Andhra Pradesh Magazine English June 2016 - Page 6

2nd Anniversary From a sense of despair, there is a now shining glimmer of hope. A new found confidence that the state's future is in the able hands of a leader, whose enormous experience, proactive approach and steely resolve have become legendary. It took him and his government that extra effort, that self-motivation to tide over, to make things work, to get results. 6 T wo years may not be an adequate time to bring about a transformation in the fortunes of a state. Especially, of a state like the disinherited Andhra Pradesh that had touched its lowest ebb in the aftermath of the unfair and unscientific division which left in its wake a plethora of almost insurmountable odds. But thanks to the iron-willed leadership provided by Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the residual Andhra Pradesh has witnessed tremendous progress since June 2014 when the new government took over the administration of the orphaned state. Two years later, a sea change is discernible. From a sense of despair, there is a now shining glimmer of hope. A new found confidence that the state's future is in the able hands of a leader, whose enormous experience, proactive approach and steely resolve have become legendary. Of course, even for a seasoned captain like Chandrababu Naidu, it was not easy to navigate the rocky ship in the choppy waters. It took him and his government that extra effort, that self-motivation to tide over, to make things work, to get results. Imagine a government that has no capital city to work from, no basic facilities for performing administrative functions, restrictive infrastructure and a debilitating fiscal scenario. Any faint-hearted Chief Minister would have found his spirits dampened in the face of such adversity. But not Chandrababu Naidu who jumped headlong into the business at hand. From creating a policy framework in the form of grids and missions to branding Sunrise Andhra Pradesh, from setting ambitious targets for various sectors to their monitoring in minute detail, from grounding projects in the shortest possible time such as Pattiseema to attracting bigticket investments from across the world, the journey of Andhra Pradesh in these two eventful years has been breath-taking. *** The proof of the pudding, however, is in the eating. Let's savour some of the tangible outcomes. The state that was born in financial deficit is now outperforming the national average, registering a double digit growth. The state that had power cuts even during winters not long ago is now power surplus, and is fast emerging as a model state in the sector. "Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's first wish was to supply 24x7 power in 12 months but he could achieve it in just seven months. And the state has been consistently doing it," gushed Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal. Pattiseema, the first ever linking of rivers in the country, completed in record time, has been celebrated nationally and widely described as the first major step towards Inter Linking of Rivers in India. The CM literally sleeping by the irrigation projects ensured that several projects that were moving at snail's pace have now picked up visible momentum. From the innovative land pooling for the capital city to the painstaking ANDHRAPRADESHMAGAZINE.ORG JUNE 2016