Not very long ago, the Union Minister for Agriculture, Radha Mohan Singh, made it a point to concentrate on the green welfare of Andhra. The union minister had spent a decent amount of time, analysing the state’s strength into fisheries and aquaculture. Mr Singh also made grants to several pending actions that would directly impact the fishing industry in AP. The minister went ahead and assured setting up of a National Breed Bank, upgraded the CIFE unit at Kakinada to a regional level, and sanctioned CRRI in Vijayawada and Srikakulam.
The Center’s visit and close reach out to the new state of Andhra Pradesh seems to be making a gradual impact the way things moved in the direction of progress. The Union Minister’s prompt action to address the vital issues for the thriving state made all heads turn and think. This had slowly begun the rest of the ministry to also contemplate on the position of Andhra, Mr Venkaiah Naidu included.
The recent visit of Mr Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home Affairs, India, only boosted the momentum further. Mr Singh was in Vijayawada, addressing the Southern Zonal Council and taking the opportunity to interact with several states that fell under the gamut. Rajnath’s direct imploration to both the Center and State officials to strive and work together towards development struck all the right chords. What was planned as a mandatory annual summit turned out to be thinking forum for all the representatives of state and the center.
To this effect, the center’s attention on the state seems to thicken, what with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry proposing up to Rs. 3,000 crore as an equity in the Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) under Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor (CBIC) project. The Southern Zonal Council meeting actually went through a detailed project report (DPR) prepared by the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) for Chennai Bangalore Industrial Corridor (CBIC) project.
While the Chief Minister continues to reach out to the Center, seeking help and vying for potential collaborations, it cannot be undermined that the undercurrent of attention is slowly moving towards the new state of Andhra Pradesh. This, particularly after the ongoing tie ups with global and national players opting to open their shops inside the state. The beginning of Central government’s focus on AP is also drawing other competition in the form of Telangana and state level BJP leaders to reach out to Delhi for extended help.
It remains to be seen as to where these associations and grants lead to, considering that the people of new state still feel left out without that major grant called Special status. While one can safely assume that ‘something is always better than nothing’, there lies a great amount of work ahead.