Bifurcating Pulivendula, Naidu’s Gameplan To Trouble Jagan

Amaravati: If there is a sight of opposition raising its popularity, all you need to do is to implement a game plan to suppress it by all means. This is the main principle followed by the ruling party to perpetuate itself in power after next elections.

AP CM Chandrababu Naidu is an expert in these tricks. Who can vie with him either in money or muscle power? Naidu is trying to fix him in Assembly. But Jagan has been bouncing back. Now the CBI has filed a petition in the special court requesting far cancellation of bail for Jagan since he allegedly tried to influence the witnesses.

The provocation is an interview given by Ramakantha Reddy, former chief secretary, who was questioned by the CBI in connection with the Disproportionate Assets case. The interview was taken by senior journalist Kommineni Srinivasa Rao and it was telecast by Sakshi TV. Jagan is not connected to the channel any more. He saw the the interview on the TV channel like any other viewer. He was asked to respond before April 7 in connection with the CBI petition.

Naidu is hoping that the CBI would create trouble for Jagan. If this doesn’t work, the next step will be to bifurcate Pulivendula constituency. Two mandals each from Jammalamadugu and Pulivendula constituencies would taken out and clubbed to create a third constituency as part of delimitation for which the NDA government is said to positively inclined.

The idea is to beat Jagan on his home turf. Once a strong supporter of the YSRCP, Jammalamadugu MLA Adinarayana Reddy is now with the TDP. He has been elected from Jammalamadugu for four times. He is influential in that area. He can work in all the three constituencies to weaken the YSRC candidates in general and Jagan in particular. Naidu is depending on Adinarayana Reddy , as a second option, to create trouble for Jagan.

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AP CM claims On Forming Effective Cabinet, Says Political Management Is Also Important

He said that Andhra Pradesh was ahead in adopting modern technology in development and wanted the Ministers and officials to explore more possibilities of adopting advanced technology in every field.

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said that he had done the greatest exercise to form an effective Cabinet in the State. Addressing a meeting of the Heads of Departments minutes before the first Cabinet meeting after the rejig, Chandrababu Naidu said that this Cabinet would take the State to the third place in the country in the next five years. He said that he had taken into consideration all aspects including administrative abilities of the candidates while taking them into the Cabinet. “Political management and administrative capabilities are important to develop the State,” he asserted.

The Chief Minister wanted the Ministers to work hard making best use of the available technology. He said that Andhra Pradesh was ahead in adopting modern technology in development and wanted the Ministers and officials to explore more possibilities of adopting advanced technology in every field. The Chief Minister said that the RTA Commissioner N Balasubrahmanyam would hold charge of the e-Pragathi in the State taking technology forward.

Chandrababu Naidu expressed concern over getting Central funds on time. He regretted that there is unwanted delay in getting the Central funds and asked the Ministers and officials to focus on it. He wanted every rupee to be taken from the government and spent for the State in a planned way. Stating that the Central government had given an additional Rs 350 crore to the State for better performance shown in promoting horticulture, the Chief Minister asked the Chief Secretary to monitor the implementation of the Centrally-sponsored schemes.

He asked the Ministers and the officials to ensure that the satisfaction levels of the people had crossed 80 per cent in all welfare programmes of the State. He wanted the Ministers to get into action and see that the developmental activity in the State.

Later, the Chief Minister chaired the first cabinet meeting after the reshuffle. He congratulated the new Ministers and introduced them to the other members of the Cabinet.

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State To Have 100 Percent LPG By June 2, AP CM

AP CM said that his goal is to ensure that Andhra Pradesh has 100 per cent LPG coverage by June 2.

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in a review meeting with the officials of the civil supplies department today said that his goal is to ensure that Andhra Pradesh has 100 per cent LPG coverage by June 2.

For Andhra Pradesh to go smokeless, the Chief Minister highlighted the role of collectors in gathering data with regard to the families yet to receive LPG connections. He asked them to gather details of the households who are yet to receive the gas connections and submit the same to the oil companies by the 10th of this month.

He added that the West Godavari District which is 100% LPG connected should serve as an example for the rest of the districts.

The officials of the department apprised the Chief Minister that there are about 28,49,390 households who are yet to receive gas connections. Out of the 29,49,390 households, 12 lakh homes should receive connections by this month end and another 16 lakh connections should be provided by May 31st, ordered the Chief Minister. He added that he would take up review with the civil supplies department once in every 10 days. 

Under the Tribal LPG Package, 5 kg LPG refill cylinder is being provided to 1.57 lakh tribal households. This initiative is costing Rs 45 crore. To understand the food and nutritional requirements of the people of the State, the officials today proposed to create individual wise health profiles.

Ragi, Bajra, Jowar and other millets should have place in the day to day diet, the Chief Minister said. When the officials informed the Chief Minister that they are importing finger millet (Ragi) from Karnataka, he said that its time to see that farmers take up Ragi cultivation and asked the agriculture officials to take note of this.  

The government plans to introduce GPS to track all Public Distributions System’s vehicles in the State.  The Chief Minister stressed the need to encourage more cashless transactions in State’s PDS system.

The Krishna district leads the way in cashless PDS transactions with 27 per cent, West Godavari district with 17 per cent and East Godavari District with 16 per cent. To encourage cashless transactions among the people, the government proposes to announce 1 lakh cash price to one beneficiary from every district for the months of April and May. This apart, mobile phones will be distributed to 5 thousand people.  

When the officials brought to the notice of the Chief Minister that subsidy on Sugar was discontinued by the Central Government, the Chief Minister asked them to write to the center and request for its reintroduction.

 

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Naidu Shows Political Diligence To Induct Lokesh Into Cabinet

Hyderabad: The rule “practice what you preach” seems to find no place in the “ethics book” of AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as is evident after he inducted four defectors from other parties into his ministry, which he expanded on Sunday.

Naidu expanded his 20-member Cabinet for the first time in two-and-a-half years mainly to ensure a berth for his son Nara Lokesh for which he has been working diligently all these years. After making sure of his son getting elected as an MLC, he took the next obvious step to induct him in his cabinet on Sunday. He claimed that he was reshuffling his ministry to weed out some deadwood besides giving an opportunity to a few new faces.

As per his well-scripted plan, Naidu dropped five members from his cabinet. He expanded the Cabinet by inducting 11 new members, including five in the place of those dropped. Among those inducted into his new ministry were four members, who had defected from YSR Congress. They are: Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao, Amarnath Reddy, Adinarayana Reddy and Bhuma Akhila Priya.

Though he dropped two women ministers from his earlier cabinet, he inducted only one woman — Akhila Priya — during the rejig. What is intriguing is that in his 26-member Cabinet, there was not a single Muslim minority.

Naidu claimed that the reshuffle and expansion exercise of his Cabinet was mainly with an objective of getting prepared and winning the elections in 2019, one cannot ignore the fact that his hidden agenda was to elevate his son Nara Lokesh as an heir apparent for his political legacy.

There is no denial of the fact that the TD supremo was trying to emulate his counterpart K. Chandrasekhar Rao in Telangana. Like KCR, who was grooming his son K.T. Rama Rao as his heir- apparent by entrusting him with important portfolios like IT and Municipal Administration, even Naidu seemed to be keen on allotting to his son crucial ministries like IT and Panchayat Raj.

What has come as a big shock was that Naidu, who made a hue and cry over Telangana Chief Minister KCR inducting Talasani Srinivas Yadav, who had defected from Telugu Desam in the TRS Ministry, has himself audaciously inducted four defectors from YSR Congress in his Cabinet.

It is pertinent to recall here how Chandrababu Naidu accused even Governor ESL Narasimhan of administering oath of office to Srinivas Yadav, who had not resigned from the TD and continued to remain a TD member. He even charged the Telangana Assembly Speaker of unethical practices of not disqualifying Srinivas Yadav under the Anti-Defection Law and allowing to be even inducted into the TRS ministry.

What is more, Naidu even tried to move heaven and earth in New Delhi accusing KCR of practicing undemocratic and unconstitutional and unethical practices.

Surprisingly the same Naidu, who talked about ethics in politics, seemed to have conveniently forgotten his own preaching to his political opponents of the neighbouring State and unabashedly inducted as many as four defectors into his ministry ostensibly on the plea that all is fair in love and war. But his actions have definitely not gone well within his own party as many senior TD leaders have started to revolt against him.

Already disgruntlement started brewing in various districts across Andhra Pradesh. Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy, a senior leader, who has been in the TD since inception, hoisted the flag of revolt against Naidu by resigning from the party as well as his MLA post for being unceremoniously dropped from the Cabinet.

Many other senior leaders, including Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary, party’s general secretary Bonda Umamaheswar Rao and many other leaders at district-level have begun quitting the party. Even the Muslim minorities in the State are upset with the Chief Minister for not inducting a single member of the community in the Cabinet.

They alleged that the CM seemed to be “saffronising” the State under the influence of BJP with which the TD is an alliance partner both at the Centre as well as in the State.

Naidu’s action of inducting the four defectors from the YSR Congress also received flak from his own erstwhile minister and party leader Srinivas Yadav, now a minister in the KCR’s TRS Government. Srinivas Yadav ridiculed and lambasted Naidu of talking about unconstitutional and undemocratic practices and preaching political ethics when he himself had inducted defectors into this ministry.

Naidu has also become a target in this regard from the Congress and even the Left parties. Thus, the Chief Minister seems to have conveniently forgotten what he tried to preach to his political opponents.

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Naidu Settles Dissidence, Dhulipalla To Be AP TDP Chief

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Amaravati: The widespread dissidence in the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) over the Cabinet reshuffle is slowly settling down. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had taken serious note of the dissidence and had reportedly played his cards to calm down the sulking and protesting leaders.

According to the sources, the Chief Minister had decided on making senior leader Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar as the party AP president, the post held by K Kalavenkata Rao, who is now inducted into the Cabinet. The Chief Minister had already appointed Palle Raghunadha Reddy as the party chief whip replacing Kaluva Srinivasulu, who was taken into the new Cabinet. He had sent senior leaders to the sulking Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy who was dropped from the Cabinet.

Besides offering some benefits to the seniors, the Chief Minister is learned to have taken others to task. He had reportedly warned Chintamaneni Prabhakar and Bonda Umamaheswara Rao of serious repercussions if they failed to toe the party line. He had reportedly gave them a list of allegations against these leaders in which they were saved by him. The other seniors like Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary, Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy, Kagita Venkatrao, Modugula Venugopala Reddy, Payyavula Kesav, P Ramasubba Reddy and B K Pardhasaradhi too were offered better treatment by the party and government. It is said that these leaders have expressed satisfaction over the offers promised by the Chief Minister.

Ravela Kishore Babu, who was dropped from the Cabinet is said to be holding consultations with his supporters and some SC leaders in the State. He is said to be planning to quit the TDP and join the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Mayawati. It is said that he is holding consultatiosn with the Dalit groups in the State to take their views on his future course of action. Kishore Babu is planning to meet BSP chief soon, if he gets the support from the Dalit groups.

Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu had decided to hold his first Cabinet meeting on Tuesday at the Interim Secretariat. Though the chambers for the new Ministers are not ready yet, he had asked the Ministers to be available in the capital area.

The Chief Minister is understood to have decided to keep his ministers busy for the next two years. He is banking more on the new Ministers C Adinarayana Reddy and N Amarnatha Reddy to strengthen the party in the Rayalaseema region, while Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy and Kaluva Srinivasulu are picked up to counter the Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the Assembly.

 

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AgriGold Chairman Suffers Cardiac Stroke

Amaravati: The controversial AgriGold company chairman Avva Venkata Ramarao suffered cardiac stroke on Monday morning at his Eluru district jail. The jail officials, on learning about the complaint, rushed him to the government general hospital at Eluru. The officials are planning to shift him to Vijayawada for better treatment.

Ramarao was arrested in February 2016 on charges of cheating people by collecting deposits from them. The AP CID arrested him in Hyderabad and shifted him to Eluru. They were arrested by the CID following High Court directions in the financial misappropriation cases.

The depositors of the AgriGold which was into real estate and chit funds across the nine States in the country landed in trouble in 2014 and had been facing cases. The Andhra Pradesh Assembly witnessed heated exchange of the TDP and YSR Congress last week when the issue of doing justice to the victims came up for discussion. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the government was trying to do justice to the victims by putting the properties of the company for auction.

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Jagan Dares Chandrababu To Get 21 MLAs Quit

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Amaravati: Leader of Opposition and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday dared Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to make the 21 legislators who have defected to the party to quit and go for elections.

Interacting with the media persons in the Assembly lobbies, Jaganmohan Reddy alleged that Chandrababu Naidu had mastered the art of purchasing voters, be it general voters or the elected representatives. He took light of the party’s defeat in the three MLC elections held in Nellore, Kurnool and Kadapa districts. He alleged that the TDP chief had purchased the representatives of the local bodies in the three districts to win the MLC elections. He said that the YSR Congress had not contested the local body elections in Chittoor, Ananthapur, Srikakulam, West Godavari and East Godavari districts and left the seats to the TDP. The YSR Congress had contested the three MLC seats in Nellore, Kurnool and Kadapa because the party has clear majority in the three districts, he said and alleged that the TDP had purchased the YSR Congress leaders representing the local bodies.

While reacting to the ruling party’s claims over the MLC victory, Jaganmohan Reddy dared Chandrababu Naidu to get the 21 legislators resigned and go for fresh elections. He said his party would take the election results as referendum on the State government’s popularity, if TDP won all the 21 seats. He alleged that Chandrababu Naidu had turned politics into a costly affair by purchasing elected representatives right from the mandal parishad to the Assembly and Parliament. While stating that the MLC elections did not reflect the peoples’ support for the party, he asserted that the people would teach a fitting lesson to Chandrababu Naidu in the 2019 elections.

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Chandrababu Moots Happy Andhra Pradesh

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Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday reiterated that the government was marching ahead to make the State a Happy Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking on a thanks giving motion to Governor’s speech in the Assembly, Chandrababu Naidu said that the State had recorded 11.61 per cent growth rate and was heading for 15 per cent growth rate in the next 15-20 years. The State had taken up twin projects of Polavaram and Amaravati. The two projects would keep the State on the global map, he said. The Polavaram Project had provided irrigation water for the crops in the drought-prone Rayalaseema districts which had turned people to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). “The government had provided water for Pulivendula too and that had made even elected representatives to back the TDP. The popular support is visible in the just-concluded MLC elections,” he said.

He said that the TDP government had completed the irrigation projects to save every drop of water in the State. The lift irrigations and the water harvesting measures including farm ponds have benefited to the people who are looking now at the TDP, he said and asserted that the TDP would be in power as long as the Telugu State existed. “I was voted to power as people trusted my abilities after the bifurcation and now, I am confident that people would vote me to power in 2019 too as they are happy and satisfied with the developmental initiatives of this government,” Chandrababu Naidu asserted.

Referring to Amaravati, the Chief Minister said that the city would be one of the top five cities in the world. The city would have world class facilities and plans with nine cities and 27 townships. The six lane and four lane roads proposed for the new capital city and the inner and outer ring roads too would keep the city on the global map, he added. The Amaravati-Ananthapur expressway would be the third expressway in the country, he asserted.

Chandrababu Naidu said that the Amaravati is being planned as the global city and global destination. The government was taking the best available practices across the world in planning and building the city. Astrologically, the water on the northeastern side would keep the city strong, he said and asserted that no force would destroy it. Those who are opposed to Amaravati are getting defeated and the latest MLC elections were an indication, he said.

The government had increased the pension coverage for the people, extended better funds for the welfare of the SCs, STs, BCs and Minorities. The government was also thinking of providing financial support to the economically poor from the OCs, he said. He also reiterated that the government was actively considering inclusion of the Kapus in the BC list. He recalled the allocation of funds for the welfare and uplift of all castes including Brahmins and said that his government was carrying all castes along.

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Malaysian Govt To Aid Fourth Generation Technology Park In Amaravati

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Amaravati: The Malaysian government had come forward to extend cooperation to set up small and medium companies in Andhra Pradesh. The state government had allotted 100 acres of land to set up fourth generation technology park in the capital region as a mark of beginning to attract 40 companies with an investment of Rs 350 crore.

The Malaysian Prime Minister is scheduled to enter into an MoU with the State government during his visit to the state in April. The Malaysian delegation met Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at secretariat and conveyed their government’s plans to invest in Amaravati.

The Malaysian industry- government group for high power technology (MIGHT) will act as facilitator to set up industries in AP. As part of fourth generation technology park, the MIGHT would develop a cluster to establish recycling plates and packing industries. The farmers will get additional income as the industries use the biodegradable material including haystock, sugarcane, maize waste materials.

The Malaysian delegation informed that the biodegradable products have a demand of ten billion dollars market in Europe and 300 billion dollars market in USA.

Dr S Samy Vellu, South Indian affairs in-charge said that the Malaysian government would extend cooperation for the development of Andhra Pradesh.

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Return Lepakshi lands to farmers, CPM tells AP CM

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Amaravati: The Communist Party of India-Marxist AP unit has asked the government to return the lands that were taken from the farmers at Chilamatturu mandal of Ananthapur district for the Lepakshi Knoweldge Hub (LKH).

CPI-M State secretary P Madhu, in an open letter requested Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to return the lands to the owners as the farmers have been struggling for survival without lands. He further said that not a single industry was established in these lands since they were acquired from the farmers in 2008. He recalled that the government had taken 8,844 acres of land from the farmers to establish the knowledge hub. He alleged that some of the farmers were not told about the intentions of the government in taking the land while a few were briefed about the plans to establish Lepakshi Knowledge Hub. He regretted that several of the farmers have not received the compensation from the government even after nine years.

The CPI-M leader said that the government had promised one job for each family when the lands were taken for the knowledge hub. The lands were pledged in the bank for a loan of Rs 790 crore without investing anything on the lands. The LKH had promised to invest around Rs 10,000 crore for industrial parks and provide around 1.50 lakh jobs to the people over a period 10 years. As the LKH failed to fulfil the conditions and the lands were attached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a CBI case, the CPI-M leader requested the Chief Minister to get the lands cleared by the ED and return them to the owners.

Madhu said that the TDP had promised to return these lands during the 2014 elections. He further said that the TDP had included this issue in its 2014 election manifesto and demanded that the party now turn the promise into a reality by giving the lands to the owners.

 

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AP CM asks contractor to shift machinery early to Polavaram site

 

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Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held a virtual inspection on the progress of the Polavaram Project today at his residence. While reviewing the presentation, the Chief Minister observed that the balance plant and machinery equipment has not arrived at the site and expressed his displeasure over it.

Equipments such as penta concrete batching plants, putzmeister 12 Cum Surge Crete, Putzmeister Telebelt, Putzmeister Agitator, concrete trucks, water chilling plants and etc are at various stages of transit. While some of these should have arrived at the site some weeks back it was noted by the Chief Minister that some of the equipments are still at the ports.

The Chief Minister who took stock of the status of each machinery said that officials should give top priority and concentrate on machinery procurement and suggested that monitoring be done regularly.

With regard to radial gates fabrication, the officials informed the Chief Minister that 300 MT of steel is already at site and another 2200 MT of steel will reach the site by 15th April 2017 in a phased manner.

The officials said that, 1st jig will be completed in 3 days and the 2nd jig will be completed by 20th of March. The Chief Minister reviewed the progress of spillway concrete works. From 6th February to 12th March, 2,728 lakh cubic meters of spillway concrete works has happened and 6.36 lakh cubic meters of earth work was completed. The balance quantity with regard to spillway earth work is 254.84 lakh cubic meters.

 

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Chandrababu Naidu unveils SRM University

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu unveiled the master plan for the new and fast upcoming SRM University, which is set to commence programs in engineering from August of this year.

“SRM is embracing a new method of learning, not seen before in India. We will emphasize practical and application oriented learning via projects and lab courses rather than monologues that are the typical feature of our classrooms. We would like to create a world class environment for our students here at SRM University, AP – Amaravati; and we want to help them create tomorrow”, says Dr. P Sathyanarayanan, president of SRM University, AP – Amaravati.

To help them in this endeavour SRM University, AP – Amaravati has brought in many multinational institutions. Perkins + Will, a reputed international architecture firm with many decades of experience is conceptualizing the design of the university. This will be constructed by the eminent Shapoorji Pallonji Group. Aiding them in recruitment of senior administrative and academic members are international search firms Perret Laver and Society, who specialize in the higher education space.

SRM University, AP – Amaravati is currently establishing partnerships with reputed international universities from the US, the UK and Singapore. With support from these international institutions, there will be a significant focus on both pure and applied research in areas of renewable energy, space technology, IoT, blue economy, nanotechnologies, and many more.“Developing research led universities is fundamental to the progress of the state and the nation. We aim to do just that by bringing solutions to the problems that plague today’s world”, says Narayana Rao, Pro–Vice Chancellor of SRM University, AP – Amaravati.

This university is aimed to become first integrated inter disciplinary institutions offering courses in Engineering, Management, law, medical sciences, pure sciences and liberal arts.

Additionally, SRM University, AP – Amaravati, along with the Chief Minister, is launching an incubation centre “SHRISTI” – SRM Habitat for Research and Innovation in Science and Technology for Industries to make its university a hub of innovation of development.

SHRISTI aims to create 100 companies and generate 10,000 jobs in next 10 years.  This innovation centre will provide customised build-up space and research infrastructure with supporting services.

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UNEP to act as knowledge partner in State’s action plan for climate change

Amaravati: Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Erik Solheim, informed Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu that they are interested in collaborating in the climate resilient programmes and also to act as a knowledge partner in the State’s action plan for climate change.

The Chief Minister held a meeting with Erik Solheim, at the Secretariat. The United Nations Environment Programme’s potential role was discussed in assisting Andhra Pradesh in achieving its environmental priorities.

The Chief Minster told Erik that Andhra Pradesh has a strong base of forest cover and that the state has adopted a mission to increase the green cover to 50 per cent by 2029. He added that his main objective is to make Rayalseema as a horticulture hub and develop the forest area in the State.

During the discussion the Chief Minister said that he is doing his best to the put the State on fast track mode and briefed Erik about the challenges the bifurcation has posed and also about the vision the state has adopted. He said that inspite of those challenges Andhra Pradesh has achieved 4.5 per cent more growth than at the national level growth rate.

Erik appreciated the Chief Minister for his vision and said that he would support and promote success stories like Andhra Pradesh. The Chief Minister informed Erik that Amaravati will be a blue and green city and suggested for possible collaboration in bringing the world’s best practices to the State.

The Chief Minister asked Erik and his team members to bring out best practices for reducing temperatures in the State. Greening of AP, conservation of Mangroves, role in State action plan for climate change, water conservation and Smart cities are some of the areas in which UNEP can provide possible assistance to AP.

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‘Samaja Vikasam – Kutumba Vikasam’ Is The Mantra of A P Govt, Says Governor

Amaravati: Establishment of A p e-Knowledge Exchange to develop the State in to a Knowledge hub, and development of Tirupathi, Srisailam, Srikalahasti, Kadapa Dargah, Mahanandi, Simhachalam, Annavam and Vijayawada as a spiritual conduit, are among the announcements made by the Governor ESL Narasimhan on Monday, in his address to the joint session of the two Houses of Legislature today, in the new Assembly building at Velagapudi in Amaravathi. This is the first session of the A P legislature to be held in the new capital.

Then Governor said that ‘Samaja Vikasam-Kutumba Vikasam’ is the new motto of the government to make the state number one in the country by 2022. Narasimhan said 11.06 am of the day (when the meet started) is going to remain a golden moment in the history of Andhra Pradesh as the legislature began its functioning from its own capital.

Listing out the achievements of the government in the past two-and-a-half years after the bifurcation, the Governor said the State is fast progressing to achieve a double-digit growth. Some of the future plans of the government to achieve its goal of Samaja Vikasam-Kutumba Vikasam are as follows:

AP contributes 70 percent in the country’s aqua sector and forms 45 percent of the entire food sector providing employment to 14.5 lakh people. AP will be developed into an aqua hub of the country.

Government is striving to develop a conducive atmosphere to investments in food processing, textiles, electronics hardware, automobiles, aerospace, defence, tourism and other sectors not only to encourage upcoming entrepreneurs but also to attract large scale investments from outside the state and country.

An authority for the development of micro, small and medium scale enterprises will be established. The MSME Authority will support MSME units in monitory terms to revive them. AP e-Knowledge Exchange will be established to develop the state into a knowledge hub through implementation of digital classroom, biometric attendance system and containing drop-outs rate in schools.

The government’s functioning will be based on seven missions, five grids and five channels of campaigns. Polavaram project will be completed by 2019 and from 2018 water will be released through gravity.

Members of both the ruling and opposition parties attended the session in full quorum on the historic day in AP State Legislative Assembly. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, all the ministers and the Leader of the Main Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy keenly listened to the Governor’s address.
At the end of the Governor’s address, the joint session was adjourned. (NSS)

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AP govt renames SC, ST sub-plans

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Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan and Tribal Sub-Plan Act will now be called as the SC, ST Sustainable and Inclusive Development Fund. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu took these decisions in the 4th Meeting of State Council for Development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.  

During the meeting the Chief Minister reviewed the progress and implementation of the decisions taken during the 3rdMeeting of the State Council. “Our aim is to increase the happiness and satisfaction levels among the SC’s and ST’s. Our funds should be used in that direction”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister has asked the officials to understand the overall financial situation of the SC and ST families and thereby draft an action plan to further improve and enhance their living standards.

The Sub-Plan funds allocated for that year should be spent in the same financial year the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister said that all basic facilities should be setup in all the SC colonies. Anganwadi centers, schools, stadiums and burial grounds should be built said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister said that the 125 –feet tall Ambedkar statue should be completed by next year, and the Ambedkar Smriti Vanam which is being built on a 15-acre site at Amaravati should be completed by December 2018.

The meeting also approved a study circle at a cost of Rs 5 crore and Girijan Bhavans in all the 13 districts at a total cost of Rs 1.35 crore. The government would also construct 20 Ambedkar Bhavans in the State at a cost of Rs 40 crore. A green field stadium will come up at Rampachodavaram with a cost of Rs 2.50 core and another Rs 2.50 core for establishing Tribal Sports School at Aruku.   

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I Will Make You Win, Evangelist K A Paul Assures Nara Lokesh

Amaravati: Satirical comments of Evangelist K A Paul on Nara Lokesh became viral in social media. Chandrababu Naidu, AP CM, wants to nominate Lokesh to Legislative Council and induct him into cabinet. From the day one this news triggered, lots of criticism and satires surrounding both father and son have been making rounds.

K A Paul was not an exemption. In an interview with I Venkat Rao, in Mahaa News, Paul suggested to Lokesh to contest in direct elections and enter Assembly.

He assured Lokesh that he will do personal poll campaign in favor of him as he did for Trump in US elections. Now this is the talk of social media which is spreading fast like virus.

Even Lokesh faced criticism from main opposition party YSRCP on this issue. KTR and Kavitha fought in direct elections and won while KTR became a minister. May be Lokesh is afraid of defeat in elections, that is the main reason why opted for MLC, they felt.

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PV Sindhu Accepts Babu’s Job Offer, Not KCR’s

 Hyderabad: Rio Olympic 2016 silver medal winner, star shuttler P Sindhu opted for Andhra Pradesh rather than Telangana for government job. Her parents hail from AP. 

Sindhu will be appointed as Deputy Collector in Amaravati according to sources close to her. Sindhu was given a job offer from AP and Telangana governments after she won silver medal in Rio Olympics. She was also offered Rs 3 crores cash award and 1000 sqyds residential plot near the capital region by AP government.

Sindhu, who was then working as deputy manager in BPL,  did not respond to the offer given by Telugu Governments. But she recently met AP CM Chandrababu Naidu during National Women’s  Parliamentary event held at Amaravati and expressed her consent the working in AP.

21 year old Sindhu may be made an IAS in coming five years, as special consideration. There were speculations about Sindhu’s nativity when she won the silver medal in Olympics, with her parents belonging to AP and Sindhu born in Hyderabad, capital of Telangana. Sindhu put  an end to these speculations by saying she is an Indian.

But her parents want to see her in the game for a long time with a kind of job that doesn’t affect her career.

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Naidu hopes Centre will keep promises

  • Slams critics on package

Visakhapatnam: AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has hoped that the Centre would fulfill its promise of giving funds under special packages on par with Special Status.

Addressing a Jana Chaitanya Yatra meeting at Chodavaram in Visakhapatnam district on Thursday, he said the Centre has given assurance that it would provide more funds under the package than what the state could get under the Special Status category. Refuting allegations that the state would not get more funds under special status, the chief minister said some mischief mongers were willfully spreading false information. It may be mentioned here that YSRCP president YS Jaganmohan Reddy and Tollywood actor and Jana Sena founder Pawan Kalyan raised questions about the state government agreeing to special package.

Blaming the ten-year Congress rule for the present problems, Naidu said he was relentlessly working for development of AP and his aim was to eradicate poverty. “Though we have a chance to live in Hyderabad for ten years, we decided to shift government machinery to Amaravati for the sake of people, he added. 

-NSS

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Naidu Asks Party MPs To Pressurize Centre On Bifurcation Promises

VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu today held a meeting with Members of Parliament of the Telugu Desam party on the strategy to be adopted in the forthcoming winter sessions of Parliament.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister discussed on the various aspects provided in special package. He appealed to the MP’s that pressure should be mounted on the Centre on according legal sanctity to the special package. He asked the members of Parliament to ensure legal sanctity to the special package in the upcoming Parliament session. He also asked the MPs to meet BJP representatives and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely and enquire about the status and progress of according legal sanctity to the special package. The Chief Minister said the focus of the MPs must be on getting maximum benefits to the State during the winter sessions of Parliament.

He directed the MPs to get clarity on the credit to be provided by NABARD for the Polavaram project in a week’s time. He also said the MPs should put pressure on the Centre to fulfill all promises made under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. He also asked them to pressurise the Centre for creating Visakhapatnam railway zone and for increasing number of Assembly constituencies in the State, said the Chief Minister.

Chandrababu Naidu directed the MPs to raise the inadequacies in the AP Reorganization Act. Legal sanctity to the special package will help in creating confidence among the people in the State, said the Chief Minister. Welcoming the decision to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes as a positive one, the Chief Minister said precautionary measures should have been taken to minimise difficulties to the public. To curtail the flow of black money, public must be encouraged towards electronic currency.

The Centre must take adequate steps to increase online transactions, said the Chief Minister. He added that those countries with lower education levels and less development than our country are a head of us in using mobile banking services. To fulfill the dream of digital India usage of digital currency needs to be encouraged, said the CM. The Centre must consider providing swipe machines to traders and abolish transaction cost for online banking and MPs must bring pressure on the Centre for the same, he added. 

-NSS

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Naidu says he asked PM to do this three weeks ago  

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who welcomed demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 by NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had suggested same thing just three weeks ago.

In a letter to the Prime Minister three weeks ago, the AP CM has opined to ban transaction of these two denominations and utilization of digital transactions in a bid to control usage of black money. He raised this issue at various forums. Naidu raised this issue just five hours before the announcement by Modi in a meeting to Niti Aayog. He also appreciated and welcomed another decision of Modi government of requesting people to declare their black money voluntarily on October 13.

–NSS

 

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