Amaravati, January 27: Chandrababu Naidu, set to create Andhra Pradesh brand by planning strategies to create roadmaps for the state. Having sought the direction of several experts to "prepare a strategic roadmap" for the state and making them members of a task force, Andhra Pradesh government appears to have shown little interest to carry the mission forward.As part of its plan to create a 'Brand Andhra Pradesh', the Chandrababu Naidu government on August 2014 constituted a 40-member high-level Task Force for Industry and Infrastructure, headed by the Chief Minister. Its mission was to "prepare a strategic roadmap and provide inputs for overall economic development" based on the identified vision for the new state. The prime endeavor of the task force among the "terms and conditions" set by the government was to promote 'Brand Andhra Pradesh' by suggesting policy directions for the growth of all sectors of industries in the state.
Some of the 19 industry experts forming part of the panel are: Azim Premji, Adi Godrej, K V Kamath, S Ramadorai, Sunil Kant Munjal, Chandrajit Banerjee and Venu Srinivasan. They were supposed to suggest strategies and guidelines, in identified focus areas, for industrial investment promotion, development of green and friendly cities, agriculture and food processing sectors, infrastructure and logistics.
It was supposed to meet once in three months in the first year to discuss and suggest ways and means to make the state a globally-competitive investment destination in manufacturing, pharma and life sciences, agri-processing, knowledge-based industries, ports and logistics, petrochemicals and mineral processing. It was also expected to suggest and facilitate projects in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode in the state.
"Yes, the task force did not meet even once after it was constituted. We don't know the reasons why it became dysfunctional," the industrial experts said. "There are so many committees and sub-committees in the government, some of which are not directly related to our department. We attend such meetings only when invited," one minister said. As the Chief Minister himself has been promoting Andhra Pradesh as a brand globally, the task force might have been "overlooked", the minister said.