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Chandrababu Naidu: The messiah to deliver the Dreams of new Andhra Pradesh

A.K. Sabharwal

After being divided, it is time to re-build. This was the dream that brought lakhs of people from all over new Andhra Pradesh to
Guntur to witness an event they felt will turn their dreams into reality.
They waited for hours, braving the heat and dust. Nothing would make them move from their places. And when their Messiah finally arrived to be sworn in as the new Chief Minister, nothing would stop their parched throats from letting out their yells of ecstasy.
The man of their dreams has finally arrived. With his trademark French beard and victory sign, Mr Narra Chandrababu Naidu took over as the new Chief Minister, with a promise that “I will not stop till I deliver your dreams”.
During his earlier tenure as Chief Minister, he unleashed a series of reforms, reducing food subsidies and showcasing Hyderabad as the IT capital. He earned praise from global leaders such as British Prime Minister Tony Blair and American President Bill Clinton. In 1996, when the United Front Government was sworn in at the Centre, he became the coalition’s convenor, and played a key role in negotiations with the alliance partners.
Now he has a more challenging and arduous task ahead of him. The state has been divided. New Andhra Pradesh is today virtually capital-less. It stares at a revenue deficit of Rs 15,000 crore. Industries are thirsty for power. Administration has broken down in the run-up to the bifurcation.
But these do not daunt him. At the first cabinet meeting held on June 12 in the Andhra University campus, he signaled his will to combat all odds and keep up his promises.
Uninterrupted 24- hour power supply to industries and homes, developing Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati as mega cities and a Cabinet sub committee to go into misuse of public money were some of the important decisions taken by the Çhandrababu Naidu Government’s first Cabinet meeting.
The Cabinet ratified all the five announcements made by the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu during his swearing-in near Vijayawada on June 8th. These include loan waiver for farmers, women members of SHGs and weavers, increasing the retirement age from 58 to 60, NTR Sujala Sravanti project aimed at supply drinking water at subsidized rate and hike in pension for widows, aged and physically challenged from October 2 and closure of belt shops.
On the power front, he utilised his ties with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and got his favourite city, Visakhapatnam, selected as the city for a pilot project on uninterrupted power. The project, to be executed by the Modi Government, is to be a test case and will be replicated in other cities later. “This is a huge boon for Andhra Pradesh,” said a senior member of Federation of AP Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
Briefing the media after the meeting, Mr. Naidu said he was aware of the limitations of his Government but would fulfill all the promises he made.
For someone who has been following him for years, it struck me that the leader has further grown in maturity and astuteness. He struck as a father-figure who is keen that his children get what they want.
Two cabinet sub committees would be constituted, one for studying ways to prevent corruption and another to shore up revenue, he told media persons after the cabinet meeting.
For instance if the ongoing LNG storage project at Gangavaram Port is completed the Government could get an additional Rs 3000 crore per annum from levying VAT.
Pointing out that the development of the new capital would require massive investment, he urged everyone to contribute their mite to it. He called upon everyone to contribute at least one brick or its cost. Those interested in contributing could donate it to ‘AP New Capital Development Fund/ CM Relief Fund’ and the donor could get a 100 per cent tax exemption.
Stating that the people in Telangana are also Telugus and our brothers and sisters Mr. Naidu asserted that they could always count on his support.
For the Millions of people who feel that here is their leader who will undo the damage that has been done to the State, we at Vizag Industrial Scan hope that Mr Naidu will repeat the magic that he had earlier done.

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