VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh communications advisor Parakala Prabhakar has appealed to all individuals and organisations not to indulge in smear campaign against the state government or use social media to comment on its functioning.
Participating in a roundtable conference on ‘Navyandhra Pradesh Development’ organised by Andhra Pradesh Journalists Forum (APJF) here Saturday, Parakala Prabhakar said that chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and the ministers are taking brave steps for the development of the state despite the deep financial crisis amounting to `80,000 crore, thanks to bifurcation.
“One cannot make rapid strides in such a context. Against this backdrop, whoever wants to make a ‘friendly advice’ regarding developmental plans for AP can approach the government directly. The state government welcomes all suggestions and constructive criticism.” Moreover, Andhra Pradesh, with its vast coastline and ports, is likely to give a tough competition to Singapore in the next 15 years. There will be a huge demand for electronics in the future and the state would contribute a lot to the market, he added.
Irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao alleged that Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was not honouring the AP Reorganisation Act and creating unwarranted controversies over issues like power, Governor being vested with the responsibility of law and order in Hyderabad and nativity. Nevertheless, we will put in our best efforts to make AP as the hub of hardware industry on the lines of Hyderabad, which is the hub of IT, he added.
APNGO Association president P Ashok Babu called up on the people, leaders and political parties to end their obsession with Hyderabad city. “It is time we stop worrying about losing Hyderabad to Telangana. We too can build a new capital city like Hyderabad, which however, will take a little time.”
Vijayawada Chamber of Commerce president V Bhaskara Rao urged the government to review taxes like CST and VAT immediately since 85 per cent of essential goods were being manufactured in Telangana state. He also asked the leaders and government not to confuse or influence the people to purchase lands by making comments over setting up educational institutions or industries.