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Bring in at least 2 IT firms to AP, Lokesh dares YSRCP

Bring in at least 2 IT firms to AP, Lokesh dares YSRCP
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Minister for IT Nara Lokesh challenged the leaders of Opposition YSR Congress party to bring at least two IT companies to the state instead of making allegations against him personally. 

Amaravati: Minister for IT Nara Lokesh challenged the leaders of Opposition YSR Congress party to bring at least two IT companies to the state instead of making allegations against him personally.

He said that he would bear expenditure of flight tickets and accommodation, if the Opposition party accepts his challenge. Answering to the members during the question hour in the Assembly on Friday, he said that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his IT ministry have been working hard for bringing the IT companies and investments.

The State government has introduced IT policy for providing several benefits to the companies, he said and recalled that most of the IT companies were in Hyderabad in the past. The government has been taking steps to set up Fortune-500 companies in the State with a view to provide employment for one lakh people in IT sector and 2 lakh jobs in electronics sector, he revealed.

The minister has said the government would create four Cyberabads in Vizag, Amaravati, Tirupati and Anantapur in the State. Already 16,853 jobs were provided jobs in the state and 27,500 more jobs would come soon with the establishment of various companies. The MoUs have been signed for creating 40,000 more jobs. Similarly, 20,000 jobs were created through India BPO scheme, he said.

The big companies like Microsoft established their companies in Hyderabad following the efforts of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the past. Now the State government succeeded to attract various top level companies. The famous Franklin Templeton Company expressed interest to start its unit in Vizag city.

The company would invest Rs 455 crore and provide employment for 2500 people, he said. But the Opposition leader Jaganmohan Reddy and his media were making allegations against the progress that was achieved, he regretted.

The minister requested the leaders of Opposition party not to make baseless allegations on the development. The Fortune-500 companies were sensitive he said and added that baseless allegations would stall development and employment.

The Minister recalled that Reliance Jio has also agreed to start its unit at Amaravati which would provide sizable number of jobs to the youth of the State.

The giant company like HCL also started data centre in Amaravati and the entire areas of Mangalagiri and Gannavaram emerged as IT hubs he said and added that now there is a huge demand for space to set up IT companies in the State.

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