The CII conference got underway in Vizag today and this is attended by union ministers Arun Jaitley, Venkiah Naidu and Ashok Gajapati Raju as well as Chandra Babu Naidu. Representatives of about 50 countries are attending this conference. After inaugurating the conference, Arun Jaitley addressed it. He said AP is very fortunate to have a very long coastal line. He stated that once Polavaram built in partnership of state and union governments, there is no stopping AP.
Though the division was not done properly, there has been no major reduction in investments into the state and the stats show that, he said. He said that the central government is fulfilling the promises made to the state one by one and will soon fulfill all of them. He opined that the state's growth will surpass that of country in the future. He said that there are plenty of opportunities for investments in AP and that they are fully cooperating with the state government for development. He ended saying that the country wants change and that they are encouraging investments in rural sector.
Here comes a festival of sorts for boozers in AP. Recognizing the difficulties faced by drinkers who stay far away from the wine shops, the government has decided to open more wine shops. Decision is made to open more bars in beaches as well as municipal corporations. A GO with number 470 to this effect was released by special chief secretary of revenue department Ajay Kallam.
Government gave green signal to sell alcohol in food parlors present in corporations as well as beach areas. According to rules, a minimum of 200 square meters of space is needed to open a bar. Finding out that this is causing difficulties for boozers to fetch far for liquor, a decision is also made to minimize this to 100 square meters. This opens doors for more bars to be opened. Boozers are gong to have a gala time.
Is AP on the verge of being hit by another cyclone? The answer is apparently yes. The weather center in Vishakhapatnam reported that a severe cyclone is seen in the middle east part of Bay of Bengal. This is named Kayant and reported that this is moving in west-southwest direction at present.
This is located at 610 kilometers northwest of Port Blair and 780 kilometers east of Vizag coast last night. The state will experience heavy rainfall after the next 48 hours with this effect. The department also warned fishermen not to venture into the sea.
The union government has thrown cold water on aspirations of people of AP by denying special status promised to the state at the time of bifurcation. Finance minister Arun Jaitley has hinted that it is not possible to provide special to status to AP. He stated that the bifurcation law states only special funds but no special status. He said that the centre has already given 2015 crores for capital construction. He said that the central government is ready to fulfill all promises made during state bifurcation and his statements almost confirm that AP will not get special status.
Keeping aside the issue of special status, the union government gave a happy news to the state. Central minister Uma Bharati said that the centre will bear 100% of the expenses for Polavaram. She said in Delhi that water ministry is in talks with finance ministry in this regard and keeping in mind the interests of the nation, Polavaram has been given national status but MPs from Odissa are against this but the center will talk with them once again.
Janasena, the political outfit floated by Pawan Kalyan has got the registration in AP. It has been previously registered in Telangana sometime back. This clears the decks for the party to contest elections in both states. The papers pertaining to recognition have reached Pawan Kalyan in the status of founder of the party. The election commission has sent the papers to all district collectors and returning officers along with Pawan.
The election commission has ordered the officials to recognize Jana Sena as a political outfit from now on. But, the election authority did not yet allot a symbol to the party but promised that the party will get priority over independent candidates in allotting election symbols. It remains to be seen how Pawan's political career will turn out as he already declared his readiness to fight elections in 2019.