Visiting Andhra Chief Minister Dr Chandra Babu Naidu lauds Asian Lite newspaper for its “positive journalism” to promote Indian culture and traditions….writes Dr Sekhar Vemuri
London witnessed a unique event. Here is another laurel for Asian Lite newspaper. The most popular Chief Minister of India, Dr Chandra Babu Naidu praised Asian Lite for its commitment to promote Indian culture and traditions abroad. He was addressing the Telugu diaspora to promote “Smart Village” Concept at Taj, St James Court in central London.
Andhra Pradesh Municipal Minister Dr Ponguru Narayana and Education Minister Mr Ganta Srinivasa Rao were present. The chief minister officially released the Asian Lite special edition to mark his historic visit to London.
Several professionals from the state – especially doctors and IT expers – attended the event. All of them agree with the Smart Village concept and they said they are willing to participate in the project. Nearly 100 people adopted villages in Andhra Pradesh.
“Here is an opportunity to give something back to the Mother Land,” Dr Prasad Rao from Stock-on-Trent, one of the prominent members of the Telugu diaspora in the UK, told Asian Lite.
The chief minister said every household in Andhra Pradesh should have one computer literate and one entrepreneur. He also mooted the idea of direct flights between Amaravathi and London. The chief minister said he is hoping Amaravathi and Vizag will become smart cities in the world.
“To make our state sustainable and smart, it is not only necessary to have smart cities but also smart villages and towns,” said Naidu. “There are 13 districts, 664 mandals, 111 municipal bodies, 12,950 gram panchayats and 16,250 villages, including wards and divisions. If these 16,250 villages can be adopted, the entire state can be transformed into ‘Smart Andhra Pradesh’.
“Just like smart cities, a smart village should be interactive and multi-functional; there should be active participation of people in various activities. A smart village should have power, knowledge, healthcare, technology, entrepreneurship and internet connectivity.
“Our focus on building smart cities is prudent and timely. Simultaneously, if smart villages are built, apart from the benefits that it will bring to villagers, it would also solve one of the biggest problems cities are facing today – migration.
“This plan also puts our state in tune with the Central government’s Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) to adopt one village and develop that village as a model village.
“I appeal to NRIs, NGOs, VIPs, Corporates, Philanthropists, Ministers, MLAs, etc to adopt one village each and develop our state into a ‘Smart Andhra Pradesh’.”