Accusing the State government of negligence in utilising the favourable decisions of the Central government in the last four years, Rajya Sabha member G.V.L. Narasimha Rao on Saturday said it reflected the Chief Minister’s ‘selective interest’ in some projects.

The State was unable to avail itself of the benefits given by Centre and special projects sanctioned by it, he said in a letter to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

Mr. Rao said Mr. Naidu would often say A.P. required a big push for industrialisation, but to no avail as his government could not use the offers.

He appealed to the CM to focus on development and shun attempts to whip up sentiments for his political benefit.

Such desperate attempts would fail as people were perceptive and could not be misled by self-seeking politicians. Referring to the CM’s visit to Ongole, Mr. Rao said the government’s track record had been abysmal in his ( Mr. Rao’s) native Prakasam district, where the National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) had been a non-starter in spite of several reminders from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on the progress it was supposed to make since its sanction in October 2015.

Mr. Rao asked why the State government was denying the benefits of the NIMZ to the people and appealed to the CM to concentrate on the projects approved by the Central government like the industrial corridors and the NIMZs in Prakasam and Chittoor districts.

Seaport

He also sought to know the reasons for the government’s lack of response to the Centre’s proposal to set up a seaport at another location as an alternative to the unviable one at Dugarajapatnam.

The Chief Minister should focus on development and shun attempts to whip up sentiments for his political benefit

G.V.L. Narasimha Rao

BJP Rajya Sabha member

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