.07 crores for the New Year. The Kurnool district received revenue of Rs 10.62 crores closely followed by the backward districts of Vizianagaram with Rs 9.99 crores, Prakasam with Rs 9.93 crores and Srikakulam with Rs 9.78 crores.

Ananthapur district which had suffered due to severe drought this year for the kharif season, despite the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu camping there with rain guns to save the standing crops, had seen the liquor sale for the New Year at Rs 7.24 crores.

The demonetization had no effect on the liquor sales as a majority of wine shops and bars have gone digital. The liquor is easily available on digital transactions making it easy for the boozers to have their drink. This had helped in the whopping sale of liquor on just one day, the New Year day.

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AP to dilute Land Acquisition Act 2013

  • Set to drop or simplify some provisions
  • Social Impact Assessment period to come down to 15 days from 60 days

 Dara Gopi

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to make amendments to the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013, popularly called Land Acquisition Act 2013.

Though the Narendra Modi government itself had proposed changes to this Act to simplify the severity of the conditions in the Act, it could not do so as Rajya Sabha had rejected it. Following this, the States are making changes to the Act, modifying the critical clauses to suit to their needs.

It was the Gujarat government that had taken the initiative to change the Act followed by Telangana. Now, the Andhra Pradesh government is set to follow suit and make amendments that help the government acquire the lands.

The AP government had set a target of acquiring over 14 lakh acres in all the 13 districts for industries, industrial corridors, ports, airports and food parks. There has been severe resistance from the people in land acquisition while the Opposition parties, particularly the Left have been insisting upon the government to follow the provisions of Land Acquisition Act 2013. The government had found the clauses of this Act very critical and hence decided to amend them.

The governments which are pro-industry and are set to give lands for the industrial establishments are finding the three clauses of the 2013 Act as barrier. The 2013 Act insists upon the governments to take the consent of the farmers, get the approval of the respective gram panchayat and do the social impact assessment in the area in 60 days.

The governments are finding it near to impossible to get the consent of the farmers for the land acquisition in majority cases. Similarly getting the respective gram panchayats to pass a resolution in favour of acquisition has also become a tough task for the governments. The 60-day period of conducting social impact assessment to assess the livelihood threat to the agriculture workers and others who are depending on these lands is also causing unrest leading to a major block for the governments.

Keeping these factors into consideration, the AP government is planning to add a new clause giving exemption from the original clauses of farmers’ consent and the gram panchayat resolution for land acquisition for certain purposes. This include infrastructure development, electricity, rural development, housing, industrial corridors and projects proposed under public-private partnership. These projects would not require getting the consent of the farmers and the approval of the respective grama panchayats and it would make the government easy to take the lands through the respective district Collector. The government is also contemplating to bring down the time of 60 days for the social impact study to 15 days and announce a compensation and rehabilitation to the oustees.

These amendments would give a free hand to the State government to take lands from the people and give them to the industrialists as proposed. The AP government has been planning to go for land acquisition in a big way for ports, airports and industrial corrodors across the State.

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నవ రాజధాని కొత్త చాంబర్లో సీఎం

  • డ్వాక్రా రుణమాఫీపై తొలి సంతకం
  • మహిళల పరిస్థితిపై మీడియాకు ఉద్బోధ
  • అమెరికా అధ్యక్ష అభ్యర్థి ట్రంప్ ప్రస్తావన

వెలగపూడి: ఇక్కడ నిర్మాణంలో ఉన్న ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ రాజధానిలోని తన కొత్త ఛాంబర్ లోకి సుముహూర్తాన, వేద పండితుల ఆశీస్సుల మధ్య ముఖ్యమంత్రి చంద్రబాబు నాయుడు ఈ రోజు అడుగుపెట్టారు. ఆయన వెంట పలువురు మంత్రులు, ఉన్నతాధికారులు, ఎమ్మేల్యేలు ఉన్నారు. అంతకు ముందు ఆయన పూజలు నిర్వహించారు.

తన ఛాంబర్ లోని సీట్లో కూర్చున్న తర్వాత నవ శకానికి నాంది పలికామన్న ముఖ్యమంత్రి డ్వాక్రా మహిళల రుణమాఫీ ఫైలుపై తొలి సంతకం పెడుతూ పని ప్రారంభించారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా ఏర్పాటు చేసిన మీడియా సమావేశంలో ఆయన మాట్లాడుతూ డ్వాక్రా రుణమాఫీ ఫైలుపైనే తను సంతకం ఎందుకు చేశారో వివరించారు.  అక్కడ హాజరైన మీడియా బృందంలో ఒక్క మహిళ కూడా లేకపోవడాన్ని ఆయన ఎత్తి చూపారు. అమెరికా అధ్యక్ష అభ్యర్థి డొనాల్డ్ ట్రంప్ మహిళల గురించి అసభ్యంగా మాట్లాడడాన్ని ప్రస్తావించి దానిపై ప్రపంచంలోని మహిళ లందరూ స్పందిస్తున్నారని వ్యాఖ్యానించారు. అంతటా సమాజంలో మహిళల్ని చులకనగా చూస్తూనే ఉన్నారనీ, దాంతో వాళ్ళ మనోభావాలు దెబ్బతింటున్నాయనీ,   ఆడపిల్లల పెంపకంలో తల్లి దండ్రులు కూడా వివక్ష చూపిస్తూ ఉంటారనీ, చదువొద్దని పెళ్లి చేసి అత్తవారింటికి పంపేస్తారనీ, అక్కడ భర్త ఆమెకు హద్దులు విధిస్తాడనీ, తల్లి అయ్యాక పిల్లలు కూడా  లెక్క చేయరని మహిళల పరిస్థితిని వివరించారు.

ఇవన్నీ దృష్టిలో ఉంచుకునే మహిళలకు ఆర్థిక బలం కలిగించడం కోసం తను డ్వాక్రా సంఘాలను పటిష్టంగా తయారు చేశానని చెప్పారు. ఇప్పుడు 82, 91, 147 మంది ఈ సంఘాల్లో సభ్యులుగా ఉన్నారని, తొలి విడతగా 1200 కోట్ల డ్వాక్రా రుణాలను మాఫీ చేశామనీ, ఇప్పుడు 2,500 కోట్లు విడుదల చేస్తున్నామని చెప్పారు.

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Center Extends Support For New Capital: Venkaiah

HYDERABAD: Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu today said the center would extend support for building of new capital for Andhra Pradesh. He said his ministry has sanctioned 1,000 crore rupees for the new capital.

Talking to media here, Naidu said the people in the country are aware of the achievements of the Modi Government during the one-year. He said while the performance of the NDA Government was good in one-year rule, the previous Congress regime had ruined the entire system, which was being restored now by the Modi Government.

Lambasting the opposition parties for criticizing the government for criticism sake, the union minister said they (opposition) were unable to digest the efficient functioning of the Modi Government as the government was working as expected by the people in a transparent manner.

Naidu said the Modi Government’s only aim was to provide better services to the people, and Swacch Bharat is the program to maintain cleanliness in the country. All possible measures were taken by the government to provide livelihood to poor people, he added.

Imparting skill development to poor, construction of houses and smart city program would begin next month, Naidu said. He also said that by 2020, houses would be provided to all families in the country. (NSS)

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