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2018 crucial year for TDP

A.K. Sabharwal
It has been an eventful 3 years for the TDP government both from an economic and policy stand point. Setting ambitious targets and striving every inch to achieve them have been Mr Chandrababu Naidu’s mark of fame.
Some of the ambitious targets Mr Naidu has set for the state of Andhra Pradesh include:
Top 3 states in India by 2022
Best state in the country by 2029
Best investment destination by 2050.
These bold targets above certainly played a crucial part in motivating the state’s bureaucracy in achieving results that have not only made the state standout but also got in marquee investors.
Between June 2014 and October 2017 the state received 230 proposals for investments in the IT/Electronics sector alone. These projected investments amount to Rs. 10,259 crores with significant employment potential.
To highlight a few:
Foxconn’s manufacturing unit in Sri City with a proposed direct employment generation of 12000 people
Celkon’s investment of Rs. 150 crores
Wipro’s projected investment of Rs 375 crores
Coming of HCL with an investment of Rs 500 crores with a proposed employment of 7500 people
Leading IT service provider Conduent to invest Rs. 649 crores for a direct employment of 5000 people
These are no small achievements which the Mr. Naidu and his team have been able to muster, keeping in mind that the sun rise state had to literally start from scratch with barely any infrastructure or funds.
Mr Naidu has also been conscious of the fact of spreading economic development throughout the state and not just concentrating on one city alone.
Hence from Chittor district to Kurnool to Guntur to Srikakulam the Mr. Naidu has made sure investments and econo-mic prosperity flows into districts across the state.
Giving e-governance a major push the Mr. Naidu had initiated several citizen centric e-governance projects such as Mee Seva, Mee Kosam, Mee Bhoomi all this to ensure efficient delivery of services and faster grievance redressal.
Coming of Nara Lokesh
The year 2017 also marked the much awaited entry of Mr Nara Lokesh into the state cabinet wherein he took charge of four crucial portfolios.
His entry has been a shot in the arm to the TDP government wherein he has been credited with bringing in a lot of youthful energy.
One of his most recent accomplishments has been getting the much celebrated Google X to the state. Google X and AP’s fibre grid arm APSFL signed an agreement to drastically boost Andhra Pradesh’s digital infrastructure.
‘The GoAP is committed to bring high speed internet and broadband connections to about 12 million households and 130000 enterprises by March 2019’ stated Mr Nara Lokesh during signing of the agreement.
AP’s Bureaucracy
It thus comes as no surprise that with the backing of top leadership the bureaucracy tends to outperform their peers in other states.
Andhra Pradesh has been fortunate enough to have some of the best bureaucrats in the country with officers of the calibre of Mr Dinesh Kumar, IAS, Chief Secretary known for maintaining an excellent relationship between the centre and the state; Special Chief Secretary Mr Satish Chandra, IAS, an exceptionally popular officer has simplified and facilitated investments of thousands of Crores; Principal Secretary Energy, Mr Ajay Jain, IAS, has been instrumental in revolutionizing the Power Sector in the state winning various accolades at the national level; Principal Secretary Industries, Mr Solomon Arokia Raj, IAS has been tirelessly attracting leading industrialists into the state; Principal secretary tourism; Mr Mukesh Kumar Meena, IAS, for bringing in tourism projects worth over Rs. 10000 crores; Vizag’s dynamic collector, Mr Pravin Kumar, IAS, who was recently bestowed with the best Collector award.
These individuals among others are playing an important role in shaping the future of this sun rise state through an eclectic mix of policy initiatives and execution.

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