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Naidu seeks industry bigwigs’ help

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday asked industrialists and business leaders to contribute to the State government’s flagship programme ‘Smart Village, Smart Ward’ programme with human interest. He held a meeting with industry leaders, corporates and various industrialists from health, education, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, finance, sanitation, technology and other sectors.

Holds meeting with business leaders, corporates

Hyderabad: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday asked industrialists and business leaders to contribute to the State government’s flagship programme ‘Smart Village, Smart Ward’ programme with human interest. He held a meeting with industry leaders, corporates and various industrialists from health, education, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, finance, sanitation, technology and other sectors.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said, “You can either do this village-wise or choose a sector or area and work on it.” Seeking inputs from industrialists, the Chief Minister explained about the ‘seven missions, five grids and five campaigns’. He suggested industry bodies like CII, FICCI and FAPCCI to work with local bodies, involve entrepreneurs and introduce innovations that are simpler and easier to adopt.

Stating that capacity building was a challenge that States were facing, the Chief Minister said it was high time to pay back to the society. “I appreciate corporates for contributing to the society through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). You have to play the role of a catalyst,” he added. Naidu suggested that they could start with analysis of the current status of the village or ward and chart a plan of action. The Chief Minister said that the government would have a team of officials who would work with various industries on this programme and make them great public private partnership models.

According to the Chief Minister, the government could set up an institute in partnership with CII or any other industry body to promote entrepreneurs and work on Smart Village programme by empowering locals. Sri City Foundation’s Srini Raju informed the Chief Minister that the foundation was working on skill development and social empowerment.

The Chief Minister asked the foundation to adopt over 100 villages near Sri City under the Smart Village programme. Raju accepted the Chief Minister’s suggestion and said he would take up the adoption of the villages. Jain Education Society which is charging Rs 1 fee for underprivileged kids in their schools said it could contribute to this programme by providing quality education.

Vishal Ketani of Coca Cola said the company was working on water management, sanitation and drinking water as part of their CSR activities. He informed the Chief Minister that the company had adopted six villages in AP under the programme. Another industrialist from Andhra Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Bhaskar Rao Potluri, said they were ready to adopt 500 villages in the State. The organisation is currently working on organic farming with farmers and also on skill development.

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