Chief Minister Sri N Chandrababu spoke about the way the new state of AP is making progress with developments and way forward strategies. He stated that there is every likelihood of Andhra Pradesh to reach the bracket of top 3 states by the year 2022, provided there is adequate assistance coming from the Centre.
Speaking to the media at New Delhi, CM cited two very important facts surrounding the growth of AP; The state achieving 9.72 per cent GSDP growth during the first quarter of this fiscal year; and 11 nationally acclaimed institutions agreeing to set up centres in Andhra Pradesh.
Mr Naidu stated that so far, Andhra Pradesh has received a modicum of assistance from the Centre. This includes Rs. 600 crore for the rural inclusive development project, Rs. 2,200 crore as relief for the damage caused by cyclone Hudhud and Rs. 4,500 crore assistance from the Asian Development Bank for developmental programs in the Visakhapatnam-Chennai corridor. In addition to the above, the Centre’s permission has been recently secured for the metro rail project in Vijayawada.
Addressing queries on the securing special category status for Andhra Pradesh, Mr Naidu said the Niti Aayog has been holding discussions with relevant departments on the issue and an announcement is expected soon.