SIT To Probe Into Vizag Land Scam

AP Government has decided to set up an SIT to probe into the alleged land scam at Vizag in which big wigs of ruling party are reportedly involved.

Visakhapatnam: A Special Investigation Team comprising revenue, police and law officials would look into the major land scam that came to light recently. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, at a review meeting late on Monday at Amaravathi, gave his nod to set up an SIT.

Deputy Chief Minister K E Krishna Murthy while briefing the details of the meeting at Amaravathi said, the SIT would complete its investigation before a cut-off date. The Team would examine all the land transactions that took place in Kommadi, Madhurawada and other areas and ascertain what went wrong and who were involved in the alleged scam.

Records pertaining to lands worth about ₹ 2, 000 crore were tampered with allegedly by the revenue employees in Visakhapatnam (Rural) mandal. The Records of Rights (RoR) 1 B records and the field measurement books (FMB) which contain the details of ownership were reportedly tampered with by a few revenue employees. The Anti-Corruption Bureau registered a case against one M.Sankara Rao leveling charges that he possessed assets disproportionate to his rightful income.

Of the lands whose records were tampered with, major chunk belongs to the state government. Officials heaved a sigh of relief when they realized the lands did not practically go into the hands of others as yet.

The review meeting was attended by the Home Minister N.China Rajappa, the district collector Pravin Kumar and the district revenue officials.

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Telugu States and film industry pay rich tributes, recall links with Jaya

Hyderabad/Vijayawada: The two Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh which have innumerable Jayalalithaa’s fans mourned her demise in Chennai on Monday night. Though she stopped acting in films long ago, her co-actors, producers, directors and technicians in the Hyderabad-based Telugu film industry expressed their grief and shared their association with her in interviews given to several Telugu TV channels throughout Tuesday. Condolences poured in from both the Telugu Chief Ministers, their cabinet colleagues, the Governor of AP and Telangana State, political parties and the film fraternity.

Governor’s condolences

ESL NarasimhanTelangana and Andhra Pradesh States Governor ESL Narasimhan expressed his grief over the demise of Jayalalithaa and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Tamil Nadu State.

 In his condolence message, the Governor said: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Selvi Jayalalithaa and  I convey my profound grief and heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Tamil Nadu. She was a great visionary and an able administrator and distinguished herself in multifarious fields. She was loved and admired by millions in the State and her death has indeed created a void in the nation and particularly Tamil Nadu. My heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Tamil Nadu. May her soul rest in peace”.)

TN lost a great leader: KCR

KCRTelangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, in a statement, stated her followers and admirers regarded her as “Puracchhi Thalaivi” (revolutionary leader) in Tamil Nadu politics. In her passing away, Tamil Nadu has lost a great leader. He described Jayalalithaa as political heir of the late M G Ramachandran. At a time when women entering politics was rare, Jayalalithaa created a political history in the contemporary Tamil Nadu politics by becoming AIADMK’s general secretary and later on as Chief Minister of that State.

KCR described Jayalalithaa as a unique person in TN politics to have won State Legislative Assembly elections consecutively for two terms and formed the government and set a record of sorts. She had also excelled as a film artiste and proved herself in the arena of politics too, which is a record. Her demise created a void in political scenario of Tamil Nadu. He expressed his heartfelt sympathies and conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family and people of Tamil Nadu. He sent his cabinet colleagues Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy to Chennai to represent the Telangana State at Jayalalithaa’s funeral that was held on Tuesday evening.

They visited Rajaji Hall and placed wreaths at the coffin of Jayalalithaa.

AP Government mourns Jayalalithaa

Chandrababu NaiduThe Andhra Pradesh Government observed a two-minute silence at 12 noon and paid rich tributes to her. Expressing grief, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said in Vijayawada: “In deep anguish over the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, a long-time friend and a leader with an indomitable spirit, who was loved by all, I convey my deepest condolences to her party leaders and people of Tamil Nadu. She will remain in our memories as the leader, who truly cared for poor people.”

Dattatreya pays tributes

Bandaru DattatreyaUnion Minister of State for Labour & Employment Bandaru Dattatraya expressed his shock and grief on the demise of Jayalalithaa. In a statement issued in Hyderabad, Dattatreya hailed Jayalalithaa as an able administrator, who was known for her determination and social-benefit programmes. He stated Jayalalithaa always relentlessly worked for welfare of women and it was the Tamil Nadu government that increased delivery leave for women to 26 days.

Tollywood dazed

The Telugu film industry Tollywood expressed shock and grief on the passing away of actor-turned mass leader Jayalalithaa.  Jayalalithaa was no stranger for Telugus. With her superb performance in Telugu movies as a heroine alongside big stars like N T Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, G. Krishna, Shobhan Babu among others, Jayalalithaa was equally a Telugu star as in Tamil. She acted in 12 movies with NTR out of 29 Telugu movies in which she was a heroine. Besides, Jayalalithaa had close links with Hyderabad as she owned a farm house on the city outskirts and a few other properties.

JamunaVeteran actress of yesteryear Jamuna, who co-starred with Jayalalithaa in Srikrishna Vijayam in Telugu, expressed her deep sorrow over Jayalalithaa’s death. Recollecting her association with Jayalalithaa, Jamuna said: “Jayalalithaa was a wonderful human-being. Whenever we met, she would behave like an innocent child and at the same time showered all love and affection, especially on senior artistes.”

Murali MohanTDP MP and veteran actor Murali Mohan said as Chief Minister Jayalalithaa relentlessly worked for welfare of the have-nots of Tamil Nadu and successfully implemented various programmes for them like Amma canteens, Amma Uppu, Amma Vaidyam and so on like a mother cares for her children. Recalling her stint in Tollywood, Murali Mohan sadly reminded a song in ANR-Jayalalithaa starrer Adrustavanthulu:

‘Ayyayyo Brahmaiah,

Anyayam Cheshavemayya –

Appude Jayalalithanu Theesukupoyavemayya’.

He paid rich tributes to her personally and on behalf of the Andhra Pradesh government.

There are supporters of AIADMK and fans of Jayalalithaa in Secunderabad, who burst in tears on learning of her demise. Small pockets of the party’s supporters exist in many areas of Secunderabad, notably in Trimulgherry and Bollarum. Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation in September plunged them into gloom and they prayed for her recovery.

“The Tamil people and the AIADMK have lost a great leader. It is a sad day for us,” said Sunder Krishnan, a resident of Bollarum. Krishnan, a former AIADMK party worker, said social gatherings of the Tamil community in Bollarum have been sombre ever since reports of her ill-health had trickled in earlier this year. Some supporters from the city flew to Chennai to pay last tributes to their leader.

Irreparable loss to the country: CPI

Chada Venkat ReddyCPI Telangana State unit secretary Chada Venkat Reddy, in a press note said:  “Jayalalithaa introduced many welfare schemes for the poor people and won their hearts and became Amma who struggled hard for the cause of the poor. She shifted to politics from lucrative film field and rose to become a national level leader. Jayalalitha has fans and sympathizers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and other States besides Tamil Nadu. Her death is irreparable loss to the nation.”

A rare phenomenon: Ex-Governor Rammohan Rao

Rammohan RaoPS Rammohan Rao, former Governor of Tamil Nadu, said, “My wife and I convey our profound grief and heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Tamil Nadu as also the dear and near ones of Selvi Jayalalithaa on her untimely demise. Jayalalitha was a rare phenomenon in the political history of India, who rose to dizzy heights of leadership against formidable odds. She distinguished herself in whatever she did, be it in academics, films and politics. A woman, a loner, an immaculate articulator, and a political outsider she displayed tremendous self-belief, supreme self confidence, a sharp mind and a steely resolve to overcome all odds to provide firm and decisive leadership to the AIADMK and the State of Tamil Nadu for nearly three decades. An uncompromising champion of the interests and rights of Tamil Nadu, she would be forever remembered for her deep empathy for women and perceptive benevolence for the under privileged.” -NSS

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ONGC to get 72 acre from Andhra, begin onshore KG-D5 facility work

By Narayana Krishna

HYDERABAD: Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd plans to soon begin work to set up onshore facilities near Kakinada to process gas from its KG-DWN-98/2, or KG-D5, block after the Andhra Pradesh government hands over 72 acres land to the company today, sources in the know of the development told Cogencis.

The state-owned exploration and production major plans to set up an onshore receiving and processing plant, which will be the point where the fuel is landed, for the KG-98/2 block, source said.

The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corp, a nodal agency of the state government, will allocate 72 acres land near Kakinada, the papers for which will be handed over by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at a function today.

ONGC has paid 1.32 bln rupees for the land, which is adjacent to the special economic zone being developed by GMR group.

ONGC is actively working on development plans for its KG-98/2 block, and gas production from the block is expected to start in 2018 and oil production in 2019, according to earlier reports.

The company hopes to start with around 10 mscmd gas output from the block with a peak of around 20 mscmd by 2021. Oil output is seen at 70,000-90,000 barrels per day.

Investment on development of the block it seen over $5 bln.

ONGC’s KG-D5 block is adjacent to Reliance Industries Ltd’s once-prolific KG-DWN-98/3 block, commonly known as KG-D6 block.

At 1048 IST, ONGC shares were down 0.9% at 304.90 rupees on the National Stock Exchange.

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Amaravathi best capital : Naidu

GUNTUR: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said the world was shocked when he announced Amaravathi will be the capital city of the residuary AP State.

Speaking to media persons after inaugurating Spices Park at Vankayalapadu in Guntur district on Monday, the Chief Minister said “no force on the earth could do any harm to Andhra Pradesh State to the proposed new capital which has powerful ‘vaasthu’. He said he would construct a competitive capital city among the nations across the world and three cities will be constructed better than Hyderabad City.

Chandrababu Naidu pointed out that one can remember mirchi flavor when uttered the name of Guntur and suggested to the farmers to cultivate crops using state-of-the-art technology. The State and Central governments are jointly working for the welfare of farmers and they would extend support to the farmers till justice was done to all, he opined. He said the farmers have to develop in fast track by cultivating spicy crops and fruit gardens. No State in the world has natural resources like Andhra Pradesh and it has 974-km sea coast. He wanted to develop the State in such a position that it could export fish and prawns to nations across the world by increasing its development rate. Paddy yielding would also be increased by diverting water, which was going into the sea waste, he explained.

The Chief Minister said several nations were not willing to import agricultural products fearing that farmers were using chemical fertilizers and other harmful inputs. “We have to add science and technology to agriculture. I will visit agricultural fields and canals in the coming three months. Our intention is to make the agriculture sector as beneficial one”, he said.

Chandrababu Naidu said 65 percent of mirchi exports are from Guntur and there is need to increase agriculture-based industries in the State. The government would encourage mirchi cultivation in Guntur district. Andhra Pradesh State is moving forward as part of Swatch Bharath program.  He also said Johnson from Singapore was a person creating awareness on using lavatories across the world. The State government will set up a “Swatch Andhra Pradesh Advisory Committee” and appoint Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao as its convener and Johnson as co-convener. (NSS)

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Naidu duo misleading people: Jairam

  • Says they are ignoring Manmohan promises
  • Polavaram, Special status being sidetracked
  • Land pooling by AP govt. unwarranted

HYDERABAD: Former Union minister and Rajya Sabha member of Congress Jairam Ramesh criticized both AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu for misleading people on the Polavaram project as well as special status to the residual State respectively.

Addressing media persons at Indira Bhavan here on Friday, along with APCC president N. Raghuveera Reddy, Jairam slammed both the Centre and AP governments for ignoring the commitments given by then Prime Minister in Parliament at the time debate on AP Bifurcation Bill. He observed that both Naidus were misleading people in Andhra Pradesh.

Jairam Ramesh said while Venkaiah Naidu was giving wrong information on the grant of special status to the residual State, Chandrababu Naidu was fooling the people on Polavaram project. He charged both of them with not having commitment for welfare of people and development of the State. He recalled that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had given special status to Utharakhand without the consent of then NDA coalition partners. “People like Venkaiah should remember history before making misleading statements about special status to the residuary Andhra Pradesh”, he quipped.

The Rajya Sabha member also criticized the proposed controversial amendments to the Land Acquisition Act, which was passed by the previous UPA government with the support of all parties, including the BJP. He also made it clear that his party would oppose it tooth and nail and would stop it in Rajya Sabha at any cost since the proposed amendments will affect the interests of farmers directly. He said amendments to the Act will benefit only the corporate sector at the cost of the common man. Ridiculing the ongoing Land Pooling process in Andhra Pradesh, Jairam said he did not see anywhere in the country taking this much of land for a capital city. He said the farmers in the pooling area are not getting adequate compensation. (NSS)

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Naidu, Indra Nooyi to visit Sri City on Thursday

HYDERABAD: Giving a thrust to industrial sector in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and PepsiCo chairperson and CEO Indra Nooyi will visit PepsiCo plant in Sri City on April 3.

Further to their meet in Davos, Indra Nooyi and the Chief Minister will decide on areas of collaboration between the FMCG giant and the government on Friday. Later in the day, the Chief Minister will also inaugurate several manufacturing facilities at Sri City SEZ. The facilities will come as a big boost to the industrial sector in the State. They are also expected to bring in investments and create employment opportunities.

The Chief Minister will take part in the ground-breaking ceremony for 11 industrial units. The units are: Rexam, Vermeiren, Cipy Pagel, KGI Clothing, Ayurvet, Brindco, Power Gas, Koncept Poly Pro, Be’ Rollex, Beva Silicones and Godawari Udyog. The CM will inaugurate nine industrial units in Sri City which are:

Netherlands-based Hunter Douglas is setting up an industrial facility with a proposed investment of Rs 250 crores and will provide an employment potential for 300. The USA-based Pharma West Pharma is setting up its facility with a proposed investment of Rs 150 crore and will provide an employment potential for 150.

China-based Electronics industry ZTT India Pvt Ltd is setting up an industry with a proposed investment of Rs 100 crore and will provide an employment potential for 250. The Japan-based Nippon Seiki is setting up an Engineering facility with a proposed investment of Rs 100 crore and will provide an employment potential for 100. India-based Mohan Mutha Polytech is setting up a Plastic Molding industry with a proposed investment of Rs 100 crores and will provide an employment potential for 100. Japan’s Kusakabe, an auto components-based industry is setting up its facility with a proposed investment of Rs 100 crores and will provide an employment potential for 150.

Singapore-based Vital Solutions Pte Ltd is setting up a Paper Processing unit with a proposed investment of Rs 50 crores and will provide an employment potential for 50. India-based Siddaratha Logistics is setting up a Warehousing facility with a proposed investment of Rs 50 crores and will provide an employment potential for 100. China-based engineering firm Chung Xing is setting up its facility with a proposed investment of Rs 40 crores and will provide an employment potential for 100.

India-based Artura Pharma is setting up its facility with a proposed investment of Rs 40 crores and provide an employment potential for 300. The Chief Minister will also engage in an interactive session with business leaders. In the afternoon, he will also meet Mr. N Vaghul, Former Chairman, ICICI Bank, Dr. SS Badrinath, Chariman, Sri City Sankara Nethralay, Dr. KM Cherian, Chairman, Sri City Frontier Lifeline Hospital and Dr. Nachiket Mor, Director, Central Board, RBI.

Later, the Chief Minister will participate in the 100 years celebrations of Italy-based steel major Danieli. He will also flag off Kobelco Cranes, first Export Grade Crane to South Asia. (NSS)

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AP, NUS, CII sign MoU

HYDERABAD: The Government of Andhra Pradesh, National University of Singapore and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding in Singapore to work on “Ease of Doing Business in AP.”

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  • Master Plan on East of doing business in AP
  • Building sunrise state: Naidu

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The MoU signed between NUS (acting through the Asian Competitiveness Institute at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy), AP and CII is for cooperation in relation to “Masterplan on Ease of Doing Business in Andhra Pradesh (MEDBAP): Vision 2020” and other related activities. The duration of the MoU is from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2018. As part of the tripartite MoU, the parties will collaborate in conducting joint research programs on interesting issues such as strategies and assessment on ease of doing business and enhancement of economic competitiveness. The MoU will also enable them to identify and establish common interests and cooperative opportunities between Andhra Pradesh and private sector investors, (both local and foreign).

The following factors will be considered to assess business friendliness: Starting a Business means dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, land acquisition and registration of property, getting credit,  protecting minority interests, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving labor market etc.

The MoU also envisages regular visits of delegations for exchange of ideas and research strategies formulation, holding joint seminars where NUS and AP assess and update their progress on the project. Asian Competitiveness Institute at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy will be utilized as a platform for investment research, to study economic situations and investment opportunities in AP and ASEAN, China. This will also help promote joint research output through various channels in India, Singapore and other ASEAN economies. The parties will also prepare a joint Annual Progress Report (“APR”) summarizing and detailing the activities and research outputs. The MoU enables the NUS and AP to exchange ideas in the form of field trips to meet national/local think-tanks and officials of Andhra Pradesh. ACI staff will meet think-tanks, senior national and local government officials in India, host seminars in Singapore at ACI-Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy or in India in AP annually.

After signing the MoU, the Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said, “This will strengthen our relations with Singapore and spring up many innovative ideas and lead to cultural exchanges between the two countries. Let us be partners in development and work together to bring the best brains forward in building a happy, healthy and prosperous Sunrise Andhra Pradesh,” the Chief Minister added.

The MoU was signed by Dr Tan Khee Giap, Co-Director, Asia Competitiveness Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and on behalf of the Government of Andhra Pradesh by Shamsher Singh Rawat, IAS, Secretary & CIP, Department of Industries & Commerce.

Visits developed towns

Chandrababu Naidu began his second day with a visit to Bishan Park and Tao Payoh Town in Singapore. Bishan and Toa Payoh are established towns with attractive housing, vibrant commercial nodes and a diverse range of amenities. Residents have better transport connectivity, new parks and recreational facilities.

Taking a tour of the towns, the Chief Minister was briefed by officials about how a drain was made into a river. The 150 acre town has an Active Beautiful Clean (ABC) water policy. He was informed that property prices shot up in the area.

The Chief Minister enquired if the officials could offer their expertise in making AP’s canals and rivers Active, Beautiful and Clean. He instructed MA & UD Minister P. Narayana and Secretary A. Giridhar to coordinate with the officials and work out a plan to implement ABC policy in Andhra Pradesh’s towns.

The Chief Minister was informed that a huge volunteer network – close to 3,000 people – and MPs too work to take care of Singapore’s parks. The Park officer informed the Chief Minister that people are continuously consulted for value-addition and that “there’s no park better than a people’s park.” (NSS)

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AP signs MoU with Singapore

HYDERABAD: The AP government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday with the National University of Singapore on “Masterplan on Ease of Doing Business in AP.” The MoU is effective from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2018, according to an official release here.

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  • Naidu says masterplan for new capital would be ready soon
  • AP delegations makes presentation of landpooling effort

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu began his day in Singapore by reading a note in remembrance of Singapore’s Founding Father Lee Kuan Yew. Later, he had a breakfast meeting with Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam and Ambassador at-Large Gopinath Pillai followed by a high-level meeting with Singapore’s Second Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran.

During the high-level meeting with Iswaran and other delegates of Singapore, Singapore Governor presented a broad outline plan of the capital region to which the Chief Minister has suggested a few modifications. The capital city master plan will be refined by incorporating these suggestions and modifications in the next six to eight weeks.

The AP delegation also gave a detailed presentation on the land pooling process and various timelines for making the capital ready. They explained to Singapore delegates that the capital area has two ring roads and several radial roads connecting various small towns to the core capital region. The AP and Singapore delegations have decided to meet in the next six to eight weeks by the time Singapore government comes up with a revised master version of the plan. The next stage, however, would be the seed capital planning.

The Singapore delegation included Chee Hong Tat, Lee Ark Boon, Francis Chong, Lixia Ong, Amanda Kwek, Gillian Goh from the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Teo Eng Chong from IE Singapore, Loh Ah Tuan from Centre for Liveable Cities and several delegates from Singapore Cooperation enterprise. The AP delegation includes ministers Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, P. Narayana, advisor (communications) Dr Parakala Prabhakar, Special Chief secretary S.P. Tucker, Principal Secretary to CM Satish Chandra, Principal Secretary (Industries) Shamsher Singh Rawat, Principal Secretary (MA&UD) Giridhar, CRDA CEO Srikanth. (NSS)

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AP steps up energy conservation

HYDERABAD: In order to provide better services to the consumers in general and to prevent wastage of precious power, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked the government machinery to take up a proactive role in Energy Efficient & Energy Conservation programs for the benefit of the State, as well as all stake-holders in particular.

In tune with the objective of the Chief Minister, State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM), Govt. of A.P. is all set to adopt integrated approach to implement the comprehensive action plan to achieve substantial energy savings through effective energy conservation & efficiency programs duly involving all key departments which ultimately pave way for realizing targeted energy savings as well as passing  financial benefit to the electricity consumers in the form of reduction in power bills, said Dr IYR Krishna Rao, Chief Secretary.

As part of this, the government is contemplating stringent steps on energy conservation programs during high-level SECM Meet on Monday afternoon chaired by Dr IYR Krishna Rao involving various departments such as Energy, Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Agriculture, Industries & IT, Panchayat Raj, School Education, etc., to devise measurable and sustainable goals with suitable action plan.  In view of the SECM General Body meet, CS, has discussed several issues for expediting the on-going energy conservation and efficiency programs with Ajay Jain, Secretary, Energy & I&I, K. Vijayanand, MD, APGENCO and CMD/APTRANSCO (FAC).

The proposed agenda for the SECM meeting includes review of the ongoing Energy Conservation & Energy Efficiency (EC&EE) programs such as DSM based Efficient Lighting Program (DELP), replacement of inefficient Street Lights with LED street lighting, replacement of inefficient Agricultural pumpsets with energy efficient pumpsets, engaging of third party agency by the DISCOMs for annual monitoring of energy savings in DELP program.

Ajay Jain said the SECM/Govt of AP is expecting 617 Million Units (MU) (61.7 crore units) of energy savings per annum through the pilot projects of DELP and street lighting.  (NSS)

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Double digit growth is our target : Chandrababu

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has set a target of reaching double digit commencing from the coming financial year despite many hurdles, including deficit finance and the Hudhud cyclone.

Replying to a discussion on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address in the Assembly on Wednesday, Mr. Naidu said the people in the proposed capital region had reposed confidence in him and his party by giving 33,000 acres of land voluntarily for the land pooling scheme.  He promised to do justice to all farmers who reposed faith in him and gave land for construction of the new capital. He was ready to extend additional compensation if they ask.

Regarding loan waiver for farmers, the Chief Minister said he would clear all the loans up to Rs 1.5 lakh in spite of the State’s poor financial condition. Similarly, DWCRA loans taken by women would be cleared as soon as possible.

Mr. Naidu said Andhra Pradesh suffered  multi-dimensional problems, including deficit rainfall of 36 per cent far, bore the brunt of brunt of a cyclone which destroyed assets worth Rs 69,000 crore and suffered various financial setbacks due to bifurcation. He was trying to convert the crisis into opportunity by re-constructing the State from gross root level.

He said the long coast of the State would yield economic benefits if the government developed infrastructure facilities along the sea such as international ports. He said the government has identified some 40 sectors as growth engines to boost State’s economy, such as paddy, cotton and fisheries.

The Chief Minister said both the Telugu speaking States should work together for development. He felt it was not possible for them to unless they co-operate with each other. (NSS)

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Turmoil in AP Assembly as YSRC and TDP slug it out

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly was repeatedly plunged into turmoil on Tuesday as the YSR Congress and the ruling Telugu Desam party engaged in an unending slanging match.

The House witnessed continuous protests by YSR Congress besides several adjournments.  The main Opposition also staged a walkout to register its protest against Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao’s decision to disallow an adjournment motion for discussing the issue of loan waiver to DWACRA groups.

Soon as the House assembled, the YSRC kept pressing its demand but the Speaker to refused to admit the motion. He advised the party to raise the issue in an appropriate form and offered to allow a debate on the loan waiver issue only then.

The Speaker said that as Leader of the Opposition Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy should be aware of the rules, Parliamentary procedures and traditions of the House. At one stage, he even warned Mr. Reddy against provoking members of his party to come into the well every time. This was not correct, he said.

The House was adjourned three times amid continuous protests by YSRC members.  Ruling TDP members and Ministers alleged that Mr. Jagan and his party members were trying to stall a calling attention motion seeking discussion on the abdication and murder of Kummitha Narasimha Reddy in Prakasam District, fifteen days back.

They alleged that the murder conspiracy was hatched by Gandluri Veera Prathapa Reddy, Managing Director of Veerabadhra Minerals Pvt. Ltd and close relative of Y. S. Avinash Reddy, Mr. Jagan’s cousin. Deputy Chief Minister Chinna Rajappa said Veera Prathapa Reddy and seven  others kidnapped Narasimha Reddy following land-related disputes.

YSRC and TDP members blame each other

Ministers  K. Atchannaidu Kinjarapu, P. Narayana, D. Uma Maheswara Rao, Chinarajappa, Kamineni Srinivas and P. Manikyala Rao accused Mr. Jagan of indulging in multi-crore  corruption. They argued that the YSR Congress president was afraid that his criminal past would catch up with him. They said special training classes must be conducted for the Leader of Opposition and his team on how to behave in the House.

Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy gave it back in equally strong terms to Ministers and Chief Minister N.  Chandrababu Naidu. He alleged that though Mr. Naidu started his political career with just two and half acres of land, he had amassed crores through Heritage Foods chain.

The Opposition Leader said that if the TDP leaders genuinely believed that the BJP had done injustice to the State by not granting the special category status and not sanctioning incentives proposed under the AP Reorganization Act, they should withdraw the Ministers in the Central cabinet and remove the BJP ministers in the State Cabinet with immediate effect.

BJP Ministers P. Manikyala Rao and Kamineni Srinivas, lambasting Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy, said the TDP-BJP coalition was formed before the general elections for the development of state as well as country. They said they would not oblige Mr. Reddy by breaking their bond. They said the BJP would never seek the support of corrupt parties like the YSRCP.

Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy alleged that the Speaker was adopting discriminatory attitude towards the Opposition party by not giving an opportunity to its members to speak in the House. He said the Speaker was always cutting off the mike to prevent them from debating any matter that was relevant to social issues. (NSS)

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Pawan Kalyan opposes land acquisition from reluctant farmers

HYDERABAD: Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan on Friday called upon the Telugu Desam Government to exclude the villages of Undavalli, Bethampudi and Penubaka from the proposed capital zone of Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing a media conference, Pawan Kalyan, in a rebuttal of sorts to the reaction of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and other TDP leaders, stuck to his guns about opposing forcible acquisition of fertile lands from farmers. He wanted the small farmers to be spared from the land pooling scheme. “Take the consent of the farmers and try to convince them. Constitute a committee to discuss the same with the farmers before acquiring the lands”, he said.

The film star said he had toured the proposed capital region to understand the farmers’ problems and ascertain why they were reluctant to part with their lands. His tour was not meant to create any problems for Mr. Chandrababu Naidu and his government. “I want him to stay in power till 2019. But who will come to rescue of the farmers who have parted with their lands if a new government comes into power later. There is no legal protection for the farmers”, he added.

Stating that many farmers who gave away their lands were having apprehensions about their future in the absence of legal protection, Mr. Pawan Kalyan said that their anxiety and concern should be understood. This was especially so in the case of small farmers of three villages who were solely dependent on their land for their livelihood.

The Jana Sena chief wondered how the TDP government would build a world class capital without having any funds. “I am not against building a good capital but am stoutly opposed to destroying the villages in the name of development”.

Training his guns at the BJP and its leadership, Mr. Pawan Kalyan regretted that the Centre’s promises of granting special status to AP and giving it a special financial package were not yet fulfilled. “How can the people trust BJP when it cannot keep up its promise and how can the party make its foray into the state”, he asked.

He had a dig at the erstwhile YSR regime stating that the then government had acquired the lands from the farmers and handed them over to big companies like Vanpic. He cautioned the TDP Government against similar illegal acts.

Mr. Pawan Kalyan lashed out at Members of Parliament from the state in not effectively taking up with the central government the issue of special status and sanction of the required financial assistance. The MPs should unitedly fight with the Centre and make it fulfill all its promises, he said. (NSS)

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Pawan Kalyan against building AP capital over “tears of farmers”; threatens fast

HYDERABAD: Virtually crossing swords with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Tollywood’s “power star” Pawan Kalyan and founder of Jana Sena Party here on Thursday asked whether it was necessary to build a world class Singapore-type capital for Andhra Pradesh over the tears of farmers.

The actor-turned-politician, who is on a fact-finding mission in the villages under Tullur mandal of Guntur district to apprise himself of the grievances of the farmers refusing to hand over their lands to the TDP Government for building state’s capital, launched a scathing attack on both the parties over various issues related to the people of the State.

It may be mentioned here that Pawan Kalyan had supported the BJP-TDP alliance during the 2014 elections. While he took pot shots against the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre for failing to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh as promised in the A.P. Re-organisation Act and also in providing the needed financial aid package, Pawan Kalyan struck a warning to the TDP Government not to forcibly take fertile lands from the farmers for building the capital.

Addressing farmers of Undavalli, Bethupudi and other villages in the proposed capital region, Pawan Kalyan pointed out that he was also for building a state-of-the-art capital but at the same time was against taking away the lands from the farmers who are reluctant to part with their fertile lands. The farmers are apprehensive about the assurances and relief being offered in lieu of the lands. Therefore it was imperative for the government understand the difficulties and worries of the farmers who were against giving their lands and for this the government should not hesitate to discuss with them as many times as possible, he observed.

The Jana Sena chief wondered whether it was necessary to acquire 33,000 acres of land for building a capital. As for his own estimates and findings it was more than enough to acquire 8000 acres, he observed and wondered when the TDP government was unable to get the required money for loan waiver to the farmers, where from the government get the money for a Singapore-type capital, he quipped.

In this connection he trained guns against the central government for not trying to fulfill various promises including financial assistance made at the time of bifurcating the undivided Telugu State. Don’t play with the self respect of the Telugu people and making to come to you with begging bowls, he cautioned Modi Government at the centre and at the same time took to task the state MP’s for not pressurising the government to secure the promises assistance to the state.

Pawan Kalyan who heard  patiently heard the reasons and fears of the farmers in not willing to hand over tier lands for e capital building and also received numerous memorandum, told the villagers that he would discuss the same with the Chief Minister and the Government authorities. When he was told that Ministers Pulla Rao and Narayana were issuing notices to the farmers to hand over the lands, he advised the farmers not to give the lands till he gives them a clearance after discussing with the ministers. He also wanted the chief minister and the ministers to forcibly acquire the lands with threats. He assured the farmers that if need be he would launch and indefinite fast to protect their interests.

Stating that he had been told by the ruling TDP members that farmers of supporting the YSRCP were only refusing to give their lands, Pawan Kalyan quipped that he was not bothered whether the farmers belong to YSRCP or any other party. If there are genuine reason for them to protest against taking away their fertile lands, he would fight for their cause whether belong to YSRCP or another party.

Thus the sudden rebellious mood and confrontationist attitude of Pawan Kalyan amply speaks of the fact that the political honeymooning between the actor and the BJP-TDP alliance is on the verge of a collapse in the future. (NSS)

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Renaming A P Express as Telangana Express soon

HYDERABAD: The A P Express running  between Hyderabad and New Delhi would soon be renamed as Telangana Express as demanded by the new state of Telangana.

This was reaffirmed by Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday while interacting with the media in the national capital on Friday. He assured that A.P State would be adequately compensated with the introduction of a new express train on similar lines.

Refuting the criticism of the Opposition about the railway budget presented by Suresh Prabhu in Parliament on Thursday, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu pointed out that the railway budget this time was not the routine and traditional like the ones in the past. He hailed the budget as it was meant for the welfare and interests of the common man and not intended to garner publicity.

Referring to the criticism of the Congress leaders belonging to the two Telugu states, the Union Minister pointed out that the allocation for the South Central Railway was increased by 25 percent when compared to the last budget. In the past there were only assurances and no actions, he quipped.

Referring to criticism of the Centre by the Congress and Telugu Desam for not mentioning the demand for a new railway zone at Visakhapatnam, Mr. Naidu said that it was under the active consideration of the central government and he  was confident that a positive decision would be taken shortly in this regard.

Meanwhile, APCC President N. Raghuveera Reddy described the railway budget as a publicity stunt. If the promises made to the AP state in the AP Reorganization Act were not fulfilled, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu should quit.  (NSS)

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A P CM seeks industry inputs on Smart Village / Smart Ward programme

HYDERABAD: At a meeting with industry leaders, corporates and various industrialists from health, education, biotechnology, pharma, finance, sanitation, technology and other sectors, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu asked them to contribute to the state government’s flagship programme “Smart Village / Smart Ward” programme with human interest.

The Chief Minister said that based on the respective company’s expertise, they could help the government in that sector. “You can either do this village-wise by achieving all the 20 indicators or choose a sector or area and work on it,” he said.

He suggested that industry bodies like CII, FICCI and FAPCCI could work with communities on ground and involve entrepreneurs who can mentor localities and introduce innovations that are simpler and easier to adopt. “Industrialists or corporate can work with Janmabhoomi Maa Vooru Committee for coordination at the village/mandal-level,” the Chief Minister said, adding that they are partners in the state’s development.

The Chief Minister said that the government could have a team of officials who will work with the industry on this program and make this one of the greatest “public private partnership” models.

He encouraged industrialists and corporates to encourage social entrepreneurship by mentoring and guiding local entrepreneurs.

J.A. Chowdary of IDF suggested that the government could have smartness index and quality index to measure the effectiveness of the program. Sri City Foundation’s Srini Raju accepted the Chief Minister suggestion to adopt over 100 villages near Sri City under the Smart Village/Smart Ward program. (NSS)

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AP TO BE GATEWAY OF INDIA

  • Naidu promises Industry & Trade
  • South East Asia’s biggest Trade Centre

Hyderabad, January 13:  Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu tried to hard sell Andhra Pradesh as the “prospective destination” for setting up industries and promoting business as the state with its vast coastline was being developed to emerge as one of South East Asia’s biggest trade centre.

Speaking at the India-Australia Business Meet being held in New Delhi by CII today Chandrababu Naidu called upon the Australian industrialists to come in a big way to set up industries in the state for which the state administration would set up a single desk to ensure hassle-free permissions. The state government would be starting E-biz from February to ensure that all required permission for setting up industries and other businesses would bed cleared within 21 days, he explained.

Chandrababu Naidu said encountering numerous problems, the stare was going ahead with its developmental activities in a big way and the Central Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was rendering all help for the development of the state’s capital. Asserting that a world-class capital would be built in the state, he exuded confidence that Andhra Pradesh would be one of the best smart states in the entire globe. With power supply round the clock, internet facility in every household, adequate water supply, infrastructure facilities and modern ports, Andhra Pradesh would be the Gateway of India for industrialists and business houses, he pointed out and invited the  honchos of Australian industry to invest in the state.

Pointing out that the state government was also planning to develop in a big sports facilities, Chandrababu Naidu disclosed that he would soon visit Australia to attract industrial investments from the country. (NSS).

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Naidu for super specialty hospitals

  • 25 medical institutes to get wi-fi
  • California spends 35% budget on health: Sujata Rao
  • Somaraju, Nageswara Reddy give presentataions

‌Hyderabad, January 6: With an aim to make Andhra Pradesh a medical hub, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu met medical and health experts, who submitted a draft health policy to the government. He said his government will encourage establishment of super specialty hospitals either through private partnerships or via trust.

Stating that only medicines and health centre don’t constitute a hospital, Naidu said doctors and medical experts need to focus on primary healthcare.

He also proposed the idea of working with corporates who have come forward to set up chain hospitals. “That apart, there is a need to focus on medical education from school-level,” he added. He has asked experts from the field to make an action plan on improving infrastructure, health indicators like IMR and MMR and healthcare services in the state and submit it to the government at the earliest.

According to the Chief Minister, all the 25 medical institutes will be provided with Wi-fi for virtual lessons from world-renowned experts from the field. During the discussion, Cancer specialist Dr Jagannath pointed out that a State with over five crore people has no cancer hospital and suggested that one in three districts could have one Cancer Hospital. Dr Jagannath said Andhra Pradesh could work on the “hub-and-spoke model” of service delivery.  He informed the Chief Minister that a 15-bed hospital at a cost of Rs120 crore is being constructed in Visakhapatnam.

Meanwhile, popular gastroenterologist Dr Nageshwar Reddy gave a presentation on the importance of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare. Noted cardiologist Dr Somaraju said quality of services can be enhanced by hiring more nurses. This will not only give employment boost but also enable the government to take quality services to remote areas, eventually leading to women empowerment.

Former health secretary K Sujatha Rao informed the Chief Minister that California spends 30-40% of its budget on healthcare. She pointed out that our country and the state has dismally low allocation for healthcare and that this has to be increased. Dr G.N. Rao of LV Prasad Eye Institute said the State spends Rs 900 on an individual for healthcare and that this has to be utilized properly. Further, Dr Santha Rao highlighted the importance of internships which could better healthcare services.

Dr. Srinath Reddy of Public Health Foundation of India said more PG institutes should be set up in the state to attract students from across the country. Minister Kamineni Srinivas, Advisor (communications) Dr Parakala Prabhakar, Principal Secretary (Health) L.V. Subramanyam, Principal Secretary to CM Ajay Sawhney and other officials were present. (NSS)

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Naidu remains popular with netizens

Hyderabad, January 4: AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu continues to be popular with netizens. The statistics of Google Hangouts program of the Chief Minister (which are out now) point to an increasing interest from the public to interact with the Chief Minister.

CM’s Google Hangouts program held on December 20, 2014 has created 2,94,62,648 impressions across the world. For the first time, the Chief Minister interacted with citizens via Google Hangouts on “Skill Development and Higher Education”. The total number of viewers of the program on AP State Government YouTube channel is 2,10,758.  The top 10 countries the Chief Minister’s Google Hangouts program reached are: ndia, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the UAE, Australia, Singapore, Germany, Canada, Malaysia and Kuwait.

The channels used by the social media team to spread the message about the Google Hangouts program are:NCBN’s Twitter Account, NCBN’s Facebook Page, AP State Government Twitter Account, AP Government Facebook Page and TDP Official Facebook page.

Over 800 questions, suggestions and ideas were collected by using #AskAPCM or #AskCBN through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube. The questions have been forwarded to the concerned departments and the social media team will soon write back to citizens with answers.

The Google Hangouts program will be held once three months. It will be used as a medium to communicate with people and listen to them. (NSS)

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