Chandrababu advises party leaders, officials to adopt new technologies to move forward

Vijayawada: Stressing that integration of technology was the best practice, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said leveraging technology will help us to come out of the issues of demonetization.

During his opening remarks on the concluding day of the two-day collectors’ conference, here on Thursday, the Chief Minister enquired from the ministers and secretaries about their shopping experience they had the previous night. The Chief Minister, on Wednesday, had advised them to conduct two digital transactions at shopping centers by using their Aadhaar number. When the Chief Minister was told that only 50% of them had carried out cashless transactions using smart phone and biometrics, he asked them to adopt new technology. “Leaders should lead and show the way. Only when you adapt to this technology, you can ask your constituents to adopt the new method. Over a period of time, the whole State will adopt and our State will lead others in digital transactions,” he added.

The Chief Minister also said, “China went for reforms 13 years ahead of us and that India was late in adopting them. We introduced reforms in 1991”, he added. The governments after Independence till 1990s were very strong under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. There was no opposition then. But the beauty of democracy is that economic reforms were carried out during minority and coalition governments,” the Chief Minister said.

He directed IT Secretary Vijayanand to take real-time decisions to purchase ePos and biometric machines. He also mentioned that Rs 1,000 subsidy should be given for procurement of biometric devices. He said Information Technology along with subject expertise will provide opportunities worldwide. “Fifteen years ago, I designed a curriculum to make IT compulsory for students studying various subjects. We are technology managers. Integration of technology and innovation is the best way forward,” Chandrababu said.

Pointing out that Aadhaar enabled payments were the best way to solve problems, the Chief Minister said he expressed the same opinion with the RBI Governor when he met him last in Mumbai. On the fair price shops, he said, Krishna district has performed well and that the same should be followed by other districts.

Pamarru MLA Kalpana to return to TDP

Pamarru MLA in Krishna district Uppuleti Kalpana is likely to join the ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh. There has been talk for some time that Kalpana would quit the YSR Congress Party and join the ruling TDP. Kalpana is expected to embrace TDP in the presence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday. In fact, Kalpana, who was a TDP leader, had switched over to the YSRCP in 2014 and now she has decided to return. -NSS

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