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AP moots Water Corporation for safe drinking water in villages

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Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced the setting up of a drinking water corporation to ensure safe drinking water to every household in the state. The modalities of setting up the corporation will be discussed during the Collectors Conference scheduled to be held during this week.

As the monsoon season is round the corner, the Chief Minister called for a meeting with the officials of the Panchayat Raj department and asked them to prepare an action plan to prevent water born diseases.

The Chief Minister said that in the coming rainy season the gram panchayats should take up sanitation programme in a big way to arrest the spread of mosquitoes and diseases. He said if necessary the services of NREGA workers should be used thrice a week for taking up sanitation works in the villages.

The Chief Minister has asked the health department to gear up and prepare an action plan to prevent the spread of diseases. He asked the departments of Panchayat Raj, Rural Development and Health to join together in alerting the public. He said that a massive campaign should be launched to bring awareness among people to maintain hygienic conditions during the coming monsoon season.

Minister for IT and Panchayat Raj Nara Lokesh said that the Uddanam problem would be addressed completely by the end of July. He said that purified drinking water would be supplied under NTR Srujala Sravanti to Uddanam Village and its surrounding areas starting from July end.

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Shortcomings of AP Reorganization act: TS AP take unwavering stances

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is steadfast about taking over the buildings in the State Secretariat located in the joint capital Hyderabad. KCR who wants to construct the new secretariat in the same location is trying to mount pressure on Andhra Pradesh government with the service of Governor E S L Narasimhan. If reports are to be believed, the TRS leader alleged informed the governor – to extend mutual co-operation way forward, the buildings have to be handed over. The governor in his recent visit to Delhi apparently mentioned to Rajnath Singh that, the states should give up the stubbornness and become more flexible to resolve the reorganisation issues. The governor who took opinions and complaints from both the CMs, drafted report to solve the issues amicably. He discussed the matter with the center and requested precision on issues that are creating friction between the two states.

AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has not yet taken a final decision on handing over the premises to Telangana government. Even the institutions under schedule 9 and 10 of the AP Reorganisation Act are being debated. Institutions like National Academy of Construction (NAC) have crores of funds which have to be shared between the two states for ten years as per the act. TS government made futile attempts to take over the buildings. AP govt has taken a strong stand on diving the institutions in schedule 9 and 10 based on population. The meetings of three-member committees of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh held in the presence of the Governor at Raj Bhavan so far have been heavy-handed.

Despite three years into bifurcation, the shortcomings and loopholes of the AP reorganisation act are unchanging and will likely remain the same for over a period of time. Central Government is unable to make progress as both the Telugu states are unwavering on their stance.

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Parakala discounts Justice Katju’s remarks on social media arrests

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Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh government advisor Dr Parakala Prabhakar took strong exception to the remarks of Supreme Court retired judge Justice Markandeya Katju on the arrests of social media activists by the police. Justice Katju had recommended dismissal of the Chandrababu Naidu government for the arrest of people for making comments against the government in the social media. The retired judge also demanded imposition of President rule in the State.

Reacting to the demands, Dr Prabhakar said that the comments in the social media have crossed the limit and have become derogatory. The social media activists have presented half-naked photographs, caricatures of the leaders, particularly women causing personal damage to them. Stating that Justice Katju had earlier made controversial remarks and had apologized later, he felt that the comment against Chandrababu Naidu government too was similar and not to be taken seriously.

He said that the government was ready to take constructive criticism from the people and the Opposition parties too. He recalled that the Chief Minister himself had wanted people to react on various issues and give constructive suggestions. However, the comments made by some of the people, including those who were arrested, were in violation of the right to freedom of expression.

Dr Prabhakar ridiculed the charge of YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy against the government on the arrest of social media activists Inturi Ravi Kiran and Ippala Ravindra Reddy and said that the posts of these two persons in the social media were derogatory and insulting. He said that the two persons have posted caricatures and cartoons damaging the personal character to legislator V Anitha resulting in their arrests and the subsequent release on bail.

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Amaravati core capital plans to be ready by May 22

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Vijayawada: The final designs of the government core complexes in Amaravati would be ready by May 22. The master designers, Norman Fosters from UK, would submit the designs to the government on May 22. The government would then, after an initial review, place the designs for the review of the people, said Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

The AP Capital Region Development Authority officials have returned to the city after participating in the workshop in London on the core capital designs from May 12 to 16. The final plan proposals of the core capital would have the Assembly complex as iconic tower that reflects the rich tradition and culture of the Telugu people.

While the Secretariat complex is proposed in 8 to 10 floors, the Assembly would be located in over 160 acres of land. The Government complex, which is set to come up on the banks of river Krishna would be well connected by road, rail and inland waterways. The Chief Minister had instructed the officials to plan the transportation for the new capital and wanted them to plan for common ticket for road, rail and waterways. The walking distance for the visitors to any office in the core capital should be maximum of five minutes, he told the officials.

The AP government had already signed MoU with the Singapore Consortium to build the core capital and had even assigned the land for the startup area. The Singapore Consortium and the State government would together develop this startup area and sell the open spaces and built up areas to raise funds for the construction of the Government City.

Having completed the initial process of signing MoU with the Singapore Consortium, the State government is now focusing on the Government City, which it wants to give a shape before going for the next round of elections.

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Collector Babu bestowed with new responsibilities

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The government has issues orders shuffling 9 district collectors and 11 IAS officers on April18. In the hobble Babu Ahamed who was collector of Krishna district was put on hold and not given new posting. Vadarevu Vinay Chand took charge as the new district collector. Chandrababu Naidu garnered criticism for failing to recognise the sincere IAS officer Babu. Speculations were rife that Chandrababu stalled the posting following Jagan’s Nandigama hospital brawl with the collector after the Diwakar travels bus accident.

In about a month the IAS Officer was bestowed with new responsibilities. Babu, on Monday took over as CEO, Real Time Governance, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd, Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Ltd and Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh Towers Ltd.

The 2003 batch IAS officer hails from Kerala. On Saturday, Gannavaram MLA Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan inaugurated ‘Collector Babu Road’ at Nunna on the outskirts of Vijayawada. Naming the road is way of expressing gratitude by the villagers to the collector for taking initiative for laying the road, which was in a horrible condition.

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May 15, a busy day in Andhra Pradesh

Vijayawada: May 15 is set to be the busiest day in Andhra Pradesh. The elected representatives, right from the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, are set to be engaged the whole day locked in important events. The day is set to start with the special Assembly session to discuss the GST bill. The two-day special session will begin on the day and is set to continue for the second day. This begins with a special awareness meeting on GST for the legislators in the Assembly Conference Hall. The programme is being organised by the Parliament Secretariat to create awareness on the advantages of the GST and the contents of the GST bill that has to be passed by the AP Assembly.

In the meanwhile, the AP government would organise ground breaking ceremony along with the Singapore team to begin the core capital works. The government is now gearing up to hand over the land to the Singapore Consortium to build the core capital consisting of the Government Complex, including Raj Bhavan, Assembly and Secretariat. The land between Mandadam and Uddandarayapalem is being spruced up for the event. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu would lead the government in the ceremonial event where the AP government would hand over the land to the Singapore Consortium for the core capital project.

The day is also slated for the Cabinet meeting at Velagapudi, the temporary secretariat. The Chief Minister, who chairs the Cabinet meeting, is set to brief his Cabinet colleagues about his 10-day visit to US where he had signed several MoUs inviting leading corporate companies to have their establishments in Andhra Pradesh, particularly in Amaravati.

The Cabinet meeting also set to discuss the issues like the Nandyal Assembly constituency by-elections, filling up of the Tirumala Tirupathi Devastanams (TTD) Board and the party’s three-day event of Mahanadu at Visakhapatnam to be held from May 27.

Meanwhile, the Opposition YSR Congress is also getting ready for a day long protest in the Assembly area in support of the farmers, particularly highlighting the woes of the Chilli farmers. YSR Congress president and Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had already announced that his party MLAs would hold protest in Assembly if remunerative prices were not offered to the farmers. Accordingly, the party legislators would hold day long protest in the Assembly making the day too busy politically.

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Around dozen aspirants for two MLC seats in AP

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Hectic tasks and several eyes await Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who returned to the state last night after touring the US. One of the critical task is the selection of MLC candidates in Governor quota. The term of A Chakrapani, Reddappa Reddy who were selected in governor quota in the Congress reign will end on 27th May. In about ten days the names of new candidates will be announced.

Former minister K Ramasubba Reddy’s group from Jammalamadugu has vented out anger for accommodating his arch factional rival C Adinarayana Reddy into the Cabinet. CM himself had to pacify Ramasubba Reddy, and was apparently promised to be bestowed with MLC seat in governor’s quota. The competition for two seats is cut down to one. At least a dozen leaders are in the race for the one seat left.

Several names surfaced including the council chairman A Chakrapani who is looking for another chance. Anam Vivekananda Reddy allegedly met Naidu and reminded him of failing to keep up the promise to bestow him seat under MLA quota. On the other hand, ex-chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s family is strengthening its political relationships with Naidu. However, in the Cabinet expansion last month Reddy circle was given prominence, and with Rama Subba Reddy already in race, the chances to inducted another Reddy is bleak.

Dalit leaders including ex MLC-Jupudi Prabhakar Rao, Varla Ramaiah, J R Pushparaj are trying their best to get themselves inducted into the council. Elites from Guntur district Chandu Sambasiva Rao and Dasari Raja whose names surfaced earlier as well, are now hoping to secure the MLC ticket.

There are some women TDP leaders who are also eager to get the seat. Former speaker Kavali Pratibha Bharati is in the race along with Mullapudi Renuka who are optimistic of securing a place in the legislative council. Movie actress and TDP leader Kavitha apparently met Naidu couple of times and requested to bless her with the MLC seat. Panchumarthi Anuradha who did not want to take MLC seat for just 2years is now trying hard to lock herself in the MLC seat in governor’s quota.

With so many leaders trying hard to get the blessings of the CM, it would be interesting to see whose wishes get fulfilled.

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Chandrababu impresses Silicon valley elites

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. N Chandrababu Naidu as a part of his visit to the United states of America met top executives of the world’s largest technology companies and requested investments from them. It may be recalled that Mr. Naidu’s delegation met chief operating officer (COO) of Apple Inc. Mr. Jeff Williams and invited the firm to invest in Andhra Pradesh and establish a manufacturing facility in the state.

In a first-hand experience narrated by Mr.Venktesh Shukla, the Chief Minister’s meeting which was supposed to last for not more than 15minutes with the COO was extended to more than an hour. Mr.Shukla who drove with the CM from the airport to Apple HQ briefed him about the points the TDP President could make to the Apple management. Terming Mr.Naidu as “engaging speaker” and “forceful champion” Shukla said, “He(Naidu) spoke with conviction about his vision for the state and his track record in delivering big results”. Mr.Williams was well impressed by Mr.Naidu’s charisma apparent in the body language and the time, but Mr.Shukla himself was enthralled seeing the CM’s passion in articulating the points he suggested.

Sharing a similar incident way back from 90’s, Deepak Bhagat said, “My co-leader Mark had remarked that he felt like a Lion(Chandrababu) had entered the conference room. He had so much of energy coming out of him even before he spoke his first word”. Naidu had hosted Bhagat and his then Sun team in Hyderabad and evidently was one of the best CM they have met.

This incident only adds to the credibility of Mr. Naidu and highlights why he was chosen as the ‘Transformative Chief Minister Award’ at the United States-India Business Council (USIBC) West Coast Summit in Silicon Valley.

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All-rounder Chandrababu is batsmen, bowler and umpire: Lokesh

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is known to be obsessed with controlling everything however small or large be the task. While the world terms it micromanaging, Lokesh referred to him as an all-rounder. In the absence of father who is busy touring US, Nara Lokesh ensures to remind people of 18hours of hard work the TDP president puts in each day.

The Minister of Panchyath Raj said that Chandrababu is an all-rounder and keeps running like a 27year old. He said “In a cricket match there will be two teams with 12players including extras, but in Andhra Pradesh there will be only one person in the team who is Chandrababu Naidu”. Lokesh said Chandrababu is not only bowler, batsmen, wicket keeper but also umpire. This comparison with cricket team itself sounds bizarre.

If the government is elected democratically, Lokesh statements make TDP government look monarchic. The Minister of IT might want to explain the game the chief minister is playing where he is the sole player in the state.

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AP govt gets ready for third Nava Nirmana Deeksha

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Nava Nirmana Deeksha

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government is getting ready for the week-long Nava Nirmana Deeksha from June 2 this year. The Deeksha is the brain child of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to inspire people to dedicate themselves for the rebuild of the State after the bifurcation. The government holds several programmes all through the week inspiring people and rededicate themselves overcoming the crisis that was forced on them through bifurcation.

The event was held with Vijayawada as Central point for the past two years where Chief Minister takes the lead. The busy Benz Circle is blocked for the event with the officials diverting the national highway traffic for the week. This year, the government appears to have decided initially to have the Chief Minister-led event to other places – either in East Godavari or West Godavari district.

A Cabinet sub-committee consisting of Ministers Kaluva Srinivasulu, Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Somireddi Chandramohan Reddy have discussed the possibilities of holding the event outside Vijayawada this time to inspire the people. However, they have left the decision to the Chief Minister who is currently on visit to US. The Committee would meet once again on May 15 to make a clear plan for the Deeksha.

The week-long event which starts on June 2, the bifurcation day, ends on June 8 with the Chief Minister leading the pledge with the people to work for the development of the State utilising the available resources, both natural and human.

The State which has not been celebrating the Formation Day is all set to miss that this time too as the government wants to hold only the Nava Nirmana Deeksha. It is to be seen where it would be held this time as the Chief Minister has to decide.

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Every Telugu person is a Baahubali: CM

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Vijayawada: Describing each Telugu person as a Baahubali Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that Telugu people should emerge as role model in the world. He said the hard working natured Telugu people are present in all parts of the world.

Interacting with Non Resident Telugu people as part of his fourth day US tour, the Chief Minister said that director Rajamouli had re-established the power of Telugu people by producing world class movie Baahubali-2.

The Chief Minister said the state government was giving top priority for welfare programmes despite of bifurcation problems and financial crisis. He stressed the need for developing Amaravati as a world class city and sought the cooperation of NRIs for developing a world class capital. He said Telugu people got recognition with the efforts of NTR, who protected their self respect.

Later several leaders of California including San jose mayor Sam Licardo, Congress representative Ro Khanna, senator Bob Welcowsk, assembly member Kansan Chu, Aash Kalra met Chief Minister.

Minister for Finance Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, government adviser (Communications) Dr Parakala Prabhakar, CM secretary G Saiprasad, Economic development board CEO J Krishna Kishore, CRDA chief secretary Ajay Jain, IT principal secretary K Vijayanand and secretary of industries Solman Arokyaraj were present.

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Northie as TTD EO draws flak from Pawan Kalyan and Swaroopananda

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The appointment of 1993 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, Anil Kumar Singhal, as the Executive Officer of the esteemed Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is mulled with controversies. Singhal, who was the resident commissioner of AP Bhavan, New Delhi, won the heart of the chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu but not the bureaucrats and politicians.

The government has ever since appointed IAS officers who belonging to South India to the TTD executive officer’s post. Those opposing the appointment claim that it is not mere IAS post but TTD EO should understand Hindu especially South Indian culture and TTD concords. They also said that it is very difficult for Singhal who hails from Himachal Pradesh to understand the TTD conventions and culture.

The IAS officer was allocated to Telangana after the bifurcation but he opted Andhra Pradesh. Allegedly Singhal played vital role in not only routing the Central funds but also framing the critical Special Package for the State. While on one hand Singhal seemingly has support of Telugu MPs, on the other hand speculations are rife that TDP government bowed to pressure from the central government and Sangh Parivar.

When there are allegations that North Indians are dominating South Indians, the first one to respond is obviously Jana Sena party chief Pawan Kalyan. He took to twitter and questioned, “Would they allow any South Indian to take up the administrative position of such scared shrine of Northern India like … “Amarnath Varanasi and Madhura etcetra…”

Taking it further Swami Swaroopananda Saraswati, terming the appointment as “unfortunate”, said if needed he would knock the doors of the court.

Nonetheless, Singhal who took charge on Saturday as the 25th TTD EO will be at the helm of temple for two years. He conducted a whirl wind inspection covering all the prominent places in Tirumala and also interacted with the pilgrims on Sunday. The road ahead of Singhal is tough, especially the never ending pilgrim-related problems, loss of over 200 crore rupees in the sale of laddus and distribution of funds to the tune of Rs. 125 crore for various projects. Several projects under TTD are not giving the expected results.

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Naidu ropes in 28 IT companies for Amaravati

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Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had successfully roped in over 28 IT companies to have their base in Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. During his tour in US, Chandrababu Naidu had met the representatives of the 28 IT companies and briefed them about the resources and opportunities that are available in Andhra Pradesh, particularly in Amaravati after the bifurcation. Dell, the computer major, had come forward to have its data center in Amaravati.

The IT companies like Premier IT solutions, GlobalOutlook, Tekpros, Arcus Technologies are a few among them, who had direct interaction with the Chief Minister. These companies will lease space in Visakhapatnam and Amaravati, respectively providing employment to 310 and 64 professionals in those units.

The Chief Minister in his address to these companies said that he is happy to see the conglomeration of U.S’s Telugu entrepreneurs. He said that most of the people who are now in US came with an idea to be professionals and now they have become entrepreneurs.

He urged the Telugus to mingle with the local communities and earn their confidence. Besides complimenting them for their active participation in smart village, smart ward programme, the Chief Minister requested them not to forget their birthplace and their native village. The Chief Minister called upon the Telugus to participate in the development of the State. He said that the skills and knowledge acquired by the Telugus here will be very useful for the development of Andhra Pradesh.

The Chief Minister asked them to start their operations in Andhra Pradesh initially and expand to others parts of India later. I want Indians to be in the forefront in the world and among them Telugus should be the foremost, that’s my dream, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also held interaction with the director of Bell Helicopters and requested him to have their helicopter manufacturing unit in Andhra Pradesh.

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Lokesh to spruce up Visakhapatnam for Mahanadu

Visakhapatnam: Minister for IT, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Nara Lokesh, is sprucing up the beach city for the three-day Mahanadu to be held for three days from May 27. Lokesh, who is now in Visakhapatnam, grabbed the opportunity to visit the venue for the Mahanadu on Saturday and held discussions with the party leaders on the arrangements to be made for the mega event.

This being the first Mahanadu for him as Minister, Lokesh is taking special care to monitor the arrangements in every minute detail. Minister for Human Resources, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, besides others is taking care of the food arrangements for the party leaders and activists to be present during the three days. Party State president and Minister for Power, K Kalavenkata Rao, another Minister Ch Ayyannapathrudu from the region have already got into action preparing the rank and file for the mega event.

Lokesh, who has already been elevated by giving him membership of the two prominent Cabinet committees, Industrial Promotion Board and the Land Allocation Committee for Amaravati, is marching ahead making his mark in the State administration. The absence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had come in as a blessing in disguise for him to establish himself as next in command, both in the party and the government as well.

The Mahanadu arrangements are set to give him a greater opportunity to have his word and prove his leadership qualities. A month after his elevation as the Minister, Lokesh now looks different. He is giving least priority to the criticism on him by the Opposition and also the comments against him in the social media. “My concern is not to counter the criticism. I am focusing more on the developmental works, particularly in the IT and Rural Development sectors. While the IT will bring more jobs for the people, the rural development would change the face of the State and that itself would counter the criticism,” he quipped during a chit chat with the media persons before leaving for Visakhapatnam.

With this changed attitude of ignoring the Opposition criticism, Lokesh looks different as he gained greater experience in politics and administration to be the successor to the master of politics, Chandrababu Naidu. His initiatives in making the next Mahanadu are also set to be a greater opportunity to prove his abilities and energies.

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Camping in US, AP CM directs officials on chillies purchase

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Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who is currently camping in US held a teleconference with the officials here on purchase of chillies. The Chief Minister had directed the officials to open three more centers in the State to procure the chillies from the farmers in the next two days.

He had directed the officials to open procurement centres at Kurnool, Ongole and Chilakaluripet and keep the markets open even on Saturday and Sunday. He wanted the officials to create confidence among the farmers and ensure that the last bag with the farmers is also procured. He wanted the officials to provide additional wages to the workers at the markets.

Chandrababu Naidu inquired about the support price guaranteed to the farmers and asked them to provide Rs 8,000 a quintal. The officials briefed the Chief Minister that they were paying additional Rs 1500 per quintal and have planned to procure 20 quintals in the next two days. The Chief Minister directed the officials to prevent rush of the farmers at the market yards and wanted the officials to streamline them to prevent crowded.

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Chandrababu backs Jan-Dec fiscal year shift

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has expressed inclination to change state’s budget cycle from the existing April-March cycle to January-December cycle.

Naidu held that financial year has to be uniform in the country because the states will receive central grants as well as their shares in central taxes, which are calculated and released in specific financial years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in April, supported the idea put forth by Niti Aayog to switch fiscal year stating that in a country where agricultural income is vital, budgets should be prepared right after the receipt of agricultural incomes for the year. On the contrary, the overall contribution of Agriculture to GDP has been trifling.

Nevertheless, Modi is keen on a change the financial year and it is obvious for the BJP governing state to accept the idea. Subsequently, Madhya Pradesh is the first state to shift the financial year to January-December. On the other hand, Maharashtra has ruled out a switch of financial year until and unless the Centre changes it. Gujarat, is watching the steps Madhya Pradesh will be taking to bring about the change, before it goes about with the move.

The debate on best choice for a new financial year has been never ending. But Modi Government appointed a committee under the chairmanship of Shankar Acharya to study the issue and prepare the ground for the change. The report which was submitted to Finance minister towards the end of the year 2016, is yet to made public.

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Nara Lokesh opens 7 IT firms at Medha

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Vijayawada: Minister for Information and Panchayat Raj Nara Lokesh had formally inaugurated the offices of seven IT companies at the prestigious Medha Towers at Gannavaram on the outskirts of the city on Wednesday.

Medah Towers, a six-floor building right in front of the Gannavaram Airport was built a decade ago to make it the IT hub for the State. However, it remained unoccupied even after the bifurcation. The efforts of the State government took so long to finally make it the IT hub with IT Minister Lokesh formally inaugurating the offices of the IT companies. These seven IT firms are set to provide employment to over 1600 persons in the State.

The companies including Grupo Antolin, Melsova, EP SOFT, Yamyah IT Solutions, Chandu Soft and Rotomaker have opened their offices here. These companies deal in high-end automotive interiors designing, IT consultancy, digital educational services, IT/ITES services, projects and products among other things. This was possible with the initiative of the AP Non-Resident Telugu Society headed by Ravikumar Vemuru, who is also busy organising the 10-day tour of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in US.

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Kia Motors’ car plant to come up in Andhra

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South Korean auto major Kia Motors will set up a car manufacturing plant in Andhra Pradesh with an investment of $1.1 billion.

The plant to come up in Penugonda in Anantapur district will produce 3 lakh cars in a year. The work on the facility will start towards the end of this year while the production is expected to commence in the second half of 2019.

The company on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh government in the presence of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu..

“Kia plans to produce a strategic compact sedan and compact SUV especially for the Indian market at the new plant, which will occupy around 23 million square feet and incorporate facilities for stamping, welding, painting and assembly. The site will also be home to numerous supplier companies’ facilities,” said a company statement.

The state government has allotted 600 acres of land for the plant, which will provide direct employment to 10,000 people.

“It will enable us to sell cars in the world’s fifth largest market, while providing greater flexibility for our global business. Worldwide demand for Kia cars is growing and this is our latest step towards becoming a leading global car manufacturer,” said Han-Woo Park, President of Kia Motors.

The company said construction of a new manufacturing facility in India will enable it to maintain its position as one of the world’s fastest-growing automobile brands. With this the company will start selling its models in India, and benefit from further sustainable sales growth, locally and internationally.

India is the fastest growing major new car market and the fifth largest in the world, with more than 3.3 million new cars sold in 2016. Forecasts suggest the country will become the third-largest car market by the end of 2020, it added.

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AP moves from ‘World Class’ tag to ‘World Best’ tag for Amaravati

Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had come up with a new phrase to describe the new capital, Amaravati. Right from the day one of his plans for the new capital, he had been using the phrase of World Class capital to describe Amaravati plans. He wanted Amaravati to be the global destination for investments and employment.

Now, the buzz word is “World Best”. Chandrababu Naidu wants the Amaravati city to be the world’s best right from its planning to the designs of the structures. As the master plan and the plans for the structures, including bridges across river Krishna are in the final stage, the Chief Minister wants everything now to be the world’s best. He is very particular about the representation of the Telugu culture, the historical Buddhist connection and the prestigious Kuchipudi tradition reflected in every sphere.
Of the two proposed bridges across river Krishna, one bridge would be the total reflection of the Kuchipudi Mudra (dance form). The design of the bridge is in its final stage and the Chief Minister wanted it to be the special attraction for the tourists. The bridge is would have four lanes besides additional space for the people to walk around in the evenings.

The hills around Undavalli and Penumaka, besides the Vaikuntapuram and Harischandrapuram too would be made tourist attractions. The seven Islands in river Krishna, besides the existing Bhavani Island, would also be converted into tourist places.

The government city, slated to come up on 900 acres near Uddandarayapalem too would reflect the Telugu and Buddhist cultures. The city would have the Assembly, Secretariat, Raj Bhavan, the Chief Minister’s Office and the residences for the Ministers, MLAs, MLCs and senior bureaucrats. Chandrababu Naidu wants every structure here should be the world’s best and reflect the Telugu culture. The focus now is on the design of the Assembly building which would have an iconic tower that is expected to go about 500 meters height housing the Assembly and Council Halls, offices of the Speaker and the political parties.

The new city would have metro bus services on the main roads, pollution-free electric bus services in the internal roads. This would be in addition to the water transport being planned in the city. “Every movement and every travel from one place to the other should not take more than 30 minutes,” is what the Chief Minister is insisting on the planners and designers.

In all probability, the Chief Minister is firm on launching the works of the two bridges across the river and the Government city with the construction of Assembly complex on priority. The works on the roads is in progress and they are set to complete 80 per cent in the next six months. Special focus is being laid on the greenery development in the city, along the roads and around the buildings. “All this would make the city a best in the world,” Chandrababu Naidu asserted.

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City Gallery’ first of its kind in India to come up in Amaravati

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Vijayawada: In a review meeting held on Amaravati project, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the proposal for a ‘City Gallery’ which will serve as a “Amaravati Experience Centre”.

The city gallery which is perhaps the first of its kind in the country would engage people of the capital in the development process of Amaravati. The gallery would come up in an area of 4.5 acres at a cost of Rs 13.69 crore. The AP government conceived the project after studying city galleries in cities such as Singapore, Astana, Berlin and Chicago.

The gallery would provide interfaces through physical models, virtual reality experience and exhibitions for people to participate in the growth of Amaravati. Besides this it will also show images depicting the past, present and future of Amaravati.

The temporary structure will be built on existing infrastructure near the Amaravati foundation stone area and a semi- permanent structure would also come up to house the capital city model. The proposed number of visitors per day is 300 to 500 and may cross over 4,000 after its completion. Various concepts and designs for the city gallery were discussed by the officials and the Chief Minister has asked them to come up with more innovative designs in the next meeting.

Later the Chief Minister reviewed the proposals for the development of Rajiv Gandhi River Front Park and integrated transportation plan.

At the beginning of the meeting CRDA officials played a walk through video on the streets of LPS layouts. In a few days from now the department proposes to develop a virtual experience of the walk through video and show it to all the stakeholders involved.

Sharing his comments on the video, the Chief Minister said that a more number of trees, walking and cycle paths and green ways should be developed keeping in view the climatic conditions of the State.

The Chief Minister suggested that Amaravati should have a wide range of public transport facilities. He said that main centers in the city should be connected through metro buses and other centers through electrical buses. Small distance travel should be through waterways he added.

The Chief Minister suggested that a beautiful replica of the historic Tirumala Temple be constructed on a hill available in the capital region.

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