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Naidu mulling to rollback ‘revolutionary’ decision

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Political pressure is building on Naidu on rolling back what the chief minister once touted as revolutionary decision in empowering the women in the state. The government, which is not in a mood to displease contractors, is in principle said to have decided to take back the leases of sand mining from the women self-help groups (SHG). Rather than the women, these contractors play in strengthening the party network in rural areas. There are so powerful that, even if the leases are with the women, they could successfully force the women for illegal subleasing or threaten them to acquiesce to their activities. Even though last year, the sand mining yielded good revenue, it created more problems, because in many places, TDP leaders were involved in the illegal mining. Bitter after taste left by the controversy generated by the purported rude behavior of TDP MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar towards MRO Vanajaskhi is said to have played bigger role in forcing the government to revisit its own decision to roll-back the leases given to the SHG. Though Naidu had to do a lot of home work to give clean chit to Chintmaneni Prabhakar, the controversy generated by his alleged attack highlighted two things: 1. one TDP leaders are involved in the sand related activities. 2. If there is no policy change it would expose the party to the political attacks from opposition parties. Vanajaskhi issue had got limited attention as the opposition YSRC party was busy in other important issues such as special status and land acquisition. As a solution to this, the government is mulling over to cancel the leases of Women groups and give them to the private parties. By this the government could please TDP leaders in a big way . For a party which is not able to provide rewards in the form of appointments in public sector bodies, sand mining leases could be an escapee route. According to sources a final decision will be taken in a week. The issue was discussed threadbare at the Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu Thursday. Before announcing the rollback Naidu’s government will publish a white paper on sand mining and supply in the State while asking the people come up with suggestions to improve the system.

This was disclosed by none other than Achhannaidu, labor minister. He admitted sand mafia continued to exert its influence the sand mining. “Whether or not we need to revert to the earlier practice or are there any other ways to improve the present system were discussed,” Achhannaidu said.

The TDP government had handed over sand mining to the DWCRA women groups with a view to empowering them but the rules appeared to have increased sand shortages. Similarly, the ban on quarrying at night led to a decrease in sand excavation, which had a cascading impact on the construction industry is the explanation the government is planning put forth.

“The existing sand mining policy fetched more than Rs. 780 crore in a year compared to about Rs. 60 crore in combined Andhra Pradesh. Unlike earlier, a clear picture had emerged now on the number of ramps and reaches, and the sand available. The government was considering handing them over to private parties by auctioning the reaches,” the Minister said..

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AP Cong to implead itself in farmers’ suicide cases

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The Andhra Pradesh Congress will implead itself in the cases related farmers’ suicides in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which are now being heard by d Hyderabad High Court. APCC president N Raghuvira Reddy said the High Court had snubbed the two governments in the cases and directed them to submit detailed reports on the reasons behind the crisis in the farm sector.

Stating that the two governments were trying to dilute the seriousness of the situation and were covering up facts Raghuvira revealed that Congress would implead itself in the cases to present the facts and figures before the Court. “The lack of seriousness on the Andhra Pradesh government was evident from the manner in which chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has put the death toll at 46 while 70 farmers committed suicide in September alone. Over 100 people committed suicide in Anantapur district alone. Farmers of commercial crops like tobacco, sugarcane and palm have are in deep crisis and suicides are being reported from the areas these crops” he said.

The APCC chief said the TDP government had failed to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee despite promising to do so and present crisis was the result of chief minster’s basic attitude towards agriculture.

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Naidu holds teleconference with 8K people

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Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu today gave a clarion call to people of the state wherever they are to come forward to eradicate the poverty and backwardness from the state by adopting villages and wards in the state.

Addressing an unusually large Teleconference with about 8000 people across the globe, who adopted the villages and wards, he sought help from them to make “Smart Village and Smart Ward” program a success. So far 7,978 General Partners and 4,767 Sector Partners have been identified for the development of their adopted villages/wards. Appreciating their noble gesture of spending nearly Rs 300 crore on modernization works in their respective villages/wards, the CM said a web portal for real-time monitoring had also been launched. Naidu also announced that an independent body headed by a CEO will be set up to monitor the progress of government’s flagship program “Smart Village/Smart Ward”.
The objective of the program is realize the key indicators like 24x7power, gas, road and drinking water, individual household toilets, 100% literacy, prevention of maternal or infant mortality, broadband connectivity, eradication of child marriages etc.

He has invited NRIs, NRVs (Non-Resident Villagers), Industrialists, Ministers, MPs, MLAs, Celebrities, IAS, IPS and IFS officers to adopt villages. The Chief Minister also appreciated the 600 active partners who had already completed a baseline survey of their respective adopted villages and wards.

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Purandeswari asks Naidu to stop acquiring farm lands

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On the day Nara family’s take-over of Telugu Desam party from NTR family was complete with the elevation of Lokesh to the rank of general secretary of the party, NTR’s daughter D Purandeswari upped the ante against the TDP government. Purandewari, who is also BJP Mahila Morach in -charge, announced her opposition to the acquisition of fertile agricultural lands for setting up industries during her visit to in Pedana, Krishna district yesterday.

In no uncertain terms, the scion of NTR , who distanced Naidu’s TDP politics 15 years back, said taking the fertile lands in Machilipatnam (Bandar) area for the development of deep water port and associated industrial corridor was unfair. Pedana also falls in the danger zone of Naidu grandiose plan of Bandar Port development plan. Expressing surprise at the huge land bank being created by the state government with farm lands, she also, demanded Telugu Desam government to release a white paper on the lands acquired so far, plans to acquire more land in future along the with their fertile strength.

On Wednesday, local BJP of Pedana, organized a program to felicitate her on her visit to the town of Kalankari art. Many farmers met her and poured over their woes before her. She said she was especially opposed to the state government’s move to acquire thousands of acres of fertile land for the proposed Machilipatnam deep-sea port and port-based industries. Purandeswari, who was HRD minister in pervious UPA government, said she would soon meet farmers, who were facing the threat of eviction due to the proposed land acquisition in Machilipatnam and Pedana mandals in Krishna district.

She demanded that the government could acquire barren land to create a land bank.

The senior BJP leader demanded a white paper be released giving a clear picture on how much land acquired and how it would utilize the land acquired by it. She opined that if acquisition of agriculture lands continued, it would affect the food security in future, in view of the population of the growth of the country.

This is the second the BJP tried to embarrass the its ally TDP in the state in the past ten days. Last week, after a visit to Polavarm project, BJP Andhra Pradesh president K Haribabu said not a pie had been spent on the polavarm project by TDP government. ” TDP asking centre to reimburse Rs 1900 crore spent on Polavarm project, is unfair, as there was no physical progress on the project. Government should demonstrate its commitment to the complete the Polavaram project with the same commitment which it showed on Pattiseema project,” Haraibabu said.

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Foundation laid for defense unit near Anantapur

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Foundation stone has been laid for the second venture of Bharat Electronics Limited near Palasamudram village in Anatapuramu district. BEL is coming forward to set up Defence Systems Integration Complex at a cost of Rs 500 crore. About 32 years ago in 1982, BEL had set up its first unit in Machilipatnam. The public sector giant is also planning another establishment at Nimmaluru in Krishna district soon.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, union defense minister Manohar Parikkar, union urban development ministers Venkaiah Naidu, civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, commer ce minister Nirmala Sitharaman and science and technology minister Y.S. Chowdary participated in the program. Once commissioned, Palasamudram facility would be the largest BEL establishement in the country. It is located in a sprawling 900 acre complex and will be an extension of BEL’s Missile Systems Strategic Business Unit at its Bangalore Complex.

“The Palasamudram unit will cater to the needs of Missile & Weapon Systems manufacturing/integration for the ongoing and upcoming Missile programmes,” the defense minister said. The new facility will house state-of-the-art infrastructure such as Assembly Hangars and Hard Stands for Radars and Weapon integration, RF radiation sources for target simulation, Automatic Test Equipment, Clean Rooms for electronic assembly, Non-Explosive & Explosive Integration Buildings, Missile Storage buildings, Environmental Test Chambers, Fire Stations, Solar Power Plant, Estate and Admin buildings.

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Naidu unhappy over bankers in AP

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu displeasure over bankers for their non-cooperation in extending credit to farmers and highlighted the need for sensitizing bankers. Naidu addressed the bankers in the 191st meeting of the SLBC of Andhra Pradesh in Vijayawada, Expressing anguish over the spurt of farmer suicides in the state, the Chief Minister said that bankers had been adamant and have been showing the government in bad light despite the government extending debt redemption scheme and making capital infusion for the welfare of farmers in the state.

“Andhra Pradesh cannot have farmer suicides. We need to be sensitive to their problems. Lack of viability of commercial crops, defunct pump sets are some of the main reasons. We need to bring down debts and for this, we need cooperation of bankers. Every farmer should be able to carry out agriculture without debts,” he added. Crop insurance has become a major problem in the state. Despite farmers paying premiums, they are not able to insure their crops. “Hence, we need to prepare a vulnerability index and sort issues district-wise,” the Chief Minister explained.

The Chief Minister also expressed his dissatisfaction with bankers lagging in technological advancement. He sought information on how many banks do not have Core Banking Solutions and why they have not been able to digitize their data completely.

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Bauxite Mining: Naidu Then and Now

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Politics is all about convenience. Your vocabulary changes depending upon your seat in Assembly- Treasury benches or opposition benches. Taking complete U turn Telugu Desam government is planning to exploit the bauxite ore available in Visakhapatnam district. According to sources in the Government and TDP, the party wants to reopen the negotiations with the companies which were given the license to mine the bauxite and produce alumina and aluminium . Even Kothapalli Gita, MP from Araku, into which the mining area falls, revealed that the mining activity would begin once chief minister takes a final decision . It is clear that TDP is actively considering the bauxite mining, ironically which stoutly opposed when chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy government gave license to Anrak, a gulf company to mine bauxite. Chief minister Naidu visited the areas in deep jungle and opposed this. See what Naidu said on November 18, 2010 about bauxite mining.

Talking to media in Visakhapatnam, then opposition leader in Assembly, Chandrababu Naidu opposed bauxite mining the Eastern Ghats of Visakhapatnam district., Naidu said, ” The Congress government should respect the public opinion and take note of concerns expressed by environmentalists.” Naidu visited the proposed bauxite mining sites near Anatagiri in Visakhapatnam district on November 18, 2010 before addressing the media. ” Congress government deals with Jindal Company and Ras-al-Khaima , be scrapped and no bauxite mining should be taken up,” he demanded.

At that time he was bold enough to admit that the his TDP government had once made the proposal to take up bauxite mining in the Visakhapatnam district. But, after heeding to public opinion, he said, he had retracted from the decision to mine the bauxite. He attacked the YSR Government, which gave the permits, by stating ” Congress was quite unmindful of the problems of girijans and was also ignoring the ecological issues. The deals have been struck with the companies in an underhand manner.”

Now in 2015, Naidu changed his tune. He is actively pursuing the mining of bauxite. So, the Left parties are planning to launch agitation to stop the bauxite mining from ecologically sensitive zone in Eastern Ghats. On Friday, all Left parties organized a round table in Vizag. These parties adopted a resolution which demanded the government to withdraw all plans to undertake the bauxite mining and protect the Girijan and environment.

They also demanded the TDP government to stop harassing the tribal people who were raising their voice against the reopening the bauxite mining. Leader participated in the meeting were, J V Satyanarayana Murthy, AJ Stalin, M Pydirraju (CPI),K Lokanadham, G Koteswara Rao (CPM), Y Kondiah (CPIML New Democracy), GVM Reddy (MCPI U), Ganesh Panda (CPIML), S Govindarajulu ( SUCI-C) etc.

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AP launches BC sub-plan with Rs 6640.50 crore

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In a major breakthrough in wooing the backward classes TDP government today decided to implement the B.C.Sub Plan with an outlay of Rs.6640.50 crore from the Budget Estimates of 2015-16.

With this Andhra Pradesh has become the first state in India to implement a sub-plan on the lines of SC sub-plan for the welfare of backward communities in the state. In fact it was again the state of Andhra Pradesh, which made implementation of the SC plan mandatory through an act of Assembly for the first time during chief minister Kirankumar Reddy’s Congress regime. Ever since SC sub-plan was given statutory backing , BC also have been demanding a sub-plan.

With a view to give more focus to the all round development of backward classes in the state, the TDP government today decided to earmark certain portion of funds from the total plan outlay of state for the exclusive development of backward classes under Backward Classes Sub Plan. To begin with, Government has decided to implement the BC Sub-Plan with an outlay of Rs.6640.50 Crore. The scheme are being implemented in 21 departments, which include BC welfare, Handloom, rural development, education,energy, civil supplies, industries etc.

The allocation of funds under sub-plan prevents the diversion of funds meant for BC welfare to other schemes and projects. The expenditure under sub-plan will be transparent.

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Andhra Pradesh plans pilgrimages to Pattiseema

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While opposition parties call the state government’s Godavari-Krishna linking as fraud and can’t be called interlinking of rivers at any stretch of imagination, chief minister Chandrababau Naidu is planning to convert the Pattiseema Project into a pilgrim centre. Pattiseema, according to Naidu, has made the linking of what he calls mighty rivers of South India Godavari and Krishna possible. He boasted this even  to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. According to sources in the government, Naidu is planning to take a bus load of farmers from each district to Pattiseema Lift and Polavaram righ branch canal. And the government has earmarked Rs 50 lakh for each district for the purpose of Pattiseema Pilgrimage and associated awareness creation.

Naidu’s objective is to burn the idea of interlinking of Godavari-Krishan into the minds of people of Andhra Pradesh, as  a greatest feat, achieved by TDP government. This is all to educate the people of the state on the need to link various rivers and divert the water to deficient regions like Rayalaseema in order to achieve drought proofing of Andhra Pradesh, says TDP sources.

The Government has embarked on a campaign from October 2, to December 3 to create the awareness on Drought Proofing, Inter- linking of rivers, Water Conservation, Water Management and Plantation. The campaign envisages active participation from all sections of the society besides various Government departments at village , mandal , district , state level, high schools, colleges and universities. During the campaign period discussions , debates and other competitions will be held  for students, farmers, NGOs, Water Users Associations(WUAs), public representatives, Government departments etc. on  drought proofing, inter linking of rivers, water conservation, water management and plantation.

The winners of these competitions will be taken to Pattiseema on pilgrimage. Instructions have been issues to the chief engineer and superintending sngineer, irrigation, who are in charge of Pattiseema Project works, to make necessary arrangements for conducting the awareness tours at the project site and facilities to the visiting pilgrims.

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UNICEF & CESS reveal ugly side of Andhra Pradesh

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Around the same time, when Chandrababu Naidu was briefing Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong about the World Bank rank to Andhra Pradesh in ease of doing business today, Assembly speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao released a study report that demolished the development of Andhra Pradesh and its reforms. About 64.92 per cent of state people have no water provision in their houses and 52.50 per cent still practice open defecation,according to the report the speaker released.

While Andhra Pradesh may be second to only Gujarat in ease of doing business , but its track record, according to the report, is terribly poor as far as the provision of drinking water is concerned. The study revealed that the state has not made much progress in providing drinking water and total sanitation facilities, particularly in rural areas. These areas remained untouched by the so called reforms and the modern governance. The report, ‘Constituency-wise Analysis of Drinking Water and Sanitation Conditions in Andhra Pradesh’ hs s been prepared jointly by the Division of Child Studies of UNICEF and Hyderabad based Centre for Economic and Social Studies(CESS). Like World Bank, Unicef is also a credible international organization and CESS an autonomous research organization.

The report has been released by Andhra Pradesh Assembly speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao in Unicef office of Hyderabad.

According to the report only 35.8 per cent households have water facility in their premises. While West Godavari tops the list of districts in Andhra Pradesh with 55 per cent, Srikakulam is the lowest with 15. 57 per cent. The households that have water facilicity in the premises account just 25.88 per cent in Kurnool district. As far latrine facility, only 47.5 per cent household have latrines. In this aspect Krishna occupies top rank with 70.35 household, Anantapuram and Srikakulam are at the rock bottom with 22.01 per cent and 21.24 per cent respectively.

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Naidu assures world-class roads for AP

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Chief minister chandrababu Naidu today asked the official to take the contractors to task if the roads they laid were of substandard. “Black list all those whose work doesn’t stand test of quality,” he said. The Chief Minster asked officials to study/review the contractors’ work before awarding them project. “We cannot compromise on the quality. Those delivering sub-standard work will be blacklisted,” the CM said.

The CM also instructed the officials to restore all roads in the state into all-weather roads. He asked them to make every road in the state pothole free and should be in position to offer a safe journey. Addressing the collectors conference on the second day in Vijayawada today, the CM said the roads in the state got destroyed during the ten-year Congress rule. ” From now onwards”, he said,” people should not suffer because of bad and pothole filled roads during rainy season.”

He assured that there would be no dearth of funds for repairing the road in Andhra Pradesh. He set a deadline of three years to make Andhra Pradesh’s road network the best and well connected in the country. “Public satisfaction is important. Once the change is evident, people will appreciate us. We should set an example by constructing world-class roads,” he added.

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Naidu to invite S’pore PM to Amaravati ceremony

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Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu will extend official invitation to the Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the new capital of Andhra Pradesh on October 22nd.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu along with the delegation of ministers and officials will visit the island nation on September 21st and 22nd.

On the first day , chief minister will participate in a commercial meeting at Science Park with a Singapore Consortium and later, meet Minister Iswaran for lunch and discuss on the Swiss Challenge Method for Amaravati Development.

In the evening, the CM will deliver a lecture at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) which will be moderated by Ambassador Gopinath Pillai, Special Envoy to Andhra Pradesh and then attend the dinner hosted by the Singapore consortium.

On the second day, the Chief Minister along with the government delegation will visit the Singapore City Gallery and get an overview of the key physical features such as residential, industrial, commercial areas, airbases, reservoirs etc of the City. He will also review the planning for the Civic district, Marina Bay and also study the Concept Plan and the Master Plan.

The visit to Singapore City Gallery will also include planning for green and blue spaces, recreation spaces, island-wide water catchment, waste management, integration of land use plans with public transport networks and conservation planning.

Before wrapping up his 2-day visit, he will visit three townships :
1. Kallang-Bendemeer Region (Sports hub)
2. Changi Business Park Region (Aviation hub)
3. One-North Region (R&D, Knowledge hub)

During the visit to townships, the Chief Minister will understand different stages of integrated townships and how the Seed Development Area could potentially evolve from lower density, high-tech industry business spaces to higher density, high-end office-business park spaces. He will leave Singapore on September 22nd evening.

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Naidu’s third S’pore trip to cost Rs 63 lakh

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is leaving for Singapore on four day tour on September 20, to have further consultations with Singapore government on the development of Amaravati, the emergent capital of Andhra Pradesh.His trip is costing Rs 63 lakh to the exchequer. External affairs ministry had conveyed it’s no objection to the trip from the political angle, yesterday.

This is Chief minister’s third trip to Singapore on the same purpose. Normally, once an agreement is reached at the political level, rest is left to the officials and experts. But, Naidu is not allowing anybody’s view creep into the capital project. He is ensuring that his and only his signature is burned into his dream project of world class capital. The other man who can peep into his design is municipal administration minister Narayana. Anybody who contests this would be shunted out of department of municipal administration and urban development. In the past 15 months, two upright principal secretaries have been shown the door.

The CM himself is overseeing every aspect of the Capital development- which earned him a moniker of ‘CM of CRDA’. He is participating in every meeting connected to the capital. On one side Naidu visits Singapore regularly, on the other, the city state is also reciprocating this by sending her ministers to Andhra Pradesh with equal regularity.

This time round, Naidu is going with a 12-member team which include Y Ramakrishnudu, (finance ),P Narayana (municipal administration), Parakala Prabhakar (advisor, communications ) SP Tucker(special chief secretary, planning), PV Ramesh Babju (principal secretary, finance), Satish Chandra( Principal secretary to CM), Ajay Jain (principal secretary, energy), Rawat Shamsher Sigh (secretary, industries) and N Srikanth (commissioner,CRDA).

According to sources in the government, Naidu’s trip is meant to discuss the appointment of principal developer and chief architect etc. He wants to finalize the developer and architect capital project before the October 22, when PM Narendra Modi is expected to lay foundation stone for the capital construction.

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After Centuries, land records to speak in Telugu

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All through written history, the lands of Telugu people have been ruled by non-Telugus for most of the time. In the coastal area, the fall of Vengi put an end to glorious Telugu rule, though smaller kingdoms flourished later. In Godavari basin, first Telugu empire was Kakatiya. Krishnadeveraya was a Kannada King, who mastered Telugu also. Later for about three centuries Muslims ruled these lands followed by foreigners such as French, British etc. The land administration bears testimony to this. The language the land-records speak is either Persian, Urdu or English. So, we can conclude without hesitation, that even though we have been ruled by Telugu people since 1953(when Andhra state was formed), our land administration has never spoken language of the people. Now, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, in a belated realization, found the language was complex and understandable only to revenue officials. He says words such as ‘Ajmaish’, ‘Adangal’ and ‘Pahani’ should not be allowed to continue.

He asked AP Revenue Department to replace these archaic words with simple Telugu terms so that they some transparency is ensured as common man will begin to understand them.

“All the old terminologies and obsolete words used in land records will be phased out very soon as the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has asked revenue department to come up with simplified nomenclature for terms used in the land and revenue departments,” said Deputy Chief Minister KE Krishnamurthy.
Revenue department will avail the services of Centre for Innovation in Public System (CIPS) to carry out the task.

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V’wada and Vizag metros to be ready by 2018

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Even though the population is below viable level in Vijayawada and Vizag, centre is ready to give go ahead for the construction of metro rails for the two cities. On Saturday Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted the detailed project report (DPR) to the state government. DMRC advisor Sridharan delivered a copy of the DPR each to chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu today in Vijayawada. Later, Andhra Pradesh has decided to entrust construction of the two metros to DMRC. For the time being, Guntur metro has been put on hold.

Talking to media chief minister Naidu announced that these two projects had been fast tracked and will be completed as per the schedule. “Vijayawada works will begin any time and project will be completed by 2018,” he said. Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said there won’t be any problem for Vizag as the population might have reached 20 lakh by now. ” As per the 2011 census Vizag population was 17 lakh. As the city has recorded 2.85 pc growth rate, by this time the population must have reached to 20 lakh by now,” he said.

Similarly, he said, Vijayawada metro had been permitted without sticking to the population norm as it is the capital city. He said Vijayawada DPR had already been approved by the Andhra Pradesh government which letter sent it for centre’s approval. “Centre has also cleared the project and it is being posed for international aid,”Venkaiah said.

The 26.03 km long Vijayawada metro will be taken up at a cost of Rs 6769 crore while the 42.55 km Vizag metro needs Rs 12727 crore. Venkaiah hoped that Vijayawada and Vizag projects would be completed by 2018 . He appreciated the CM for fast tracking these projects.

Chief minister said a special purpose vehicle (SPV) would be set up with union government, Andhra Pradesh government and financiers soon.

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Naidu aims Rs 10,000 crore investment in AP Tourism

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With an objective of transforming Andhra Pradesh into a Tourism Hub, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will launch the Tourism Mission Document on September 14, 2015 in Vijayawada. The objective of the Tourism Policy is to facilitate investments in to the tourism sector to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore and contribute 7% to the State GDP by 2020, and creation of 5 lakh additional jobs in the tourism sector. Investments will be attracted mainly through private sector projects, and to a limited extent through PPP projects and government projects. Botanical gardens, Urban/Rural haats, Tourism & Hospitality Training Institute, Wayside amenities, Spiritual/Wellness centers, Museums. To attract the Rs 10,000 investment Naidu will announce many concessions to the investors like 100 per cent entertainment tax, power concession on the lines of HT consumers such as airports, railway stations and bus stations. Are these concessions enough to attract a massive investment of Rs 10,000 crore in near future for a state where economy is crippled by successive droughts and unemployment?

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Essel Group to develop Integrated Resort City in AP

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Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu asked the Essel group to explore the possibility of an integrated resort city in Andhra Pradesh on the lines of one set up in Singapore. The executives of Essel group, which working on the concept resort city met the chief minister on Friday and briefed about the idea of coming to Andhra Pradesh to set up such a project, which said has immense employment potential.

The Essel Group, which is currently working on developing Tirupati as Smart City. Amit Goenka, one of the promotors of the group and CEO, India Network Ltd, today met the chief minister Naidu to brief him about the concept of resort city. They also updated the CM with the progress of the company’s work in support the state in developing smart cities. Goenka agreed to conduct a feasibility study in Andhra Pradesh on setting up of the resort city.

Encouraging the concept the chief minister assured all cooperation from the government. “Andhra Pradesh has some of the best places. Explore the locations in the state and come up with a report,” the Chief Minister said. Chief Minister suggested them to keep Andhra Pradesh culture and needs in mind.

The integrated resort city has a great international market. In Singapore, integrated resort cities have generated business worth $10 billion. This has created 22,000 direct jobs and 40,000 indirect jobs, Goenka told the Chief Minister.

During the meeting Goenka also told the Chief Minster of their working on a waste-to-energy plant in Jamshedpur. Responding to this, the Chief Minister asked them to submit a report on their project to the Swachh Bharat task of force for which Naidu is convener.

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Lokesh mobilizing youth support to father

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Nara Lokesh Babu , who is going to play key role in party affairs today participated in an impressive gathering of students and youth in Kandukur, Prakasham district. Lokesh inaugurated the TDP Cadre Training Centre at Prakasam Engineering College. He is expected to concentrate on recruiting and moulding the students and youth for the TDP ideology of development of the state. According to party sources, Lokesh Babu is given responsibility of mobilizing youth to support TDP governments policies, which of late attracting criticism from opposition parties. “In Andhra Pradesh, students are not actively involved in TDP politics. The students activity is confined to the Left parties and BJP, and to some extent Congress. TDP doesn’t have an effective student and youth wing. Lokesh will concentrate on this aspect and mobilize youth opinion in favor of Chandrababu Naidu’s efforts to make Andhra Pradesh, a global destination of investment, which is going to create job in lakhs,” TDP sources involved in the Lokesh activities told Telugu 360.com

A senior party leader and politburo member, who doesn’t want his name quoted told this correspondent that Naidu wants to channelize youth energy to silence opposition onslaught on the developmental projects of TDP government.

“Chandrababu Naidu seems to have observed that Prime Minister Modi was being robustly defended by youth globally for his initiatives. He has highest youth following among the contemporary political leaders in India. Such a support is needed to rebuild any country or state. TDP president also wants harness youth power. Lokesh is on the job of mobilizing support Andhra youth wherever they are. Lokesh is given the responsibility of building youth force,” he said.

Already pressure is building on Lokesh to enter party organization and become in-charge of organizational matters. In a recent high level meeting party held in Vijayawada, politburo member and senior most leader of the party, Kala Venkatarao suggest to CM to appoint Lokesh as secretary-general of the party and make him in charge of organization. Naidu, though diplomatically chose not to respond to the suggestion in public, is indirectly encouraging his son to become the youth and student leader of the party.
The Kandukuru meeting, said the TDP leader, had proven the young Naidu’s capacity to attract the youth and sustain dialogue with them for longer time. “This is the quality of the leader”, he added.
Now we have to watch keenly the moves Lokesh takes to become the self-made leader or end up as son of Chandrababu Naidu.

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Experts caution Naidu against disturbing forest lands

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Chief minister Chadrababu Naidu’s public announcement that the government would identify about 17,000 acres in East and West Godavari districts to make room for industries has created furor among the environmentalists and public spirited activists. While talking to the people in Dwaraka Tirumala, Naidu revealed his plan to industrialize the two agriculture-rich and rice growing districts.He said the two district did not get industrialized because of non-availability of land. To overcome this, Naidu announced, the state government, would soon denotify the forest land to an extent of 17,000 acres.
It created loud protest from the environmentalists and activists.
Professor Chigurupati Ramachandraia of centre for economic and social sciences (CESS), Hyderabad, took strong objection to the proposal to denotify the forest land to make room for industries.

According to Ramachandraiah, a popular voice against the anti-people projects in the state for over 15 years, if the forest land is denotified and industries are set up, wonderful ecological balance, naturally evolved through ages, will get disturbed with serious consequences for the people of two districts. He demanded the state not to resort to the massacre of sensitive coastal environment.

The reasons Prof. Ramachandraiah cites to oppose the denotification of forest to facilitate industries are:

1. The area is thickly populated geography and is coastal ecology.

2. The two districts are known for their high degree of agriculture and allied activities especially fisheries.

3. Outside Agency area, the two districts have very litter forest area.

4. There is a fine balance between the density of population , high density agriculture and coastal activities. As the people are heavily dependent on the agriculture, any attempt to locate industries in the agro-fisheries zone would disturb the balance naturally evolved for ages.

5. Location of industries is not a standard solution for all districts. Industries should go to the area which suits them and agriculture should be allowed in the agro-ecological region. Any bungling in this division will lead to a disaster.

Dr S Jeevananda Reddy, former chief technical advisor, World Meteorological Organization (WMO/UN).
Reddy also expressed similar sentiment and opposed the proposal to denotify the forest lands in the name of establishing Industries in West and East Godavari district. ” There should be clarity on establishing industries. Industries are two types: location specific and non-location specific. If the government follows this principle in locating the industries half of the problems are solved,” he said . He said nobody would oppose if the government set up location specific industries in Agro-rich zones. ” In the name of industrializing the zone, without applying mind whether they are needed or not, if government set up industries in rice growing districts it will lead to serious contamination,” he said. Reddy further added that, “primary motive of industry is benefit to the individual, who sets up the industry, and for such industries, government should not resort to denotification of forests.

Dr EAS Sarma, former secretary, Government of India.

Dr Sarma strongly opposed the move. According to Sarma, chief minister Naidu is resorting to denotification of forest land to set up industrial units as he feared resentment among farmers.
He urged the union government to reject the proposal to denotify the land from AP government outright. “The government decided to de-notify 16,000 acres of forest land to accommodate several industrial units in West Godavari district on the ostensible ground that farmers are resisting acquisition of agricultural lands and, therefore, the industry should be handed over the required extent of forest land. This runs counter to the State’s obligation under Article 48A of the Constitution, the National Environment Policy approved by the Union Cabinet , the forest conservation laws enacted by the legislature and the norms of forest conservation and the Doctrine of Public Trust stipulated by Hon’ble Supreme Court from time to time.” Sarma said.

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Kapu’s will soon get BC status: Naidu

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CM Chandrababu Naidu once again assured that state government was committed to include the Kapus to the list of Other Backward Castes (OBC). He reiterated his stand today in Dwaraka Tirumala today. Naidu assurance assumes signficance in backdrop of demand from many upper castes for reservations across the country. Yesterday, many upper castes had held a demonstration demanding reservation. In Andhra Pradesh, members of Kapu, one of the biggest land-owning comminuties in state have been demanding OBC status. But, the demand is being fiercely contested by the origanal OBC communties. Hence the delay in including the community to the OBC list.

So, Naidu periodiacally reiterates his poll-commitment to the Kapus. On Thursday, in Dwaraka Tirumala, he said a fianance corporation would be set up with Rs 100 initial capital held poor among the Kapus.

The CM said the non-availability of land had become roadblock for the industrialization of East and West Godavari district. ” To overcome this problem and to make available enough land to set up industries, state government is planning to denotify 17,000 acres of forest land soon,” he said.

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